Orient covered at the back but may seek more forward options
PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:27 26 November 2015
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Brisbane Road boss discusses new defenders, reveals who else he is looking to sign and talks about the Marriott experience
Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon admitted he is still looking to add to his squad with the loan window shutting this week.
The east Londoners signed Jean-Yves M’voto on a two-month deal on Saturday and added Queen’s Park Rangers youngster Cole Kpekawa to their ranks last Thursday on an initial one-month deal.
Both are defenders and the duo made their debuts at Brisbane Road against York City – inspiring Orient to a 3-2 success.
Captain Mathieu Baudry limped off in the 25th minute to be replaced by Kpekawa after the Frenchman suffered a hip injury.
M’voto and Kpekawa lined up alongside each other at the centre of the hosts defence and Hendon is pleased to have the pair at the club.
He said: “Jean has played in the league above and been at Barnsley as well as Oldham Athletic. He has got experience and is a big, strong lad as you can see.
“I believe he will bring a bit of experience to the back. I know Connor Essam is out, but hopefully he will be back soon and it provides a bit more competition when Connor is fit again. That is fine and exactly what I want.
“Cole is a young lad that has played a few matches. He is learning the game and is a skilful left-back or left-sided centre back, like he played on Saturday, so that is two good additions to the squad.
“We have got a bit of height in the team all of a sudden and if you have got it, why not use it. It is funny because Jean comes in against York and Mathieu decides he is going to pop up with a header, and he has had a few of those this season, but gladly it went in.”
Hendon admitted he may look to bring more attacking players to the club before the emergency loan window shuts this week at 5pm on Thursday.
Winger Dean Cox and forward Paul McCallum are both out long-term after suffering cruciate ligament damage to the knee.
But Jamaican international Jobi McAnuff returned to the fold against the Minstermen, playing the last eight minutes at Brisbane Road.
Nevertheless, the O’s boss could potentially increase the depth of his squad this week, he added: “As I say we are still looking and maybe there will be some additions, but we are covered at the back now. We will maybe look at a few forward areas if we can.
“We are looking to bring more players in. We have been trying to bring quite a few people in – not only last week, but the week before that. You never know, we will see what happens.”
The win over York enabled Hendon’s side to end a strange week with three points, which leaves them seventh in the League Two table.
Orient players and staff had to spend a couple of days in the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey after losing at Hartlepool United 3-1 on November 15.
Hendon insisted he hadn’t learnt anything new about his players that he didn’t already know due to the experience.
And said it would be something the O’s could do again if president Francesco Becchetti insists.
“I haven’t learnt anything about my squad that I didn’t know already. I’ve got a good group of players,” added Hendon.
“They’re honest. Any mistakes that are made are honest mistakes. We had a couple at Hartlepool and the result of that was to spend a week in a hotel. That’s something that happens from time to time – well, it does here.
“Why not do it again? If that’s what it needs to get everybody together and spend more time together than why not?
“If we said we was going off to Spain or Tenerife for warm weather training, no one would have batted an eyelid so the fact we’re in Waltham Abbey in a hotel doing a similar thing, more time on the training ground, I don’t see what the fuss was about.”
It was a strange demand by Becchetti, even if similar has happened several times previously in his native Italy, and although Orient got back to winning ways - the result wasn’t because of their stay in the Marriott.
Orient picked up the three points because they were more clinical in both penalty areas, that was the key to Saturday’s win.
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