Leyton Orient boss Danny Webb happy to see Steven Alzate do both sides of the game at Newport County
PUBLISHED: 14:30 07 March 2017
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Teenager netted on his full debut while Charlie Grainger also impressed during his first competitive Orient appearance in 15 months
Leyton Orient manager Danny Webb was pleased to see Steven Alzate show off his talent during Saturday’s 4-0 win at Newport County.
The 18-year-old, who joined the club at under-13s level from Fulham, made his first appearance for O’s at Stevenage last Tuesday.
Alzate did enough in his 28-minute cameo at Broadway Hall to be handed his full debut against the Exiles.
Orient’s talented midfielder grasped his opportunity and opened the scoring after eight minutes at Rodney Parade.
It was a debut to remember for the teen as O’s earned a comprehensive 4-1 away success in South Wales.
Webb said: “Steven was excellent. I remember my first training session with him when he was 13 and he was just like he is now.
“He was quiet and sulky and I would wonder if he was all right and then he would do something with the ball.
“You have just got to get people like him on the ball and I’ve felt throughout the season we have been bypassing them.
“We have been playing scrappy and trying to get draws, so I’ve just said ‘sod it, let’s go for it now.’
“It doesn’t matter if it is Gavin (Massey), Josh (Koroma) or Alzate, if we get them the ball they will do the business and hopefully people can see the style of play I’m trying to implement.”
Webb made a number of changes at Newport with some enforced and others down to tactical reasons.
Charlie Grainger returned in goal and made his first appearance in all competitions since December 5 2015.
Sam Sargeant dropped down to the bench and Webb reiterated his stance of looking to the future at Orient.
Grainger impressed at Newport and made a couple of decent saves to mean he has kept back-to-back clean sheets.
The 20-year-old managed a shut-out when O’s drew 0-0 with Scunthorpe United in the second round of the FA Cup last season.
“It’s nothing ‘Sarg’ has done wrong, just like it was nothing Alex Cisak has done wrong,” said Webb.
“I keep saying I’m trying to get a structure and plan in my head for this club as if I am managing it long-term.
“Whether that is wishful thinking or not, that is how I am going into it and I’m not saying Alex isn’t part of that.
“I thought ‘we are down the bottom of the league, so let’s give Sargeant a go’ and he’s had some games and done ever so well.
“Now I’ve thought about giving Charlie a go because I do think whatever league we are in next year, them two can go a long way in the game.
“It was nice to see Charlie come in and just look assured. He has played a handful of reserves matches this year and stayed professional.
“He has been a credit to himself, as has ‘Sarg’ and as has Alex, so it is the one area where we have strength in depth and at the minute they are all doing well.”
Webb also reflected on seeing his youngster do the ugly side of the game, adding: “I watched Steven win headers against a 6ft 4 giant and it’s fantastic.
“The fans aren’t silly. They see that. They don’t just see the step-overs, they see the dirty stuff and that’s what they want to see, but the whole performance was pleasing.”