Orient boss happy with squad

PUBLISHED: 18:22 20 February 2016 | UPDATED: 18:22 20 February 2016

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan (centre) celebrates with goalkeeper coach Lee Harrison (left) and assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler.

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan (centre) celebrates with goalkeeper coach Lee Harrison (left) and assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler.

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Former West Ham captain full of praise for Ollie Palmer and reflects on win at Meadow Lane

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan praised his squad following their 1-0 win at Notts County.

The O’s remain ninth in the League Two table despite Shaun Brisley scoring in the 76th minute at Meadow Lane.

It ensured the east Londoners bounced back following the 4-0 loss to Northampton Town last weekend.

Orient’s boss played 85 minutes and hailed Jobi McAnuff’s display and gave himself a mark of five out of 10.

Nolan said: “From my point of view Jobi was probably our best player today, he looked like the one that would make something happen and he did.

“His set pieces caused them problems and he worked hard on getting back and put them under pressure a lot of times.

“I have got to keep working hard and it has been difficult trying to manage both, but I am getting there.

“Fitness wise I am feeling better as each game comes and I am starting to link up more with the lads forward so I’d give myself a nice five out of 10.”

Although Nolan wasn’t involved in the substitutions, he was pleased with the impact Ollie Palmer and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin had on proceedings against the Magpies.

The duo made a big difference for Orient and Jack Payne came on for the player-manager with five minutes remaining.

He added: “I was delighted with the response of the three players that came in and the lads that come on too.

“I thought Ollie Palmer made a big statement to me today and us as a coaching side. He relieved a lot of pressure for us on the pitch and linked up well with Jay.

“Armand has done well in the first half so there are little things for me to think about. I thought Calaum come on and gave us the width we needed at a certain time when we needed it.

“Then ‘Paynie’ came on for myself and settled it down. It is nice to have all those options, it is fantastic for us.”

Nolan was thrilled to see Brisley’s effort hit the back of the net after pinball inside the County penalty area.

He also discussed what it is like playing while being manager at the same time, revealing he tries to focus on the former.

“When you score a goal like that you are delighted. We work hard on both defending and attacking set pieces. We kept it in there and that was the main thing then we got the finished which we needed,” said Nolan.

“I did tell Brisley to leave it so I am pleased he did put it in the back of the net otherwise he would have been in trouble with me.

“When I am on the pitch I just treat it as though I am a captain and that is what I have always tried to do – manage what we have been asked to do.

“Yes I know exactly what we need to do, but it is up to me to get that happy medium. It is something I am working on and something I will get better at as the games go on.”

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