Search

Palmer pleased with his role after helping O’s draw

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 September 2015

Leyton Orient players celebrate after Jay Simpson's equalising goal against Wycombe Wanderers (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient players celebrate after Jay Simpson's equalising goal against Wycombe Wanderers (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

Former Mansfield forward delighted to win man of the match, hopes to get into starting team and talks about penalty incident

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson slots past Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Ingram (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson slots past Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Ingram (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Ollie Palmer may have only come on at half time against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, but the impact of the Leyton Orient forward was enough to earn him the man of the match award.

The 23-year-old is yet to start in League Two this season, but has been introduced off the substitute’s bench in every fixture.

He has also started both matches in the Capital One Cup and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but at the weekend was finally given a lengthy time to demonstrate his ability in the division and the former Mansfield striker grasped it with both hands.

Immediately after his introduction, Palmer was putting himself about and letting the Wycombe defender know they would be in for a tough test.

That proved to be the case and it was the battling qualities of the attacker that contributed towards Jay Simpson equalising for Ian Hendon’s team in the 67th minute.

Leyton Orient forward Ollie Palmer in action against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient forward Ollie Palmer in action against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Although the O’s weren’t able to find a winner in the final 23 minutes, Palmer was delighted with his contribution.

He said: “I really appreciate the fans backing and getting man of the match does mean a lot to me and is good for my confidence.

“I want to kick on, I want to starting winning games and want to be involved in a winning team, which I am. I love this club, it is a great club and I am really enjoying my football.

“That is without me starting games so hopefully that will only get better if I get in the starting XI.”

Ollie Palmer of Leyton Orient is congratulated after scoring against Woking in a 4-0 win (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).Ollie Palmer of Leyton Orient is congratulated after scoring against Woking in a 4-0 win (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Palmer has only remained as an impact substitute because of how well Paul McCallum and Jay Simpson began the campaign.

Simpson has been on fire and has six goals in eight league starts this season, which leaves him as the second top goalscorer of the division.

McCallum began the campaign by scoring three times in the first four matches, but hasn’t found the net since August 22 and therefore the pressure is building on Palmer to be picked over the former West Ham forward.

“Paul and Jay done well at the beginning of the year and they both had good pre-seasons so I had to be patient,” admitted Palmer.

“I think getting a strong 45 against Wycombe, not just a 20-minute run out, showed what I am capable of, but everyone is fighting for places here.

“We have got a very small squad, but a good squad with some really talented individuals. We want to keep everyone fit and keep the competition feisty.”

Saturday’s match was full of drama for Palmer in particular and he might have conceded a penalty late on when a coming together occurred between the O’s forward and Wanderers skipper Matt Bloomfield.

The away captain went to the ground and asked for a spot-kick to be awarded, but referee James Linington was unmoved.

Palmer conceded it was a nervy moment, adding: “It was a little bit heart in mouth time, but that was just me trying to be positive and break away.

“Luckily, well I don’t think it was a penalty. He does go down early, yes their might have been a little bit of contact, but he does go down early. They had a few dives throughout that game and the referee was quite wise to that.”

You could argue that Palmer got a bit lucky in that instance, but the 23-year-old deserved that after his excellent display. Now if he continues to impress during training this week, he’ll definitely warrant a starting berth at Northampton Town on Saturday.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 15:32

London Lions have added immense size to their roster with young Brit, Kingsley Okoroh standing at seven foot one inch.

Yesterday, 12:33

West Ham women captain Gilly Flaherty, her teammates, head coach Matt Beard and his backroom team had the opportunity to take a first look at their new matchday home on Wednesday, where the side were shown around the 6,000-capacity stadium.

Yesterday, 12:00

West Ham United attacker Michail Antonio has won the EA Sports Premier League Player of the Month award for July.

Yesterday, 11:00

The London Lions have re-signed Great Britain point guard, Jules Dang-Akodo after one of his most promising season’s to date.

Yesterday, 09:00

With grassroots football stepping up preparations for the 2020-21 season, why not celebrate with another sporting quiz.

Wed, 16:00

Defending champions Super Rangers saw off Anirban in a crunch match in Division One of the Victoria Park Community League.

Wed, 12:00

The transfer window is already hotting up with West Ham United reportedly interested in the likes of Matty Cash, Kyle Walker-Peters and Ebere Eze.

Wed, 10:00

Striker Charlee Hughes was dropped from Leyton Orient academy, gave up, but has found his way slowly back up the ladder – most recently being signed by National League side Wealdstone.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

People are being encouraged to enjoy summer safely by exploring destinations closer to home. Taking a holiday in the United Kingdom offers people the chance to uncover some stunning scenery, wonderful attractions and superb accommodation without having to jump on a plane. Here, we take a look at the type of places you can stay, the rules you need to follow and how to enjoy a great staycation.

Summer is here and people from across the South East region can enjoy the many attractions that we have on our doorstep, as long as we follow UK Government advice and enjoy summer safely. There are plenty of places to go and things to do to suit every budget. Here is our guide to the numerous great days out.

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