Hendon credits backroom staff ahead of Newport trip
PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 August 2015
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Brisbane Road manager talks about work that goes on behind the scenes and discusses the pressure on his side
Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon believes the success the club are currently getting on the pitch is down to a lot of people, not just those involved as players and coaches.
The 43-year-old praised the work that chief scout Ged Searson has been doing so far this season ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Newport County.
Even though the Exiles are without a victory this season, the O’s boss expects a tough game against Terry Butcher’s side.
Hendon said: “We had Newport watched on Tuesday as well, Ged the scout has gone up to Hartlepool and there is a lot of hard work that goes on.
“It is not just what you see out on the pitch sometimes, we have a full time chief scout who works very hard and his reports are fantastic. He is out working all the time and he has reported back to us on what he has seen.
“We know Newport are a young side, but they got a good result at home to Stevenage last weekend and made it difficult for them, nearly winning the game.
“From what I believe they have only been beaten 1-0 at Hartlepool United on Tuesday night so again it will be a tough game.”
The O’s were involved in an difficult encounter against Stevenage themselves on Tuesday night, but managed to win 3-0 and go top of the table.
Hendon is now preparing his team to handle the pressure, but was warning them about the challenges that are coming before the midweek fixture at Brisbane Road.
He is keeping the feet of the players firmly on the ground, despite going top, and is interested to see how they cope with being league leaders this weekend.
“I actually said to them before they went out against Stevenage that they have had two games where we have scored first, what happens if the opposition get a goal? It is tough for you then,” added Hendon.
“It was just to make them aware that it is not always going to be plain sailing and it wasn’t against Stevenage. Credit to Teddy Sheringham’s side, they come to Brisbane Road and made it very difficult for us.
“Afterwards I said to the lads every game is going to get more difficult, we have gone top of the table and teams that come here or wherever we have to go now – sides are going to want to beat Orient. The pressure is going to mount on the players and it is how they handle it.
“We’ve got a long, long way to go yet. We’re three games into a 46 game season so our feet are firmly on the ground and we’re already looking forward to playing Newport on Saturday.”
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