O’s can hit top form again says Hunt
PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 April 2016
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Experienced defender insists players still believe they can reach League Two play-offs
Nicky Hunt insists Leyton Orient are capable of ending the season strongly despite Saturday’s loss to London rivals Barnet.
The O’s suffered a 3-0 defeat at the Hive and were second best for much of the League Two contest. John Akinde put the Bees ahead in the first half before Lloyd James had a 48th minute penalty saved.
Sam Togwell doubled Barnet’s lead two minutes later before Akinde added a third before the hour mark, but Hunt insists the east Londoners know they are capable of finishing the campaign with a strong winning run.
“As players we know we’ve lost three out of four, one point from 12 is not promotion form, but the previous four or five weeks we have been hitting top three form,” said the former Bolton Wanderers defender after Saturday’s match.
“We know we can do it, but football is a funny old game, one thing doesn’t go your way in a match and it puts you on the back foot. It killed us because they went two nil up straight after.”
Their showings of late on the pitch haven’t been what Kevin Nolan or the Orient fans would’ve wanted. It has resulted in the O’s board deciding that Andy Hessenthaler should take charge of the first team in the interim.
Nolan will now concentrate on just playing and try to help improve their performances, but Hunt believes it is all about results now.
He said: “It is a points business, that is what the fans want to see. They don’t necessarily want to see you play well, but just come off the field with a win.
“They want to see us get this club back to where it belongs in League One. That is what we’re committed to doing. On Saturday it wasn’t our day for a number of reasons. The fans have been first class and their commitment to the away and home matches has been brilliant.”
Nolan, whilst still manager, held a lengthy meeting with his squad after the defeat at Barnet. Hunt added: “A lot got said about where we want to be and what we need to do to rectify the situation we are in.
“We are not in a bad position, we could be in a worst place, but ideally we need to get into those play-offs. That is the main aim and it starts this week.”