Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler happy with ‘bright’ Sandro Semedo after Dover Athletic loss

PUBLISHED: 09:30 18 July 2016

Sandro Semedo in action for Leyton Orient during the 2015/16 campaign (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Sandro Semedo in action for Leyton Orient during the 2015/16 campaign (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Experienced boss reflects on performance of youngsters and discusses ex-Manchester United defender Reece Brown

Leyton Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler was pleased with the performance of Sandro Semedo during Saturday’s pre-season defeat to Dover Athletic.

The O’s suffered a 2-0 loss at the Crabble Athletic Ground after Ricky Miller and Tyrone Marsh found the net.

Orient’s first half display wasn’t the greatest, but they improved after the break with Semedo and Armand Gnanduillet impressing.

Hessenthaler also brought on Josh Koroma and Myles Judd – both 17 – against the National League outfit and they made an impact too.

He said: “Sandro was unlucky not to score. It was a good ball in from Gnanduillet and I thought he did well to be fair.

“Sandro has hit the target. He has got a hell of a strike on him and the only thing was that if it was lower, he scores.

“It was a good height for the goalkeeper, straight at him, but he’s been bright and worked hard off the ball.

“That is what we keep on to him about – he needs to work harder off the ball, but I thought young Koroma come on and did great.

“Myles as well, the young right-back. He has been out for a long time and he was terrific when he come on to replace Sean Clohessy.

“They were positives, but we have got a lot of thinking time now and we know what we need to do. There is a good group in there and hopefully we will get that right and be ready to go.”

Reece Brown featured for Orient in the second half as he looks to impress the League Two club.

He was at Bury last year and played 35 times in all competitions for the Shakers, but was released and is yet to find a settled home since leaving Manchester United in 2013.

Brown, the younger brother of ex-Red Devils defender Wes, is expected to play for the O’s on Tuesday at either Woking or Canvey Island.

“Reece doesn’t look fit and couldn’t do the bit at the end, but again he is a bit behind us in terms of where he should be with his fitness levels,” said Hessenthaler.

“He was at Bury and has come down. We thought it would give us an opportunity to look at him in a couple of games and see where we go with that.

“As I said before, we are looking for another centre back and we probably need an experienced one in there to organise people because Tom ‘Parkesy’ is still relatively young.

“We need a leader at the back to organise the back four and talk as well as organise the midfield players in front of him so that’s what we’re looking for.”

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