GARY ROBERTS fired his first goal since August to set Town on the way to a second successive 4-0 home win then hailed development coach Paul Stephenson for his work on the training ground.

The wingman’s strike in first-half stoppage time was followed by goals from Nathan Clarke (57th minute), Michael Collins (74th) and 12-goal top scorer Jordan Rhodes (90th) as Town put Leyton Orient to the sword to go seventh in League I.

Roberts, last on target when Brighton were beaten 7-1 at the Galpharm, insisted the team performance was the most important thing but conceded: “It felt like a lifetime since I got my last goal, so I was really pleased to see it go in.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work with Paul Stephenson, who has been encouraging me to shoot more with my right foot, and I suppose it’s a case of practice makes perfect!

“My goal came at a good time, because had they gone in even at half-time, they would have fancied their chances, but to give away a goal so late is a real sickener.

“Being a winger is about creating goals as well as scoring, so to have a couple of assists was great as well, and I’m more than happy.

“Hopefully the fans will have gone home happy as well, and this win has set things up nicely for next Sunday.”

Town visit Oldham Athletic for a derby which kicks off at 2.00 and Roberts added: “We should take a good following, and it would be a great place to start getting the results the bulk of our away performances have deserved.

“There are a few ex-Town players there, which will make it interesting, but our focus is firmly on winning.”

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