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Leyton Orient manager Alberto Cavasin not impressed by display in League Two defeat to Crewe Alexandra

PUBLISHED: 10:30 31 October 2016

Nigel Atangana shakes the hand of Leyton Orient boss Alberto Cavasin after being surprisingly substituted against Crewe Alexandra (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Nigel Atangana shakes the hand of Leyton Orient boss Alberto Cavasin after being surprisingly substituted against Crewe Alexandra (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Italian tries to explain why he waited so long to bring on Jay Simpson despite O’s trailing by two goals for whole of second half

Leyton Orient boss Alberto Cavasin was unhappy with the way his team played in the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Crewe Alexandra in League Two.

Goals from George Cooper and Harry Davis gave the Railwaymen a deserved victory at Brisbane Road.

Cavasin received criticism in the 73rd minute when he decided to bring off Nigel Atangana – one of O’s few impressive performers.

Jay Simpson was introduced in place of the French midfielder and when asked why he waited so long to bring on Orient’s top goalscorer from last season, Cavasin, via a translator, said: “I’ve seen in the second half that the opponent team took control of the game and were superior to us.

“We just started to play with long balls and this made the football a lot easier for them. I wanted my side to play more on the ground because from my point of view I thought the match had to be controlled and played the way Crewe played.

“That means playing all together and moving forward with all the team compact and that’s why I decided to create a situation that allowed me to create this type of manoeuvres.

“For 15 or 20 minutes we had control and we had two or three corners with no big or obvious chance.

“The final substitutions we did were because I wanted the team to go up and be moving all together with fresh energy.”

Not for the first time in one of Cavasin’s post match interviews, the Italian failed to address the original question.

The 60-year-old’s bizarre decision to bring off Atangana shocked everybody inside Brisbane Road.

When asked why he decided to substitute the ex-Portsmouth midfielder, he added: “I thought they were all playing more or less the same so I could have taken off Robbie Weir or Atangana, but in the end I chose to take out Atangana this time.”

It is another worrying statement by the former Sampdoria boss because O’s captain was not playing at the same level as Atangana.

Cavasin did initially say he could have taken off Michael Collins, brought on at half time, in the 73rd minute, but this later comment was withdrawn and put down to being lost in translation.

After a concerning performance on the pitch, the experienced Italian needed to at least impress post match. He didn’t and the signs are worrying for Orient.

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