Leyton Orient will keep working hard to improve insists manager Andy Edwards
PUBLISHED: 10:30 19 December 2016
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45-year-old reflects on 1-0 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers and the performance of Myles Judd and Sam Dalby
Leyton Orient manager Andy Edwards insists they’ll keep working hard to improve as an attacking unit after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in League Two.
The O’s went down to a 50th minute strike from former player Scott Kashket and struggled to create chances throughout at Adams Park.
Jay Simpson had a couple of opportunities and Paul McCallum saw an effort ruled out for offside, but the Chairboys defended strongly.
“Everyone is disappointed. We are in a situation where we have got to be organised, resilient and hard to play against,” said Edwards.
“I felt we were for much of the match and the one mistake we made, we got punished for, but of course we want to create more chances.
“We have some good attacking players in the side and we have to keep working on that. At the moment we have got to find a way of digging out results.”
The Orient boss felt Wycombe deserved credit for limiting the east Londoners to very few chances at Adams Park.
Gareth Ainsworth’s team had won seven games in a row prior to the match and conceded just twice during that period.
Edwards added: “What we did first half after 15 minutes is quieten the home fans, slow the contest down and it was a very even match.
“Second period we conceded the goal and we were under pressure for about 20 minutes if not longer. We found it difficult to create chances and credit to Wycombe because they defended well.
“Every team they have come up against in the last seven games has found it similar because they’ve got momentum, belief and camaraderie.
“This team has been built over four years and the manager has been here for four years so it was a difficult game. On the balance of things they deserved the victory.”
Orient produced a solid display at the back, however, with Wycombe restricted to mainly half chances except for Kashket’s winner.
Myles Judd looked assured at right-back before switching to the left and Sam Dalby, also 17, made his league debut off the bench.
It capped a good day for the O’s academy with the under-18s sealing the Youth Alliance South East Division title with a 2-1 win at Northampton Town.
“Sam is a good player and can affect the game. There are no sentiments when we are playing these youngsters,” insisted Edwards.
“We’ve got Myles, only 17, in the team on merit and Sam was introduced off the bench on merit. They’ve got a big part to play like the experienced players and everyone in the squad. It’s important we pick ourselves up, regroup and go again next week.”