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Hendon won’t underestimate Teddy’s Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 December 2015

Orient head coach Ian Hendon looks on (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Orient head coach Ian Hendon looks on (pic: Simon O'Connor)

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Orient boss discusses job the former Premier League star is doing at Broadhall Way

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon is well aware that Stevenage are capable of beating his team and won’t be underestimating them this weekend.

The O’s make the trip to Broadhall Way for the first match of 2016 after finishing the year with a loss at Bristol Rovers.

It was the east Londoners first defeat in League Two since a 3-1 reverse at Hartlepool United back on November 15.

Although Boro were beaten by the same scoreline against Dagenham & Redbridge last time out, Hendon knows they are capable of getting good results.

Stevenage won at AFC Wimbledon earlier this month and during November went on a terrific run where they knocked out Gillingham in the FA Cup and also beat Morecambe and Bristol Rovers.

It demonstrates that Teddy Sheringham’s team could inflict more pain on Orient this Saturday, but Hendon will be hoping that isn’t the case.

He said: “It is Teddy’s first job and it was going to be difficult. He had a year at West Ham and it is tough. When you go into something new you want to put your stamp on it, but you need time.

“Stevenage had a good few results before Christmas and now they have had a couple of not such good ones at the moment. But potentially they have a side there that can go and win games - as they have shown.

“We have not really spoke since the start of the season. We are more of acquaintances rather than friends, but I have a lot of time for Teddy. He has a tough job there and it will be tough this weekend.”

Prior to losing at Bristol Rovers on Bank Holiday Monday, Orient had drawn five of their last seven matches in all competitions.

On the road this season they have picked up three wins, been held five times and lost on four occasions in League Two.

Although the O’s want to get more victories on their travels, they would have certainly taken a draw at Bristol Rovers – who are in the play-off positions.

Hendon added: “We keep saying it, but we have had too many draws and that is what it has been.

“But, having said that, I would have taken a draw at the end, but the second goal didn’t come against Bristol Rovers.

“We huffed and puffed, but the deliveries from wide at times just weren’t good enough. We put too much on the goalkeeper.

“The balls in weren’t what we wanted and we had good possession, but it is not alright having possession if you don’t create chances.”

Orient will want to change that this weekend and get 2016 underway with an away victory at Stevenage.

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