James Brophy felt as though it was Leyton Orient’s character that carried them across the line against Eastleigh on Tuesday night.

The winger notched the winner for the O’s as they fought from 2-1 down to win 3-2 courtesy of two quickfire goals in the second half, and having already pulled themselves level once before in the game and drawing at the weekend having been two goals down, Brophy was full of praise for the fight he and his teammates showed.

After Tuesday’s match, he said: “I thought on Saturday we’d possibly done enough to turn it around and get all three points and we had to dig deep again tonight. We’ve fallen behind to two goals that were avoidable again but this time we’ve done enough to come back and win the game.

“The gaffer mentioned in his notes about Saturday, how the crowd stayed with us even when we fell behind and I think that was the case again tonight. I think the players really felt that. We’re strong as a group, we’re together as a group and we’ve got the spirit within the group to come back but to have the fans right behind us even when we’re down, it means a lot and I think it gives you that extra push.”

Orient found themselves 2-1 down at the break courtesy of former O Paul McCallum’s brace, scoring either side of a Josh Koroma equaliser, but the message from head coach Justin Edinburgh during the interval spurred his side on and strikes from Macauley Bonne and Brophy sealed the points.

Brophy said: “[His message was] that we’ve played well and we’re creating chances but we need to be more aggressive when they pick up the ball and they’re on the counter attack, we need to be more aggressive to win it back early.

“It was all about that final action. We were creating chances similar to Saturday which we needed to finish off and we did that in the second half.”

Both goals after half-time truly showed the quality that Orient have within their ranks, the first being a swift breakaway which was finished off by Bonne on the turn before a delightful backheel from substitute James Dayton played in Sam Ling, who squared across for Brophy to slam home the half’s second, and the match-winner felt as though both moves were a prime example of the team’s capabilities.

He said: “I think the goals exemplify what we are as a team. I think everyone played their part in the goals. They were two goals that we got from one end of the pitch to the other very quickly and the final bit in the goals was the precision and that’s why we were able to finish them off.”