Clohessy: Orient are learning all the time

Leyton Orient defender Sean Clohessy in action against Bristol Rovers (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient defender Sean Clohessy in action against Bristol Rovers (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

Full back discusses partnership between Ian Hendon and Andy Hessenthaler

Sean Clohessy believes Leyton Orient have sent a message out to their rivals in League Two after winning their fifth consecutive game of the season on Saturday at home to Bristol Rovers.

Ian Hendon’s side remained top of the table with a 100 per cent record after Lloyd James found the net with a penalty and Jay Simpson scored on the stroke of half time at Brisbane Road.

The next challenge for the O’s is a trip to Devon to face Exeter City on Saturday, after losing to Luton Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night.

Clohessy said: “We want to stay on a roll. Five wins sends a message out to the league. If you win two it is okay you have won two, but five is a big statement.


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“At Newport recently we had a bit of a kick up the backside. First 10 minutes we dominated and then took our foot off the gas and thought we were going to stroll it.

“They scored two in a minute and they made it a difficult game and maybe we shouldn’t have come away with the three points.

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“That fixture showed us that it is not easy in League Two and we have stood up to the test we faced on Saturday against Bristol.

“We made it look a little bit easier than it could have been. We did well and we need to try and roll on and get another win”

Although Orient faced some testing moments against Rovers, they always looked in control and won the fixture with a pleasing deal ofprofessionalism.

Hendon would have been delighted and it was revealed this week that the O’s boss and Dean Cox had been nominated for manager and player of the month respectively after their successful opening month of the season.

Clohessy was full of praise for the Orient manager and discussed how his partnership with assistant Andy Hessenthaler works.

“The gaffer is relaxed, but you know there is a trigger there. You know if you are not doing your job,” added Clohessy.

“He is a fair man and wouldn’t shout at somebody for no reason, but if you are not doing your job you are going to get told. I think there is a good combination.

“It is not just the gaffer, you have ‘Hessy’ as well. They have a good balance and ‘Hessy’ is a little bit of a joker, he calms people down and the gaffer is a little more quiet.

“They both have a lot of rapport with the boys and a lot of talk. There isn’t much distance in the group, there are always laughs and jokes and I think that is good.

“It doesn’t matter what we do, like we were poor at Newport recently, but we came back into the training ground and the atmosphere was still good.”

The morale in the camp is understandably high as Orient have that winning feeling, but they appear to be learning from any mistakes they are making in games they are victorious in.

It’s one thing to learn from defeat, but another to continue improving when you win as well, but Orient seem to be doing that.

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