Shaun backs boss to keep getting results

17:00 24 February 2016

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan celebrates (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan celebrates (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Peterborough United defender discusses having a player-manager and his goal at Meadow Lane

Leyton Orient defender Shaun Brisley celebrates his goal at Notts County with team mate Nicky Hunt (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient defender Shaun Brisley celebrates his goal at Notts County with team mate Nicky Hunt (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Shaun Brisley believes Kevin Nolan is doing a fantastic job as Leyton Orient player-manager just over a month into his stint as Brisbane Road boss.

The former West Ham United captain surprised many by taking the job with the east Londoners, but has done well so far.

A 1-0 victory at Notts County on Saturday gave him a fourth win out of six matches since taking over at Brisbane Road.

Brisley scored the only goal of the game at Meadow Lane in the 76th minute to secure the points, in what was a third consecutive success on the road for Nolan since his appointment on January 21, and the boss was praised by the Peterborough United loanee.

He said: “You don’t get many player-managers these days, but he is doing a fantastic job at the minute.

“He has come into the team, played well and we are picking up results to move up the table, so being player-manager is only a plus right now.”

Nolan has started the O’s last three games and helped them pick up six points out of nine.

They were thrashed 4-0 by League Two leaders Northampton Town in between their wins at Portsmouth and Notts County, but Brisley believes having the O’s manager on the pitch has helped everybody in the team.

While the former Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers man doesn’t appear 100 per cent match fit just yet, his influence appears to have played a part so far.

“You do give a little word in his ear if he does something wrong, but you don’t try and shout at the manager so everyone sees you having a go at him,” added Brisley when asked what it is like having his boss alongside him.

“The gaffer will take criticism and give it out, obviously. He has played at the top so can give it out and rouse the players up.

“Having him on the team in front of you gives you a boost as well because he has been there and done it. It makes you want to churn out good performances.”

Orient’s display against the Magpies wasn’t exactly vintage, but they grinded their way to victory and did all they needed to.

Conditions did make things difficult for both teams and the 4,878 supporters in attendance at Meadow Lane will not remember this encounter as a classic, but Brisley might.

It was the 200th league start the 25-year-old has made and his first goal for his latest club.

County failed to clear a Jobi McAnuff corner properly and after Brisley and Mathieu Baudry had efforts blocked, the Posh ace lashed the loose ball past home custodian Roy Carroll.

“The ball come to me originally and I screamed at ‘Frenchy’ saying ‘it is there’,” he added.

“He had an effort that the goalkeeper managed to save and I just kicked it. I didn’t even realise it had gone into the back of the net until everyone jumped on me. I tried to get away to celebrate, but they manhandled me!”

Fittingly it was a scrappy goal to win a scrappy game that won’t live long in the memory, although it was a decent strike by Brisley.

After the loss to the Cobblers, it was crucial Orient got their promotion challenge back on track and they did in the Midlands.

Next up is a home encounter with Crawley Town this weekend and Nolan’s men need to find some consistency at Brisbane Road if they are to be in contention come the end of the season.

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