Leyton Orient club captain Nicky Hunt lauds impact of current interim manager Andy Edwards
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 September 2016
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Former Mansfield Town skipper proud of team-mates despite 2-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle at Brisbane Road
Nicky Hunt has given Leyton Orient interim manager Andy Edwards a ringing endorsement after taking charge of the team for the first time.
The experienced right-back was full of praise for the 45-year-old after Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle.
Robbie Weir and Jens Janse were both given straight red cards inside quarter of an hour and Jimmy Spencer had already put the visitors ahead by this point.
It wasn’t until the 86th minute that Argyle doubled their advantage, though, through Ryan Donaldson and O’s has shown an enormous amount of character prior to the second goal.
Edwards alongside Danny Webb had urged the players on from the first whistle all the way through until the last and made a big impression.
“Andy’s a tactician and gets everything down to the finest detail and we got a bit of information from him about Plymouth on Monday,” said Hunt.
“He tried patterns of play and we would have tried to do that with 11 men, but it is never easy with nine.
“I still think we did try and play football and didn’t just hoof it long - we couldn’t do because there was nobody up there.
“We tried to get it down and get at their back four and we knew their back four wasn’t the best. We had a couple of chances but it wasn’t our day.”
Orient’s club captain admitted the results this season have not been good enough, especially at Brisbane Road.
But Hunt was pleased with the reaction of the players after going down to nine men so early on against Plymouth.
And while he was disappointed to be on the wrong end of another result, the ex-Bolton Wanderers right-back feels the O’s squad have to take plenty of positives from the performance.
“We weren’t buzzing after the game but we feel proud of ourselves and as a group of people, and the fans have seen what we can do,” said Hunt.
“Obviously we’re under no illusions we haven’t been good enough at home. Away we’ve been fantastic apart from the Notts County game.
“The fans pay good money to come and watch us and we’ve got to deliver it is as simple as that. It’s a results-based business and we are big enough to take it on our shoulders and come to Brisbane Road and start getting results. That is ultimately what we need to start doing.”
Edwards was forced to make O’s play a number of different formations against Plymouth after the two red cards.
They initially lined up in a 3-4-1 following Weir and Janse’s dismissal before switching to five in midfield in the second half.
Hunt added: “We just had to focus and swap and change positions and adjust to the situation.
“In any job or line of work you are going to be dealt situations that you have to rectify and sort out with your work colleagues.
“That’s what we did against Plymouth and I’m as proud as punch of the bunch of lads that was out there.”