Steve Davis expects Leyton Orient to bounce back from Boreham Wood defeat when Halifax Town visit Brisbane Road
PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 September 2017
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After a frustrating day at Meadow Park, O’s will look for more home comforts and Jamie Sendles-White is set to make his full debut for the club
Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis is anticipating a difficult match with Halifax Town on Tuesday night, but expects his team to perform a lot better than they did at Boreham Wood on Saturday.
Goals from Danny Woodards and Kieran Murtagh handed the O’s a 2-0 defeat at Meadow Park last weekend.
Orient were poor and struggled to create chances during the contest in Hertfordshire and will look to respond tomorrow when the Shaymen visit Brisbane Road.
Davis said: “I don’t think any game in the National League is easy and I don’t think you can approach any fixture with any complacency.
“I did mention that to the players on Saturday that I felt they had been a little bit complacent and read too much into what was happening lately being up near the top.
“The results went well for us at the weekend, but we will lose if we don’t perform well as a group and only really Jobi (McAnuff) could come out with any credit at Boreham Wood.
“I thought he ran around like a teenager, but apart from that I couldn’t pick anyone else out that did well and if you have that situation then it is very hard to win a match at any level.”
Although Davis was unhappy with the defeat and the performance, he has backed his squad to deliver tomorrow.
There is a great togetherness in the O’s camp, which was highlighted at the weekend despite the poor result.
Charlie Lee and Michael Clark were both present at Boreham Wood despite the former being out through injury and the other not selected in the squad.
It shows everyone is in it together and the latter may now get a chance following the injuries to Josh Coulson (groin) and George Elokobi (hamstring).
“The dressing room is really strong and they are fine, but they know they have let people down and not played to the level they should have played at,” said Davis.
“We didn’t play at the intensity we have been, so they will want to bounce back and they are a good group.
“Charlie was in there and he wanted to come to the game and was trying to pick everyone up and ‘Clarky’ was the same.
“All the players in the squad want to be there, so that is a great situation to have and they all want to be involved. Now we have a few injuries some of them will be on Tuesday.”
With Coulson and Elokobi almost certain to be ruled out of the Halifax game, it is expected Jamie Sendles-White will feature at the heart of O’s defence.
Clark appears to be above Aron Pollock in the pecking order when it comes to centre backs at the club, but the pair will now be battling to start on Tuesday.
Sendles-White will be the more experienced defender despite only being 23 and Davis will expect him to help his less senior partner through at Brisbane Road.
The former Swindon Town centre back played 90 minutes last Tuesday in a friendly fixture at Stevenage and also turned out for the O’s in a behind-closed-doors clash with Dagenham & Redbridge last month.
He hasn’t started a competitive match for just under a year, however, after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage to his knee on September 17 while playing for the Robins at home to Bury in League One.
It has been a long road to recovery for Sendles-White, but now is a chance for the talented young defender to impress.
Davis said: “His fitness is there and it is just the sharpness of games which might catch him out occasionally, but in terms of being fit to play, he is definitely able to play on Tuesday and most likely will do.”
As mentioned, Sendles-White will partner either Clark or Pollock and the O’s head coach is looking forward to seeing what the academy graduates can do.
He added: “We need to utilise them before we look anywhere else and we have to be fair and give them a chance.
“We want to see what they can do. Can they come in at this level and perform and do well? We will see.”