Danny Webb delighted with Leyton Orient’s togetherness at Plymouth Argyle

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 15 February 2017

Leyton Orient manager Danny Webb urges his team on from the touchline (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient manager Danny Webb urges his team on from the touchline (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

33-year-old praises O’s squad, away supporters at Home Park and discusses Sam Sargeant’s potential

Danny Webb hailed the togetherness of his Leyton Orient squad after their dramatic late victory at League Two promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argyle last night.

The hosts were on their way to a 2-1 success after Antoni Sarcevic and Matt Kennedy found the net at the start of the first and second half.

Gavin Massey equalised for O’s in the 88th minute – his second of the game – before Sandro Semedo struck home the winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

“In the 18-man squad there were 10 academy products which is outstanding, but don’t forget about the other eight,” said Webb.

“People like Gavin, Nicky Hunt, Liam Kelly, Tom Parkes, Callum Kennedy and Michael Collins bring so much to the table.

“And on the bench you have players that have stayed professional. You saw after we scored the winner they were all on the pitch.

“Those lads didn’t think ‘we are not going on tonight, so we are going to sulk’ because we are all in this together.”

Webb has certainly created a unity and spirit among the O’s squad and has them performing consistently now.

Even though he lost his first two games in charge, the displays against Carlisle United and Morecambe showed there was reason for optimism.

And the contribution of Massey, and the rest of his team-mates, have enabled Orient to claim four points from trips to Yeovil Town and Plymouth.

Orient took an impressive 156 supporters to Home Park last night and 151 made the journey last weekend to Somerset.

Webb added: “I gave the fans a clap again, but I would have done regardless of the results because just like Yeovil, if you drive all this way you deserve a little bit of appreciation and they were great.

“I said to the players on day one, all the fans want to see first and foremost is effort, now the players have never not given effort, but at the moment they are giving a bit more.

“They are showing their quality too because if fans see people running around a bit more, but with no quality they would get the hump and rightly so.

“But if they see the effort and the quality then they’ll be with us and they were absolutely fantastic at Plymouth.”

The celebrations from the O’s players on the pitch and on the bench showed just what Semedo’s late winner meant to everybody associated with the club.

But while Massey and Semedo took the plaudits, Sam Sargeant again proved his worth with an important save before Orient found an equaliser.

Nauris Bulvitis nearly scored in the 86th minute from a corner before O’s 19-year-old custodian managed to keep the follow up effort out.

It was a crucial moment and although Webb has been criticised for leaving out Alex Cisak recently, Sargeant hasn’t let him down.

The talented teenager has always been earmarked for a bright future and is showing exactly why right now.

Webb added: “Sam is excellent and that’s why I’m playing him. I’ve read certain things where people are questioning the decisions and asking who is making them.

“But with my upbringing and my family, there’s only one way I’m going to do this and I’ve got principles about how I do things. Every team sheet you see is one I’ve decided.

“People can believe that or they don’t have to. It doesn’t really matter because ‘Sarg’ will be an excellent goalkeeper just like Alex is and just like Charlie Grainger will be.

“Now I’m not going to say ‘Sarg’ has saved the day for us because if the other two were playing I’m sure they’d also make very good saves.

“But I do think ‘Sarg’ brings something different to the other two, like they bring something different to him. He starts off our attacks quickly and hopefully he keeps getting better and better.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 21:12

Sam Cook returned figures of five for 76 as Somerset were bowled out for 301 before bad light prevented Essex from facing remaining three overs in the days allocation.

Yesterday, 13:51

Sam Cook collected the only wicket to fall in the morning session as Somerset scored 104 runs to reach lunch on 233 for 5 against Essex in their Bob Willis Trophy clash at Lord’s.

Yesterday, 13:00

West Ham United fan and budding journalist Kwame Boakye gives his views on the club’s 2-1 defeat to London rivals Arsenal.

Yesterday, 08:42

Sam Cook returned figures of 2 for 38 whilst there was a wicket apiece for Jamie Porter and Aaron Beard on a rain-affected day when the four stoppages to the inclement weather claimed 46 overs, as Somerset reached the close on 119 for 4 in the Bob Willis Trophy Final at Lord’s.

Wed, 16:15

Jamie Porter claimed his first wicket of the match in a truncated session of play that allowed just 10.5 overs of play in the afternoon session shoehorned in between rain.

Wed, 13:13

Sam Cook collected two wickets for Essex in their Bob Willis Trophy shoot-out with Somerset before the West Country outfit responded to reach the lunch interval on 90 for 3.

Wed, 10:21

London Lions suffered FIBA Basketball Champions League heartbreak as they missed out on the next stage with a narrow 77-73 defeat to Lithuanian side Neptunas Klaipeda in the first qualifying round.

Wed, 10:00

Essex captain Tom Westley believes staging the Bob Willis Trophy final against Somerset on neutral ground, negating the home benefits of Chelmsford and Taunton to the protagonists, will provide the perfect setting to decide the red-ball champions of a truncated season.


For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

School’s in for summer – and beyond – with health experts agreeing that pupils safely returning to their studies is “positively” the right thing to do. It’s vital for all children’s welfare, not just in terms of students’ future education but also mental and physical well-being, as well as social interaction of classmates.

The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Latest from the East London Advertiser