Search

Hendon happy with the progress O’s are making

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 July 2015

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

28/07/2015 Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR, contact@tgsphoto.co.uk

Brisbane Road boss delighted with squad and how they are starting to look like a team

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon is enjoying the football his side are producing after more encouraging pre-season wins this week.

The O’s defeated League One side Colchester United 3-0 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday and followed that with a 4-0 victory against National League Woking at Kingfield Stadium on Tuesday.

Optimism is building ahead of the League Two opener against Barnet on August 8 and the four signings made by the Brisbane Road club on Monday have contributed towards that.

Goalkeeper Alex Cisak has returned on a permanent basis and defenders Alan Dunne, Connor Essam and Frazer Shaw have all signed deals with the O’s for the year ahead.

The mood in the Orient camp is positive – a complete contrast to last season – and Hendon has done a fine job so far this summer in shaping a squad that looks capable of mounting a promotion challenge.

But he isn’t going to let himself get carried away yet.

“I hope the boys are enjoying themselves because if they are not enjoying playing football then they shouldn’t be playing, simple as that,” said Hendon.

“They have to take on board what we are telling them and as I said before, we worked hard when we were in Spain.

“We have come back and continued that work, and I think it is starting to show in the way we are playing. We are not getting carried away.

“We have had two good results against Colchester and Woking, but we are not getting carried away. I am enjoying watching the players, watching them work, which is the main thing. They are working so hard at the moment and getting their rewards for it.”

After bringing Cisak, Dunne, Essam and Shaw into the club on permanent deals on Monday, the Orient squad looks close to being complete.

Hendon admitted he is now satisfied with the amount of players he has and is confident of taking that team into the new League Two campaign.

The O’s have been linked with Peterborough midfielder Jack Payne for a large part of the summer, but that deal doesn’t seem likely now.

Orient probably need another central midfielder and a left-back if Shane Lowry leaves as expected, but Hendon is pleased with what he has got.

He added: “I am quite happy with the numbers we have. I am not saying we are going to sign any players and I am not saying we are not going to.

“If something comes along which we think will make us stronger then we might do something, but I am happy with the squad I’ve got here.

“It might not be the biggest, but the more players you have got the more people you need to keep happy. I’m quite satisfied to go along with what we’ve got.

“If we need to do anything later on because of injuries or suspensions then there are plenty of places where we can go to pick players up.”


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

12:00

Leyton Orient defender Dan Happe insists it’s a rare occasion for him to find the back of the net but was more focused on the clean sheet and picking up the win.

09:30

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton heaps praise on young defender Dan Happe as he netted the winner in their 1-0 victory over Bradford City.

Yesterday, 12:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton is hoping to be able to stick with a similar line-up for the Bradford City clash on the back of a 3-0 win over Harrogate Town.

Yesterday, 10:00

West Ham United fan and budding journalist Kwame Boakye is now starting to believe that the Hammers can enjoy a successful season in the Premier League.

Mon, 16:31

Spectators are set to return to sports venues next month as coronavirus restrictions are eased in areas with lower infection rates.

Mon, 12:00

London Lions became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the BBL Cup beating the Leicester Riders in fine fashion, 98-89 at the Copper Box.

Mon, 08:26

London Lions avenged a close overtime defeat in London a few weeks ago with a crushing defeat of the Newcastle Eagles 79-99.

PROMOTED CONTENT

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.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.

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

Latest from the East London Advertiser