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Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh pleased with point at Eastleigh and Jobi McAnuff’s return

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 March 2018

Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff collides with an AFC Fylde rival (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff collides with an AFC Fylde rival (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The O’s experienced winger came closest to opening the scoring on Saturday, but his free kick hit the crossbar

Justin Edinburgh declared himself content with a point away from home after Leyton Orient played out a goalless draw at Eastleigh.

The two clubs failed to produce many clear-cut chances, but O’s went closest through the returning Jobi McAnuff.

Orient’s stand-in captain saw a first-half free kick hit the crossbar from 20-yards and although the Spitfires had some opportunities of their own, mostly through Mark Yeates, it finished all square in Hampshire.

“Any point away from home is a good one. The response from Tuesday (1-0 loss to Torquay United) was positive and certainly in the second half, I thought we were the only team who looked like winning,” Edinburgh told the official club website.

“If we had been a little bit more clinical in the opposition’s area and in other areas then I think we would have got the three points which the performance deserved.”

A big boost for O’s was McAnuff making his first appearance in six weeks after he had suffered with a nerve problem since the 4-3 win at Dover Athletic in the FA Trophy on February 3.

Initially the injury was understood to be nothing too serious, but the former Jamaica international had to take medication and then have an injection to ease the discomfort.

Now he is back, Edinburgh felt he made an immediate impact and conceded Orient could have done with his presence over the last month-and-a-half.

He added: “It was vitally important to have Jobi back. We’ve missed him over the last few weeks.

“Before the weekend he hadn’t done much training so we knew we would probably only get an hour out of him and we did, but it is a big boost for us. Not just because of his leadership, but because of his quality on the pitch.”

McAnuff could only manage 53 minutes on his return, but if he can stay fit between now and the end of the season, O’s will almost certainly finish mid-table.

As things stand, they sit 17th in the table on 44 points and with work still to do with only eight league fixtures remaining.

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