Leyton Orient boss Embleton Happe with young defender’s winner over Bradford
- Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo
Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton heaps praise on young defender Dan Happe as he netted the winner in their 1-0 victory over Bradford City.
A 64th minute goal from 22-year-old Happe as he nodded home a fantastic free-kick from substitute Jordan Maguire-Drew bagged the O’s the three points at the Breyer Group Stadium.
That win moves the O’s up to eighth in the League Two table as they made it back-to-back wins at home.
“I distinctly remember Dan Happe scoring a very similar header, but I think the cross might have come from the other side at Sutton away the year we won the league,” Embleton said.
“Dan has become a massive fixture in the team, we have high expectations for him every week, and we feel he has more to offer in terms of the goals he’s scores.
You may also want to watch:
“He defends our box really well, he’s become a lot more aggressive in terms of his heading and clearances, and we know how good he is on the ball.
“He needs to be more of a threat in the box, he wins a lot of headers, but he could score more so absolutely delighted that we scored a winner and delighted for Dan as it’s something we’re really looking to implement into his game.”
- 1 Murder arrest after woman stabbed to death in Whitechapel this morning
- 2 Fury as family homes vanish when Isle of Dogs landlord converts to bedsits
- 3 Two men arrested after police officers assaulted in Limehouse rave
- 4 Man sentenced after teenage boy groomed on Snapchat to sell heroin
- 5 Airbnb house party violence leaves police officer with broken finger
- 6 'Racist consultation' protest rejected on Tower Hamlets street closures as Labour sticks to its manifesto
- 7 Police hunt after stabbing in Cable Street: One man hurt
- 8 Teenager found dead in Victoria Park
- 9 Covid vaccination hub opening in Westfield next week
- 10 Council fined for Alexia Walenkaki's playground death in Mile End and says sorry to family
The boss also gave credit to substitute Jordan Maguire-Drew who had a real impact on the game setting up the goal from a free-kick after replacing the injured Conor Wilkinson at half-time.
“Two good set-pieces, Jordan has been frustrated lately as he should be because he hasn’t had the minutes on the pitch that he would have liked, but we know that he has that star quality from those wide areas.
“Not just from dead balls, but also when he gets room to chop, and create himself a yard. Delighted for him that he was the one that provided that assist for that goal.”
Embleton also revealed the extent of Wilkinson’s injury, by saying: “It looked like it as we were wandering down the tunnel, Conor was limping quite heavily, I saw him get a whack early on and people would have seen he went down on one of our set-pieces in the box.
“He looked like he was in some discomfort, got himself through to half-time, and then couldn’t carry on.
“I’m hoping it settles down, he said the guy stamped on his foot, I don’t know but let’s hope the damage is not too bad.”
The former Swindon Town assistant manager also believe Ouss Cisse has been a real influence in the O’s recent fortunes.
“I remember analysing the Walsall away game, we got beat, and we never got the game on our terms which suits Cisse.
“They tried to stop Cisse, but his impact on the game, and how he can move the opposition is always very important.
“I think not taking anything away from him, actually giving him a lot of credit, we have to allow Cisse to look like a good player.
“If it’s scrappy and we’re putting it over his head then that’s not him.”