Hendon satisfied after scrappy display earns point at Mansfield
PUBLISHED: 17:58 12 December 2015 | UPDATED: 17:58 12 December 2015
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The O’s head coach praises side for playing conditions well and hails the 444 that made the trip from Brisbane Road
Leyton Orient boss Ian Hendon felt his teams performance at Mansfield Town was scrappy, but was pleased with the way they handled the conditions at Field Mill.
It rained throughout the League Two encounter and the wind was strong as well, affecting both sides.
Jay Simpson put the O’s ahead after heading in Jobi McAnuff’s excellent cross with 12 minutes played.
The Stags equalised before the break, however, almost through nothing as Reggie Lambe diverted Craig Westcarr’s cross past Alex Cisak, who appeared to be unsighted.
Chances were few and far between after that, although Mansfield did hit the post through Krystian Pearce.
Hendon said: “It was a difficult game, they are the home team and you expect them to come out and have a go, which they did, but I don’t really think Alex has had too much to do again.
“I am not saying it was a good performance, it was a scrappy display, but the boys dug in during horrible conditions. We come away from home and we didn’t get beat.
“Jay is alright fitness wise, obviously he is because he started the game. We took him off at the end because he has worked hard out there and we wanted to get fresh legs up top and maybe cause them a few more problems.
“Mansfield had a header second half from a corner where somebody has got away in the box and that was really it after the break.
“Alex had one from distance which he handled well, but for me there weren’t any clear cut chances in the game.”
The Orient boss praised the performance of referee Darren England after the match at Field Mill.
It seemed like French defender Jean-Yves M’voto could earn a red card when he brought down Matt Green in stoppage time.
Sean Clohessy was close to the incident, which occurred around 40-yards-out, and Hendon credited the display of the referee.
He added: “I think again it was a good decision by him. I know Sean was covering and it was the right decision.
“I have seen too many referees in the past get carried away and wave red cards for things like that so it was a great decision.
“I thought the referee had a good game to be fair in difficult conditions. Tackles were being made and I thought the referee handled the match very well.”
The O’s had 444 supporters at Field Mill and they did their best to roar the team on when they could.
Hendon said: “The fans were fantastic again today, they have come up in this weather and I am disappointed we couldn’t get the three points for them, but it is another game unbeaten.”