McAnuff insists O’s have plenty of work still to do

PUBLISHED: 13:30 14 March 2016

Leyton Orient midfielder Jobi McAnuff fires in the winning goal at Oxford United (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient midfielder Jobi McAnuff fires in the winning goal at Oxford United (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Jamaican international helped east Londoners beat Oxford United at weekend and discusses their excellent away form

Jobi McAnuff admits Leyton Orient have a lot more hard work to do despite winning 1-0 at Oxford United on Saturday.

The 34-year-old scored the only goal of the game at the Kassam Stadium to move his team back into the play-off positions in League Two.

But with 10 matches remaining and various sides pushing for promotion, there are expected to be a lot more twists and turns before May 7.

McAnuff is one of the most experienced members in the O’s squad, alongside player-manager Kevin Nolan and Nicky Hunt, and knows his role.

He said: “The gaffer has been quite keen to get that experience in the squad, it was a fairly young to start off with, but we have a nice blend now.

“We have some good experienced heads in the dressing room and hopefully if we can get to at least the play-offs it will hold us in good stead, but we have a lot of work to do to make sure we’re in there first.”

Orient’s away form under Nolan has played a huge part in getting them firmly in the race for the top seven.

They’ve won four times on the road and drawn the other match since his appointment, but struggled at Brisbane Road.

McAnuff admits it is difficult for fans to comprehend why they can have such good results away but not at home.

He tried to explain why O’s and other sides in the division often find it tough in front of their own fans.

“I know the gaffer is delighted with the away form and the clean sheets,” added McAnuff.

“Clean sheets is something he is massive on and particularly on the road - keeping them is how you win games and you frustrate the home fans that have expectations.

“When you go away it is a completely different game and sometimes it is hard for fans to appreciate that.

“It can be hard at home when teams just sit in, but at the same time we have to be able to deal with that and break sides down really and we’ll be working on it.”

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