Hendon hints at giving Dunne extended run
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Brisbane Road boss previews tonight’s cup clash against MK Dons and praises defenders Mathieu Baudry and Connor Essam
Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon has hinted Alan Dunne could make his full competitive debut at MK Dons tonight in their Capital One Cup first round tie.
The O’s make the trip to stadiummk full of confidence after defeating Barnet on Saturday at Brisbane Road in their League Two opener.
It could bring back some bad memories for a few members of the squad, though, as the last time they played Dons they were battered 6-1 in April.
However under Hendon, Orient have a new look to them and Dunne may make his full debut alongside the likes of fellow summer signings Ollie Palmer and Blair Turgott in the cup competition this evening.
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“I’m being totally honest we have been focused on this game with Barnet, this was the most important one,” said Hendon.
“Alan could be involved against MK Dons, a few of them on the bench could be involved.
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“I know MK Dons had a great result against Rotherham on Saturday, but we will see what happens.”
If Dunne does play he may feature in midfield after Hendon lavished praise on his central defensive pairing against Barnet.
Captain Mathieu Baudry and Connor Essam appear to have formed a solid partnership already and both did well on Saturday, especially the latter.
The O’s head coach felt his skipper did was solid too and put in a professional display after picking up a booking in the first half.
Hendon added: “I thought the two centre halves were fantastic and the Barnet pair are not an easy duo to play against.
“It was on them all day, the ball kept getting stuck in there. Matty got a yellow card and you are a little bit on edge then.
“One foot out of place or one tackle or a challenge the referee doesn’t like and he is off so he handled that very well and was very professional the way he went about it second half.
“I think there is a good mix and blend of youth and experience all over. You have Sean Clohessy at right-back, who is very experienced at this level, and Frazer Shaw, who is just coming into it.
“You have a similar thing with Connor and Baudry, they compliment each other. All over we are like that and we can bring Dunne on at the end to shore things up and add his experience to it.”