Search

McAnuff and Orient ready for key games

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 December 2015

Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff looks to attack the Scunthorpe United defence (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff looks to attack the Scunthorpe United defence (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

Former Reading midfielder discusses his fitness and full of praise for full back Frazer Shaw

Leyton Orient defender Frazer Shaw does his best to stop the ball going out of play against Scunthorpe United (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient defender Frazer Shaw does his best to stop the ball going out of play against Scunthorpe United (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Jobi McAnuff is looking forward to getting his match sharpness back over the coming weeks with Leyton Orient suddenly preparing for several important games.

The O’s 1-1 draw in the FA Cup with Scunthorpe United on Saturday means they will have to do it all over again at Glanford Park on Tuesday.

And Ian Hendon’s men will have three very important games to play in the space of seven days now after their stalemate in the cup last weekend.

The first is at Mansfield Town in League Two on Saturday and when you consider the position of both teams in the table, it becomes a pivotal clash.

Orient are one spot and one point below the Stags, who sit seventh in the standings, meaning a positive result this weekend for Hendon’s side is crucial.

Following that they head back up north to take on Scunthorpe in their FA Cup second round replay that suddenly becomes even more important than before.

Why? Because the winner will have a trip to Stamford Bridge to prepare for on the weekend of January 8-11 to take on Premier League champions Chelsea.

McAnuff seems set to play a big part in the next two games coming up as well, as the league clash with Yeovil Town on December 19.

A few weeks ago that would have been unthinkable, but the Jamaican is involved again and relishing the opportunity.

Despite only playing his first 90 minutes of the season for Orient on Saturday, the former Reading captain feels in good shape.

McAnuff said: “I don’t feel too bad fitness-wise. It was probably the first 20 or 30 minutes where I got my first real blow in and I needed to get my second wind.

“But considering it has been a long time since I played over here, where it is a lot faster and a higher tempo, I’m delighted to get through 90 minutes.

“Obviously I’ll get fitter, stronger and a bit sharper. You can keep up a good general level of fitness, but it’s match sharpness. I felt my touch and stuff wasn’t 100 per cent on Saturday.

“It’s my first game back, so I’m just glad to get it out of the way and hopefully I can crack on now.”

McAnuff has had to wait a long time to return to the Orient side, but still faced questions about his future after the Scunthorpe game.

He was keen to express how content he is at Brisbane Road and how a move away from the club in January is not on his mind.

“I’m happy here and I’ve always said to people at the club I am happy here,” added McAnuff.

That should please supporters and may be music to the ears of left-back Frazer Shaw.

He has been excellent since returning to the first-team fold at the start of November.

Shaw spent just over a month off the pitch and was consigned to the substitutes’ bench after the 2-1 loss Orient suffered at home to Carlisle United on September 29.

But after coming back into the starting line-up, he has been so composed and linked up with McAnuff on several occasions against Scunthorpe.

“I have actually played a couple of games with Frazer early on when I first came back and then a few behind-closed-door matches too,” revealed McAnuff.

“He is somebody I enjoy playing with. For me he gets forward well and obviously supports me in that way and I can help him out the other way sometimes, so I enjoy playing with him.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 13:00

Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff has backed English Football League chairman Rick Parry’s combative letter to the Government and revealed the toll on players caused by the continued absence of fans from matches.

Wed, 16:00

London Lions have added Great Britain centre Fahro Alihodzic to their roster as they approach the start of the domestic season and look to January’s FIBA Eurocup campaign.

Wed, 15:00

A programme to get more youngsters involved in outdoor sport is being started at Mile End stadium in the search for “the hockey stars of tomorrow”.

Wed, 13:00

West Ham United fan and budding journalist Kwame Boakye is feeling optimistic under manager David Moyes.

Wed, 10:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton was ‘disappointed’ that his side failed to push on after early lead as they drew 1-1 with Exeter City.

Tue, 20:55

League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Exeter City 1

Tue, 14:00

Lukasz Fabianski 7: Huge save to deny Raheem Sterling late on. Went right way and almost stopped Phil Foden’s goal.

Mon, 13:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton knows they’re not the finished article yet but is way more pleased with progress after their 2-0 victory over Stevenage.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Did you know? UCAS gets almost 3 million university applications from around 700,000 people each year. That’s a lot of competition. So how can your son or daughter stand out? 

With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Latest from the East London Advertiser