Search

Orient facing ‘massive’ fixtures

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 November 2015

Orient's Sean Clohessy challenges for the ball at Hartlepool (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Orient's Sean Clohessy challenges for the ball at Hartlepool (pic: Simon O'Connor)

07958 573219 simon.oconnor@virgin.net

Clohessy: We need back-to-back wins

Sean Clohessy says Leyton Orient’s next two matches have become ‘massive’ following their loss at Hartlepool.

Ian Hendon’s side welcome York to Brisbane Road on Saturday, before a long trip to Plymouth on Tuesday, having slipped to a 3-1 defeat in front of the live Sky Sports TV cameras on Sunday.

O’s have now taken just five points from their last six League Two matches and are clinging on to a play-off place by virtue of goal difference.

“A lot of teams would have made us favourites and we’ve come away with a 3-1 loss,” said Clohessy.

“We’ve got to regroup and the boys have to shoulder the blame. There’s nothing the manager could have done any different.

“We prepared the best, we were given downtime, we trained hard and trained on everything like we normally do, but it’s just the boys’ fault.

“Every Saturday is a big game, but Saturday and Tuesday become massive games and we need to get back on a winning roll and get back-to-back wins to creep up, because anyone can beat each other in this league.

“We need to start getting that confidence back and grinding out results if that’s what we have to do. We can’t keep doing this because teams are going to get away from us and we’re going to have too big a gap and will have to go on a hell of a run to get into the automatic positions.”

Orient travelled to Victoria Park without Sammy Moore, following the birth of his daughter in the week, and Dean Cox, who has been ruled out for six months with a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in training.

But Bradley Pritchard returned from suspension and put them in front after only 13 minutes as he converted a pass from Lloyd James to finish off a good move with a low, left-footed shot.

Clohessy added: “It’s something we do in training quite a lot. We get a lot of play down the right, passing it around.

“‘Pritch’ with his runs and Lloydy’s passing, being able to put things round the corner, is something we’re good at and we’ve got chances like that earlier in the season.

“It was a well-worked goal, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. We’ve got 1-0 ahead and we should be seeing out the game.

“Obviously you want the second goal to try and control things, but once you go 1-0 ahead, that’s the main part of the game. That’s what we were complaining about ealier in the season when we weren’t getting ahead and were conceding.”

Orient’s lead in the north east lasted just seven minutes, though, as Alan Dunne was penalised for handling a cross and Kudus Oyenuga beat Charlie Grainger from the penalty spot.

The match remained in the balance until 15 minutes from time when Jake Gray’s shot deflected off Dunne to put Pools ahead and Gray added a third late on to make sure of the points.

Clohessy added: “Obviously the penalty changes things, but even then you’re still 1-1 and we’ve had half-chances in the second half.

“Then we conceded the second one and obviously we’re always chasing the game and that’s the problem. You’re obviously open to counter-attacks and they’ve got the third and they deserved the win in the end.

“We’ve had a great following, it’s a long way to come and it’s just truly not acceptable.”

If you value what this gives you, please consider supporting our work. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Latest East London Sports News

10:30

A total of 2,221 laps and dodging the dog is the story for East London runner

Yesterday, 19:34

The Football Association Council has ratified the decision to effectively cancel the 2019/20 season for sections of the non-league, women’s and grassroots game.

Yesterday, 16:00

Read Virgin Sport CEO Jessica Frey’s top tips on running during the coronavirus lockdown.

Yesterday, 14:38

The English Football League has estimated that 56 days will be needed to complete the season in a letter sent to clubs.

Yesterday, 13:30

Creative and media agencies have teamed up to create a campaign encouraging people to exercise safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, 10:00

Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis and vice-chairman Kent Teague are trying to operate business as usual while being in lockdown across the pond in the United States of America.

Yesterday, 07:46

Premier League players have joined forces to create an initiative which aims to raise funds for NHS charities during the coronavirus pandemic and distribute them “where they are needed most”.

Wed, 16:37

Essex Cricket players and the majority of non-playing staff have been placed on furlough leave because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Festival organisers AEG Presents will once again be providing a variety of exciting opportunities for young people at this year’s event

Looking to rent in London? Securing the keys to a new home in any big city can be an ordeal but there is a way to avoid the common pitfalls of London rentals - dodgy landlords, dubious décor and downright dicey security.

Cauldron Foods’ comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser