Blair’s which project gives Hendon a ‘good headache’

Leyton Orient's Blair Turgott celebrates his stunning goal against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Leyton Orient's Blair Turgott celebrates his stunning goal against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor) - Credit: Archant

Former West Ham man discusses his impact off the bench, the volley against MK Dons and Bristol Rovers

Leyton Orient made it four League Two wins from four at Newport County on Saturday and Blair Turgott’s contribution in the last two games is very encouraging for Ian Hendon and his staff.

The 21-year-old, who progressed through the academy at West Ham United, scored a stunning goal against Stevenage last Tuesday to help inspire a 3-0 triumph at Brisbane Road.

He was introduced on the hour mark against Borough, but was summoned seven minutes earlier by Hendon on Saturday with O’s struggling and Turgott helped give Orient the upper hand.

He assisted what would turn out to be the winning goal from Dean Cox just six minutes after being sent on to the pitch at Rodney Parade and he worked hard to ensure the east Londoners returned back across the border with three points and their 100 per cent record intact.


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The former Coventry City ace is pleased to be giving his manager a nice problem at the moment.

Turgott said: “We got a little lift after changing formation against Newport when me and Ollie Palmer came on and I am happy to help the team.

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“When you are on the bench it is sometimes hard, but the manager has got a winning team so it is hard to change it.

“For me, it is about trying to give the gaffer a problem. When I do get my opportunity I want to show I do want to be playing and I’m not here to sit on the bench, but to play as well.”

Hendon will be happy to have his substitutes champing at the bit and providing a selection headache for him ahead of the visit of Bristol Rovers.

Orient were not at their best against Newport, but managed to grind out a win and remain top of the table.

They will need to be better against Rovers, though, if they are to make it five from five. Turgott may be restricted to an impact role again, but he is happy to wait for his chance.

“I’d like to start, but the boys that have been starting have done brilliantly so I am not here to bitch about anyone,” he said.

“I think whether I do start on the bench or from the off, I will just be doing my best to help us get the win. It is the gaffer’s decision now whether to pick me. All I can do is carry on doing what I am doing.”

A demonstration of Turgott’s ability was his first goal for the O’s against Stevenage recently. His controlled volley sealed the points against Borough and finished off a classy team move.

But what did Turgott make of it? “It was a good finish wasn’t it?” he smiled.

“No, but seriously it was all right and a good connection. It was more about the play leading up to it, not just the finish. It was a great team goal by us.”

Turgott may not start against Rovers, but he should do in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Luton on Tuesday and it will be another chance for him to impress.

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