McAnuff enjoying his football at Orient

16:00 08 February 2016

Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff lets fly against Portsmouth and finds the net (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

The 34-year-old is older than player-manager Kevin Nolan but isn’t thinking about the future yet

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan looks to block Portsmouth's Gary Roberts hitting the ball forward (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan looks to block Portsmouth's Gary Roberts hitting the ball forward (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Jobi McAnuff is fully concentrated on Leyton Orient and not thinking too much about life after football just yet.

The Jamaican international showed he has plenty left in the locker by scoring a wonderful winner at Portsmouth on Saturday.

He curled over home goalkeeper Ryan Fulton to give Kevin Nolan’s side a fully deserved 1-0 victory on the south coast.

McAnuff is actually older than Nolan, but aims to play for a long while and is loving his football at Brisbane Road.

“Obviously you have to start thinking about life after football because I am 34 now and I won’t play forever,” said the Orient ace.

Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff jumps for joy after scoring at Portsmouth (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff jumps for joy after scoring at Portsmouth (pic: Simon O'Connor).

“I am enjoying my football now, I feel fit and I want to play as long as I can first and foremost.

“You always think about things after football, but at the minute I am focused on playing well and enjoying it and I am right now.”

The winner at Fratton Park wasn’t the first strike of quality from the experienced ace this season.

He smashed in an unstoppable effort against Yeovil Town in December, which was arguably just as good.

Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff celebrates after his goal at Portsmouth (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff celebrates after his goal at Portsmouth (pic: Simon O'Connor).

When asked to pick his best of the season, the former Reading captain added: “It was a good one but I think my goal at home was probably a better strike - pure wise.

“At Portsmouth I suppose it was as good, I will have to have a look as I haven’t seen it back yet. It was nice to get it.”

Orient’s second half display at Fratton Park was one of their best of the campaign after a uneventful opening 45.

Nolan and his squad were satisfied with how things had gone during the first period against Portsmouth and it was similar to their performance at Wycombe Wanderers.

“We were pretty happy with the first half in terms of stifling what they were doing and being solid, which you have to do away from home,” said McAnuff.

“We know what we have got in the changing room so we are confident of creating chances and scoring goals as long as we can keep it simple. We just came out and wanted to start the first 15 minutes of the second half well and see where it went.”

It certainly ended nicely for the O’s as they earned another away success to move up to sixth in the table.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

London Raiders defenceman John Connolly (pic: John Scott)

Connolly and Chittock back for another campaign

West Ham captain Mark Noble (inside, right) cuts the ribbon at the new Stadium Store alongside Josh Cullen (far, right) and young goalkeeper Sam Howes (far, left) (pic: WHUFC).

Canning Town boy full of praise for boss Slaven Bilic who has impressed as a pundit for ITV during the Euro’s

Yesterday, 22:29
Edward Kennett of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Elite League: Swindon 52 Lakeside Hammers 41

Yesterday, 19:38
Paul Walter in batting action for Hornchurch against Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Walter called into squad for games against Hampshire and Surrey

Yesterday, 15:30
Frazer Shaw only made nine appearances for Leyton Orient in 2016 after impressing during the first half of the campaign (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Youngster excited to join Lancashire outfit and feel they can help him push on in his career

Yesterday, 14:17
The ground which Ilford Catholic call home in Barkingside

Ilford Catholic’s Andy Humphrey is writing a blog during the 2016 season

Wed, 18:43
Essex's James Foster  was among those to struggle with the bat(pic: Empics)

A round-up of the action on the final day of the County Championship tie

Wed, 16:00
Luan and Liam Veras won gold medals for Tower Hamlets at the London Youth Games judo finals

Borough youngsters win London Youth Games medals

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport


Show Job Lists


£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today