Rommy Boco happy to compete with ‘good players’ at Leyton Orient and pleased after scoring leveller at Aldershot Town

Rommy Boco is congratulated by his Leyton Orient team-mates while Jobi McAnuff (left) hugs Macauley

Rommy Boco is congratulated by his Leyton Orient team-mates while Jobi McAnuff (left) hugs Macauley Bonne after his assist (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

Ex-Accrington Stanley winger reveals belief in the O’s squad and how they will never approach games happy to pick up a point

Leyton Orient attacker Rommy Boco hugs Aldershot Town goalkeeper Jake Cole after the full time whist

Leyton Orient attacker Rommy Boco hugs Aldershot Town goalkeeper Jake Cole after the full time whistle (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

Leyton Orient attacker Rommy Boco is relishing the competition in the O’s squad and believes the club need a lot of players if they are challenge for honours in the National League this season.

The 32-year-old came on for the east Londoners away to Aldershot Town last weekend and scored eight minutes from time to secure a point for the visitors.

He has struggled to earn a starting role under Steve Davis since joining on a free transfer in July, but did his chances no harm on Saturday in the 2-2 draw at the Recreation Ground.

Swindon Town loanee James Brophy made his debut in the same match after moving to the O’s on Thursday and he’s another attacking option vying with Boco for a spot in Orient’s first-team.


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“James was lively and it wasn’t an easy game to start with, but he grabbed his chance and did well,” said Boco.

“It is good to see we have a lot of positive people coming into the team because we have too many games, so we need a lot of players.

James Brophy in action for Leyton Orient on his debut at Aldershot Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

James Brophy in action for Leyton Orient on his debut at Aldershot Town (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

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“Lately we have had some bad injuries, so we need to manage that, but to have great players coming into the team is good.”

Boco came on with 18 minutes left at Aldershot and was part of an attacking three just behind Macauley Bonne, but this time he was in the middle and not out wide like in recent weeks.

It is a position the experienced attacker is more accustomed to playing having done so during his successful spells with Accrington Stanley and it worked a trick.

Bonne managed to flick on a long ball from Charlie Grainger and Boco was alert to the knock down and with Shots goalkeeper Jake Cole caught out of position, the O’s attacker controlled and fired into the empty net to level.

Orient, after trailing with 20 minutes played following Cheye Alexander and Matt McClure goals, had forced their way back into the contest and showed a lot of character in the process.

Craig Clay’s header six minutes before the break was crucial, but so was the substitution of Boco and he praised Orient’s head coach after the match.

“The manager told me to stay behind ‘Macca’ and be ready if he flicked the ball on and I did, so it worked,” said O’s number 11.

“Sometimes it doesn’t, but it did and I was pleased. I didn’t come on just to play in midfield and add to the numbers. I came on to get in behind and have fresh legs if he got a flick and it worked out well, so we are happy.”

It was a good result for Orient in the end, although Boco did admit afterwards they are not a team which is happy to only pick up a point.

He added: “At 2-0 down and the way Aldershot were playing, it is a good result for us, but we did want all three at the end.

“I don’t think we are a team that can be happy to sit back and it was an open game on Saturday because we could have lost by pushing on and being naïve, but that is the way it is.

“To win the league or be up there you need three points, so we are not a team that is just happy to get a point away.

“We came to Aldershot to win. Unfortunately we had a bad start, but we managed to come back and we did want to score a third, so we did try.”

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