Search

Andy Hessenthaler: English Football League Trophy match has come at right time for Leyton Orient

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 August 2016

Dean Cox celebrates his goal for Leyton Orient against Stevenage on August 16 (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Dean Cox celebrates his goal for Leyton Orient against Stevenage on August 16 (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Simon O'Connor Photography

O's League Two rivals Stevenage make trip to Brisbane Road for second time this month for Southern Group G fixture

Andy Hessenthaler believes Leyton Orient’s English Football League Trophy Southern Group G match tonight has come at just the right time.

The O’s tasted defeat for the third time at Brisbane Road this season on Saturday at home to Mansfield Town.

Liam Kelly’s goal was only a mere consolation in the end as the east Londoners suffered a 2-1 loss in League Two.

Stevenage make the trip to E10 this evening for the opening clash of the newly reformed EFL Trophy.

While the competition has received huge criticism from fans, after Saturday’s loss it has come at a ideal time for Hessenthaler.

He said: “It’s a good game in terms of it is coming quick and hopefully we can put this Mansfield defeat to bed.

“It gives us an opportunity to play a few players that haven’t had many minutes and we’ll certainly do that.”

Orient will be aiming to improve in their penalty area and the opposition’s following a poor display on Saturday.

Routine errors allowed the Stags to take the points and a lack of cutting edge in the final third resulted in just one goal for the hosts.

Hessenthaler added: “To have back-to-back wins and then lose on Saturday is disappointing, it is a game we shouldn’t have lost and we know that.

“It says in the paper we lost 2-1 to Mansfield, it shouldn’t be the case, but it is and the players need to realise we need to do better at both ends. The middle part of our play was quite good, but at both ends we weren’t good enough.”

After showing their spending power during the summer, O’s start to the campaign has been underwhelming.

They’ve won just two times in all competitions, at home to Stevenage and on the road at Grimsby Town, and sit 10th in the table.

But there is a long way to go and Hessenthaler is confident, adding: “I’ve been in the game a long time and I’ve had criticism, I’m just doing it how I see it.

“I have a squad to work with. If you get criticised you get criticised, I understand that because people want to see us win football matches.

“But I’ll carry on working with the players to get them better and hopefully we can get on a decent run.”

A victory this evening would help erase the memories of last weekend’s below par performance and result and lift spirits at Brisbane Road.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

15:00

The latest round-up of action from the Victoria Park Community Cricket League.

The interim head coach praised the attitude of the forward and revealed some details of their 'honest' conversation

Ross Embleton's team made it three wins in a row on Saturday

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Lawrence Okolie's march towards international honours continued at the O2 Arena with a TKO victory over Mariano Angel Gudino.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Vitality Blast South Division: Middlesex (166-3) beat Essex (164-6) by seven wickets

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson pleased with fantastic effort from his side as they lost 1-0 to League Two outfit Leyton Orient in pre-season.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Pre season: Hornchurch 0 Leyton Orient 1

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Craig Clay explains why he believes the squad have got up to speed quicker than usual this summer

PROMOTED CONTENT

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists