O’s boss pleased with players

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 August 2015

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: Dave Simpson/TGS Photo).

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: Dave Simpson/TGS Photo).

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Hendon gives update on Jobi McAnuff’s situation and discusses if he will add to his current squad

Orient's Jobi McAnuff (pic: Simon O'Connor)Orient's Jobi McAnuff (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Leyton Orient boss Ian Hendon admits his squad of players are making his job easier at the moment and ensuring he doesn’t need to use the transfer market.

The Brisbane Road club moved up to first place in the League Two standings on Tuesday night after seeing off Stevenage by three goals to nil.

Jay Simpson and summer signings Blair Turgott and Ollie Palmer were on target, and the O’s head coach isn’t too concerned about bringing new additions into the club at the moment.

Although Orient appear to have a small squad, with various youth team players involved, that is exactly how Hendon likes it.

He said: “The squad are making it easy for me at the moment because of how well they are doing. I have said it all along, it is easier to look after a smaller squad than have disgruntled players sitting on the sidelines not getting involved.

“It is only going to get more difficult, we knew it was going to happen against Stevenage and we tried to speak to them to set them up and let them know what is coming.

“That game on Tuesday was how we thought it was going to be. It was very difficult and if they had scored who knows what would have happened, but we kept going and got a clean sheet which is majorly important.

“In the end our qualities at the top end of the pitch come through and we scored some good goals.”

The president Francesco Becchetti seemed delighted with the result as he congratulated the players following the result.

Hendon is happy to see him pleased and also discussed the changes he needed to make against Stevenage to earn another three points.

“The president is loving it at the moment and I see somebody say look on YouTube because he was coming out of Dagenham hi-fiving our supporters out the back of his car,” said the O’s head coach.

“I am really pleased because all that man wants is what is best for this football club and he is doing his upmost to help and push this club forward.

“Against Stevenage we set our team out, it wasn’t going to change after the first two matches and to be fair to Teddy Sheringham they matched us up and they competed well.

“We made the subs and changed our tactics a bit and that seemed to open the game up a bit and we seemed to get a bit of joy. It is alright changing the shape but the players have got to go and perform in that and with the way they played and they did and we won the fixture.”

Hendon was also quizzed about the latest on Jobi McAnuff, who trained with Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers last week.

He explained the situation regarding the Jamaican international at the present time, adding: “Jobi is up with Blackburn training so we will see what happens. As I have said before he wasn’t here over the pre-season and the players that we have got at the moment are doing very well.

“Even if he does come back and he is part of the squad it is going to be very difficult for him to break into that team at the moment.”

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