Orient player-manager keen for more belief
PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 March 2016
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Nolan talks about opposition enjoying Brisbane Road pitch and fans having a right to voice disapproval
Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan has called on his squad to believe in themselves with seven matches remaining in their League Two campaign.
The O’s suffered back-to-back defeats over the Easter weekend, going down 1-0 at Accrington Stanley on Good Friday, before drawing another blank at home and losing 2-0 to Hartlepool United on Bank Holiday Monday.
It is the fourth time the former West Ham United captain has seen his side beaten at Brisbane Road since taking charge on January 21.
Second-half goals from Pools striker Billy Paynter and Nathan Thomas left the home supporters unhappy after another frustrating day in E10.
But Nolan called on his players to improve after they saw the gap between themselves and seventh place open up to two points.
He said: “I don’t think there is one problem, I believe people like coming to Brisbane Road because it is a fantastic stadium.
“You go out there, it’s nice and the pitch is green and you don’t get that at too many League Two clubs, so all of these players are going to love coming here.
“I had the same when teams used to come to me when I was in the Premier League and they were in League One or Two.
“They would visit us and love it under the lights and be playing at a fantastic stadium and our home is a brilliant ground.
“I don’t think there are many up alongside it in this division. We need to get used to that and the next thing is we can’t get carried away with how the supporters react to whether we do something right or wrong.
“We need to believe in what we’re doing, if we continue to believe in what we’re doing we will get the results and start to get the performances we need.”
Orient did create chances against Hartlepool and forced visiting keeper Trevor Carson to make some fine saves.
But they lacked the urgency you would expect from a team that is trailing at home and especially one looking to make it into the play-offs.
That is what disappointed the O’s supporters most despite an encouraging spell in the first half. Nolan added: “Fans pay their good money and I’ve had this conversation wherever I’ve been at.
“When you’re not doing so well at home, and you saw Oxford United supporters turn on them when we beat them 1-0, that’s what’s going to happen.
“That’s when we’ve got to stand up and be counted because at the end of the day they pay their hard earned money to come and watch us. They have an opinion and if they don’t like it they don’t like it.”