Widdowson full of praise for Orient's young back four
PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 August 2018
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The left-back talked up the potential of Myles Judd, Dan Happe and Marvin Ekpiteta after Saturday’s win
Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson talked up the potential of Marvin Ekpiteta, Dan Happe and Myles Judd after Saturday’s home win.
The O’s edged out Boreham Wood in a tight contest in E10 thanks to Macauley Bonne’s 69th-minute penalty.
It was the only goal of the game, so Orient kept their first clean sheet of the season and did it with a young back four after Josh Coulson had gone off with blurred vision.
Widdowson was the most experienced of the lot at the age of 29 and happy to help teenagers Judd and Happe plus 22-year-old Ekpiteta.
He said: “To be honest they are all good players and maybe the only thing I can bring or offer to them is a voice.
“They are a quiet bunch, they are loud outside of football, but once they get on the pitch some of them are a bit quiet.
“For me, it was just about encouraging them and keeping them switched on mentally, but they are all really good footballers.
“Dan, Marvin and ‘Juddy’ are excellent players, so they know what they are doing and it is great they are all doing well and applying pressure to the older guys like me who started the season in the team. I am pleased for them, they did really well.”
Orient’s back four for their opener at Salford City was Sam Ling, Coulson, George Elokobi and Widdowson and only the latter remained in the starting XI come full time on Saturday.
Judd replaced Ling away to Maidstone on August 14 and helped O’s win 2-1, which kept him in the team to face Wood and by this point Elokobi had been ruled out for a couple of months with a hamstring tear.
On Saturday, Coulson had to go off soon after the interval, but it didn’t impact Orient too much as Dean Brill only made one key save throughout.
Widdowson said: “Boreham Wood threatened a little bit and had a big guy up top who was quite game and chasing things and making a lot of runs, but I felt we were pretty much in control.
“We restricted them to not many efforts on goal and I’d say ‘Brillo’ had quite a quiet game in terms of saves, which was good. They are a big side, so they were a threat from set-pieces, but again we competed well.”