Search

Jobi McAnuff insists the time for excuses is over and Leyton Orient’s mentality in the National League next season is key

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 May 2018

The Leyton Orient players and staff applaud the 424 O's supporters at Gateshead on the final day (pic: Simon O'Connor).

The Leyton Orient players and staff applaud the 424 O's supporters at Gateshead on the final day (pic: Simon O'Connor).

07958 573219 simon.oconnor@virgin.net

The 36-year-old explains one of the things O’s must change and improve on in order to have success in the 2018/19 campaign

Leyton Orient winger Jobi McAnuff dribbles past Boreham Wood opponent Kane Smith (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient winger Jobi McAnuff dribbles past Boreham Wood opponent Kane Smith (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Jobi McAnuff is confident Leyton Orient’s mentality will be better next season after ending the 2017/18 campaign in 13th place.

The O’s 3-1 win at Gateshead on Saturday ensured they ended up as the ‘best’ side in the bottom half of the National League table.

It is nothing to celebrate, but Orient do now have a foundation to work with heading into the next campaign and McAnuff is certain they’ll improve.

The experienced winger has been one of O’s best performers since rejoining last summer and has already told his team-mates what is expected of them going forward at Brisbane Road.

“For me excuse time is over now and that is whether you are a young lad or a senior player,” said McAnuff, who wore the captain’s armband for most of the season.

“We have all had a look at it and being Orient in this league means we are a scalp for everyone. It showed against Maidenhead United (1-0 loss) in our last game at Brisbane Road this season.

“Maidenhead did well and massive credit to them for how well they have done since coming up. They could have come to us and thought their job was over, but they were at it and it meant something to them.

“We have to have that mentality next year whether we are going away to Barrow, Solihull Moors, Maidenhead or wherever because we are in this league just like everyone else.

“If we can have that mentality, I feel we have shown over the last 10 games we have the quality and enough about us to win games regularly and it is just all about the mentality and making sure we don’t lose games like Maidenhead and give cheap points away.”

Given Orient went 15 games in the division without winning, the fact they finished 12 points clear of the bottom four and on 60 points shows the impact Justin Edinburgh has had in E10.

But as McAnuff alluded to, O’s have no divine right to win games in the National League, which has been demonstrated throughout this campaign, and the current head coach has recognised this.

There has been the odd below-par result under Edinburgh, the 1-0 defeats at home to Torquay United and Maidenhead spring to mind, but generally he has done a very good job.

He has been able to put building blocks in place for next season and now it is important Orient take advantage of this and as McAnuff said – mentality is key.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

17:00

There are now more ways than ever to listen to the East London Football Podcast

15:00

Wapping’s women ran out 4-2 winners over Canterbury seconds in their latest East League Premier outing.

The former Dagenham & Redbridge manager was delighted with Ebbsfleet’s number one

Leyton Orient have put the 32-year-old up for sale after failing to ‘meet club standards’ at Ebbsfleet United

Yesterday, 13:00

The former Gillingham manager was frustrated with Leyton Orient’s start away to Ebbsfleet United

Yesterday, 08:22

Sporting Bengal United fell to a 2-0 loss against Hoddesdon Town to leave them winless in three Essex Senior League matches.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Essex bowler Jamie Porter took five wickets in England Lions’ second one-day warm-up match against the Board President XI in Trivandrum.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

London Lions consolidated pole position in the BBL Championship after the leaders strolled to victory at the struggling Wolves.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

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

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists