Tom James scored his second goal in successive matches as Leyton Orient secured two league wins from two with a 1-0 victory at Crawley.
The hosts, beaten by the same scoreline at Carlisle in their opener, again struggled for fluidity and rarely threatened to agree.
Crawley hosted a bumper crowd of almost 4,000 after new owners slashed season ticket prices, and new boss Kevin Betsy promised “genuine positivity” in his first home game in charge.
The Reds threatened in the 19th minute when debutant Teddy Jenks put on James Tilley but he drilled in a low shot 12 yards from the post.
Crawley defender George Francomb blocked a George Moncur shot before a low drive from Theo Archibald was saved by Corey Addai, who was making his first EFL start.
Orient took the lead in terrific style just five minutes after the break when Crawley only half cleared a corner and full-back James fired an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box to net his second goal in two games in front of O fans.
Crawley then had a let go when substitute Paul Smyth got through but fired wide.
Substitute Kwesi Appiah forced Lawrence Vigouroux to save in stoppage time, but the O’s held on.