Search

Teddy Mezague knows Leyton Orient must halt rot and head in right direction after Stags loss

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:27 31 January 2017

Leyton Orient's Teddy Mezague heads clear at Portsmouth (pic Simon O'Connor)

Leyton Orient's Teddy Mezague heads clear at Portsmouth (pic Simon O'Connor)

Simon O'Connor Photography

French defender disappointed with defeat at Mansfield Town, but determined to put things right

Teddy Mezague knows Leyton Orient are in a bad situation and must do everything they can to improve after dropping into the relegation zone following a 2-0 defeat at Mansfield Town.

The O’s conceded two early second-half goals to suffer a fourth consecutive loss and fall to 23rd in the League Two table.

Ben Whiteman opened the scoring in the 48th minute after firing home from the edge of the area, before Danny Rose doubled the Stags’ advantage eight minutes later.

“Game after game it is the same result – we lose, so we’re in a bad situation and we have to stop this,” said Frenchman Mezague.

“It is not easy when you are conceding a lot and you don’t have many chances to score either.

“We worked hard to keep a clean sheet in the first half, but five minutes into the second half we concede.

“I know we need to keep working, even if it is not easy because we are at the bottom, but we have to carry on.”

Mezague highlighted one of Orient’s most recent problems – they keep conceding goals straight after half time.

Earlier in the campaign, set-pieces were a big issue for O’s and now it is staying focused having gone in level at the break.

At Exeter, Portsmouth and now Mansfield, Orient conceded five minutes after the restart and that is only analysing January.

It has been a problem for a while and, despite O’s trying several different combinations at the back, they continue to struggle in defence.

Orient’s number 19 did actually look quite solid during the first half at Stags, although struggled after the break like most of his team-mates.

Mezague has made just seven appearances for the east Londoners since signing in August on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old has only recently recovered from a bad Achilles injury, but feels he is progressing well.

He added: “I’m not 100 per cent, although I’m almost there and I work hard during the week to keep up my fitness and recovery.

“I haven’t played in the UK before, so I have had to adjust my football and it hasn’t always been easy, but I’m working hard.”

Although Mezague has made some mistakes, the defender has looked fairly solid since his debut last month.

The centre back, over six-foot-tall, has given Orient more strength in the air and has a vital part to play between now and the end of the season.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Charlie Lee believes the former Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers striker will prove to be a fine addition

14:23

Hammers collected a 2-1 triumph away to the Royals on Wednesday

The Leyton Orient coach wouldn’t mind a number of Tuesday night league fixtures if it means O’s achieve success on two fronts

09:50

Sporting Bengal United crashed out of the Errington Challenge Cup on penalties despite putting together a come back late on against West Essex.

Yesterday, 17:06

Hammers boss was speaking to the press ahead of Friday’s game against Cottagers

Yesterday, 13:00

Leyton Orient’s form since the Boxing Day loss at Dagenham & Redbridge has been below-par

Yesterday, 12:00

England get one-day series against West Indies underway in Barbados today

Tue, 17:00

Wapping’s men romped to an 11-0 win over bottom club Saffron Walden in their East League Premier A clash at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

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

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists