Hessenthaler: We have to be professional
PUBLISHED: 18:17 16 April 2016 | UPDATED: 18:17 16 April 2016
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O’s caretaker calls on everyone to be focused, but admits president Francesco Becchetti helped pick today’s starting team
Leyton Orient caretaker Andy Hessenthaler stressed the need for everyone at the club to remain professional following today’s 3-2 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.
Jay Simpson ended a run of seven games without a goal in League Two by hitting a first half brace to take his tally for the season to 25.
The visitors responded, however, with two goals in the space of a minute through Jamie Cureton and Clevid Dikamona to make Brisbane Road nervy.
But Armand Gnanduillet, who had been poor for most of the afternoon, put O’s 3-2 up in the 65th minute and that was how it remained.
It ensured a week where Kevin Nolan had his managerial duties taken away from him and Lee Harrison left finished with three points.
Hessenthaler said: “We had a conversation before the game and I said from my point of view, personally, you have to be professional.
“If I wasn’t going to be professional today I wouldn’t be true to myself and I said that to them, and that’s what they did.
“We got the result, it wasn’t for a lack of effort, but the goals we gave away were poor. You’ve got to be true to yourself and look in the mirror plus we owe it for the fans.
“There is nobody bigger than them, they are the biggest part of this football club and they’ve had some tough times over the last few years and I’m pleased we got the result for the fans.”
Hessenthaler confirmed the team picked for the clash with Daggers was decided by a group of staff members at the club during the week.
The 50-year-old sat down along with president Francesco Beccheti, Andy Edwards, Academy manager Richard Thomas and Development Phase Lead Coach Danny Webb to pick the side.
“It was the staff. We got together, Andy, Webby, Richard Thomas along with the owner and sat round the table. That was the team we come up with,” said Hessenthaler, when asked who selected the starting team.
“I don’t know how Kevin Nolan would feel right now, but I feel for him. Obviously he has come in and kept me with him and he’s a good friend of mine like Ian Hendon is so for me to lose two managers this season has been very tough.”
Hessenthaler went on admit he was surprised to see former West Ham United captain Nolan lose his managerial duties on Tuesday.
But he again reiterated that everyone at the club must get on with things, adding: “I’ve found it very hard this week, but like I said we have got to be professional.
“We are here to do a job and if I wasn’t professional I wouldn’t be true to myself. I was today and prepared the team with Andy and we got the result.
“It is the strange world of football, unfortunately that is the way it is. It happens at other football club, not just here. It is strange, but the owner decided to make that change and all we can do is get on with the jobs he’s asked us to do.
“Yes it did come as a big surprise, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that. Again it is the owner who wanted to make that decision and we have to get on with that.”