Nolan happy with enforced change at the back
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 March 2016
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O's boss reflects on 1-0 loss to Luton, Shaun Brisley's injury and Scott Kashket's loan
Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan was pleased with the decision to move Nicky Hunt into the centre of defence on Saturday against Luton Town.
The former Mansfield Town captain moved inside to partner captain Mathieu Baudry at the heart of the back four after Shaun Brisley suffered a head injury.
Hatters goalkeeper Jon Mitchell caught the O’s defender accidently in the League Two clash and the collision left him unconscious for a short amount of time.
Jobi McAnuff replaced him, despite Connor Essam being on the bench, as Sean Clohessy dropped back from right midfield to right-back.
Nolan revealed it was his backroom staff that made the decision, but he was happy with it, although less pleased with Orient’s defending for Jack Marriott’s winner.
“It was a big call and again it was the lads on the bench who come up with it, but I was quite happy with how it went,” said the former West Ham United captain.
“I’m disappointed with the goal and the other chance because both have come from a big hump down the middle.
“For all the stuff we showed and work on during the week, that shouldn’t be happening - not for us because we have too talented a squad and too many good defenders for that to happen.
“When we see the goal back, it is really disappointing and that is the most disappointing thing I’ll go away thinking about.”
The club released a statement after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Luton confirming Brisley had gone to hospital and required a number of stitches in a cut above his right eye.
It seems likely he will be unavailable for the clash with Oxford United this weekend after being knocked unconscious.
And that means either Hunt will continue in the centre of defence, which appears most likely, or Essam could be given another chance.
Nolan added: “Listen we have a good squad and people who can come in here, there and everywhere.
“It is something we’ll be evaluating in the next 48 hours and seeing how Shaun is. We will see what the protocol is, but you’ll know more about him at the latter part of the week.”
Last week it was revealed that Scott Kashket had joined Welling United on loan and impressed during his debut against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.
Freddy Moncur and Aron Pollock also completed a loan switch to Wingate & Finchely, Nolan said: “It is a progression for them, they have got to make sure they start getting some men’s football – that’s the whole idea.
“All the lads are working really hard behind the scenes to get them out on loan at good clubs so they can get some football for either next season or the latter part of this campaign and then they can go away and would have played some games and hopefully scored some goals.
“We want Scotty to do that and then he can come back and be banging on my door, that’s what you want. You want people pushing for places.”