Hendon: We owe fans a performance

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

Brisbane Road boss unhappy with players after loss to Accrington Stanley and discusses what went wrong on Saturday

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon admitted his players owe the fans a performance after such a disappointing display against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

A Josh Windass goal in the first half, after the O’s defence had been sliced open, earned the visitors all three points.

The east Londoners began the game strongly and created a number of early chances, but failed to take them.

Stanley grew in confidence and after taking the lead, never really looked like losing it with Orient unable to find a response.


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Hendon said: “I wouldn’t say it was a good performance last week at Morecambe. It was a battling display, I never said it was good.

“We were fortunate enough to get a goal and there wasn’t much in the game, but we scored first and that is what has happened on Saturday.

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“Accrington scored first and fair play they have defended well after that and we have not played how I have liked.”

The O’s were booed off at half time at Brisbane Road and more of the same followed at the full time whistle.

Some supporters hurled abuse at Hendon and he felt the opening goal was key on Saturday.

With Ryman Premier side Staines Town visiting this weekend in the first round of the FA Cup, Orient’s boss expects a response.

Hendon added: “We most definitely owe the fans a performance. First and foremost the players do. We don’t coach them all week to go and perform like they did against Accrington Stanley.

“The first 20 minutes we were in good shape and created some good chances and had them under pressure. But we didn’t take them and goals change games and it changed the match and the atmosphere and I am sure that was in Accrington’s game plan.”

After the match, Hendon admitted he may need to make changes if things don’t improve, but wouldn’t be drawn on how.

“The changes will be whatever I decide during this week, whatever that may be. It could be players coming in depending on certain things or it might be within in the squad,” added the O’s head coach.

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