Leyton Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler thrilled with team display at Morecambe and pleased to see Jordan Bowery score first league goal for O's
PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:33 05 September 2016
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Ex-Gillingham manager full of praise for Jordan Bowery after ex-Aston Villa striker opened his account for east Londoners in League Two on Saturday
Andy Hessenthaler was delighted with Leyton Orient’s display at Morecambe on Saturday and although he didn’t want to pick out individuals, he hailed the improving performances of Jordan Bowery.
The O’s knocked the Shrimps off the top of League Two with a 2-1 victory at Globe Arena, which was far more comfortable than the scorelines suggests.
Liam Kelly put the visitors ahead after 27 minutes, but Kevin Ellison equalised four minutes after half time.
Orient didn’t deserved to be level at this point after dominating much of the proceedings in Lancashire.
And Bowery’s first goal for the club in the 55th minute ensured they got the three points they deserved.
“You can’t pick any individuals out. I thought one to 11 it was an all-round team performance,” said Hessenthaler.
“We said we’ve got to be hard to beat when we come away from home and if you look at us we do have that firepower.
“I feel we’ve definitely got that counter attacking football in us with the pace we have and when you come away from home you have to do that. I think with our units, the pace in wide areas and what Jordan does helps us a lot.
“He stretches teams by running down the sides of people and you’ve got big ‘Macca’ (Paul McCallum) who will do that, but he gets in the right places in the box.
“Paul didn’t score at Morecambe, but he was unlucky so it was the perfect away performance and lots of confidence can come from it.”
Bowery moved to Brisbane Road this summer on a free transfer following his release by Oxford United.
The ex-Aston Villa striker impressed during pre-season and netted in the friendly fixture with Gillingham.
But has found himself in and out of the first-team so far this year – starting four times in all competitions and also coming off the bench three times.
Hessenthaler has included Bowery in the starting XI for the last two matches and it was vindicated as he scored the winner.
The 25-year-old missed a great chance in the 52nd minute when he was played through on goal, but Barry Roche saved.
Bowery made up for it three minutes later when his low effort deflected past the Morecambe goalkeeper.
Hessenthaler said: “Again Jordan has made the run and I said to him, the more you make those runs, the more opportunities you’ll get and the more goals you’ll get.
“You see the other night in the cup game he has made two great runs down the sides and he probably should have scored with his first chance on Saturday.
“It is on his left foot, he’s made the goalkeeper make a save and got us a corner, but I said the more you do that, the more goals you’ll get.
“I know he didn’t run down the sides for his goal, it was a bit of a scramble, but at the end of the day it’s gone in and is his goal.”