Callum Kennedy: I like how Leyton Orient manager Andy Edwards and Danny Webb work
17:00 30 November 2016
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Former Swindon Town trainee explains why O’s new manager has impressed squad at Brisbane Road
Callum Kennedy feels Andy Edwards can help Leyton Orient move up the League Two table from 22nd after his appointment as permanent manager last week.
Alberto Cavasin was sacked by O’s following the 1-0 defeat at home to Exeter City with Edwards replacing the Italian and first-team coach Danny Webb moving up to the role of assistant.
Orient suffered a 3-1 defeat on Saturday at Doncaster Rovers and now have to wait until December 10 for their next fixture – a crucial home fixture with Accrington Stanley.
“I like how Andy and ‘Webby’ work and they always explain the thought process behind what they are doing,” said Kennedy. “They want to simplify things and sooner or later things have to change for us if we keep working hard.
“We have got a few people injured so we’ve got them to come back and if we can set ourselves up how we want to play and get a result against Accrington then it is building blocks and confidence returns.
“We can then start looking more up rather than down, but we are going to be alright, we’ve got to keep digging in and working hard.”
Saturday’s match at the Keepmoat Stadium was Edwards’ first official match in charge after having a spell as interim boss earlier this season.
When Andy Hessenthaler was sacked on September 26, Edwards was manager for the Plymouth Argyle fixture a day later and an away clash at Barnet on October 1.
Kennedy was impressed with the game plans used during those two matches before Cavasin’s arrival.
Orient lost 2-0 to Plymouth, though played 76 minutes with 10 men and produced a performance full of spirit and determination, while at the Hive they played out a goalless draw.
But a groin issue meant Kennedy didn’t have much chance to work under Edwards prior to Saturday’s fixture at Rovers.
“I came off injured against Exeter and had a scan on Thursday so it was a bit touch and go for me at Doncaster. I didn’t actually train until Friday,” explained the left-back.
“In the two games he took over before – Barnet we had a very good game plan to keep compact and keep a clean sheet and I felt like going into that game everybody knew what we were doing.
“Plymouth was a bit of a strange match in the sense that we got two players sent off, but we were organised defensively.”
The 27-year-old felt their game plan was working at Doncaster to an extent, especially when he fired the visitors ahead with a free kick in the 19th minute.
Jordan Houghton equalised for Darren Ferguson’s team just before half time and Liam Mandeville found the net with two penalties after the break to hand Rovers a 3-1 victory.
Kennedy added: “We came to Doncaster with a game plan and I felt first half it worked. We knew they would have possession and chances and it was a case of maybe we needed to get lucky and we got that.
“When I scored and for the 10 minutes after, I was thinking ‘this could be our day’ and the goal before half time is very disappointing.”
It was another defeat for O’s, but the time to start judging is Saturday week at home to Accrington.