Hendon happy with Spain trip

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 July 2015

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: Simon O'Connor).

07958 573219

Head coach believes friendly games were ideal preparation for Capital One Cup match with MK Dons

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon believes the recent friendly matches against Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough could be key preparation for when they face MK Dons in the first week of the new season.

The O’s will travel to stadiummk on August 11 for a clash against Karl Robinson’s recently promoted side in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Hendon’s team flew back from Spain last night following a training camp in Malaga where they pitted their wits against two Championship sides.

Although Orient lost by two-goals against Boro (3-1) and the Terriers (2-0), the Brisbane Road head coach believes it was a good exercise for his players.

“We are coming up against MK Dons in the first week of the season so it is good for us to prepare to face teams at that type of level,” said Hendon.

“The games against Middlesbrough and Huddersfield have been good because the lads have had to work hard and chase the ball.

“If you play against weak opposition in pre-season sometimes you don’t need to do that so it has been good to play against the two Championship teams.”

Hendon was happy with the performances Orient put in during the games against Huddersfield and Middlesbrough.

O’s head coach believe the trip to Spain has had a positive impact on the squad, which features plenty of new faces compared to last season.

“3-1 against Middlesbrough sounds like a drubbing, but if you were here you would see we did well and I definitely wasn’t disappointed with the performance in either matches,” added Hendon.

“It has been 90 Fahrenheit here and it has been tough for the boys, it has been sticky and they have all had to adapt to the conditions.

“It has been physically demanding. We have been in the gym, we have had a lot of sessions in the pool and done bike work so it has been good and only positives have come from the trip.”

Hendon will now look to make a decision on the number of trialists who joined the O’s out in Spain.

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, 20:30

West Ham midfield duo Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice were the stand-outs with energetic performances in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Premier League: West Ham United 1 Manchester United 3

Yesterday, 16:38

League Two: Scunthorpe United 2 Leyton Orient 0

Fri, 15:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton knows they have to wary of Scunthorpe United and their recent form despite a slow start to the season.

Fri, 13:15

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton has been delighted with the goal and assist contributions throughout the team of course with Danny Johnson and Conor Wilkinson leading the way.

Thu, 12:49

The Premier League and the EFL have agreed a rescue package to protect lower-league clubs from going under amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thu, 12:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton says he is now focused on building on recent fortunes after his side climbed into the League Two play-off places ahead of their Scunthorpe United clash.

Tue, 17:01

The RFU has welcomed the news that government has given the green light for 15-a-side contact rugby union to return at grassroots level, subject to adaptations.


Hopes for a return to more normal lives for all have soared with news of the vaccine roll-out. Here, medical experts unite in their reassurance to the public that vaccines meet strict standards of safety and effectiveness.

From January 1, 2021 the way the UK trades with the EU will change. Businesses need to act now! This is true for retail, those trading in consumer goods, services and investment, construction and housing as well as vehicle and haulier firms.

Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

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