Search

We were poor all season says sad O’s captain Clarke

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 May 2015

O's captain Nathan Clarke (pic: Simon O'Connor)

O's captain Nathan Clarke (pic: Simon O'Connor)

2 Burnham Road Chingford London E4 8PE

Skipper of relegated E10 team admits players need to look at themselves afteer chaotic campaign

O's captain Nathan Clarke at the end of the Sheffield United match (pic: Simon O'Connor)O's captain Nathan Clarke at the end of the Sheffield United match (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Leyton Orient captain Nathan Clarke believes no single person can take the blame for the club suffering relegation to League Two, it has been the team not performing well enough throughout the season.

The Brisbane Road club had their fate sealed on Sunday when they let a two-goal lead slip at Swindon Town to draw 2-2 at the County Ground.

Colchester’s victory against Preston ensured they would have been relegated anyway, and the O’s captain believes everyone has to take the blame.

“I don’t know who is most responsible, I think to start pointing fingers at certain people at this stage is a little bit embarrassing,” said Clarke.

Orient captain Nathan Clarke congratulates Dean Cox after scoring at  Swindon (pic: Simon O'Connor)Orient captain Nathan Clarke congratulates Dean Cox after scoring at Swindon (pic: Simon O'Connor)

“Ultimately it has been a team thing and the team has not performed unfortunately.

“The season has not been brilliant and whichever team you are at the manager always seems to be up getting shot at.

“We need to be big enough as players to have a good look at ourselves and see where we have made mistakes because it always seems to be the manager that gets it in the neck.”

The players weren’t good enough to beat a second-string Swindon team at the weekend and finished 23rd in the table.

Leyton Orient celebrate Chris Dagnall's goal at Swindon on the final day of the season (pic: Scott Heavey/EMPICS).Leyton Orient celebrate Chris Dagnall's goal at Swindon on the final day of the season (pic: Scott Heavey/EMPICS).

But come the final whistle, the 1,131 O’s supporters in the ground clapped the players and Clarke is eager to give them good times again next season after a chaotic campaign.

“We are all disappointed, but you have got to look forward to a new season,” he added.

“You saw how many fans were at Swindon and clapping us right at the end. They deserve a good go next year and we have to give it our all.

“We are thankful for their support through the season, it has been fantastic. They have stuck with us through what has been a shocking season and we can only thank them.

Orient players dispute the penalty decision against Luke O'Neill (right) at Swindon (pic; Simon O'Connor)Orient players dispute the penalty decision against Luke O'Neill (right) at Swindon (pic; Simon O'Connor)

“I have got another year left on my contract and I am captain of the club so of course I want to stay. I want to stay here as long as I can and lead the team for as many games as I can next year.”

Clarke revealed the players spoke after full time at the County Ground and all accepted they haven’t been relegated because of what happened at Swindon – where they let a two-goal lead slip.

He acknowledged Orient’s performances just haven’t been good enough, but refuted claims other teams have wanted it more than the E10 outfit.

“I don’t think we have been outworked. I think we have been outplayed at times and individually not been at it I guess,” added Clarke.

“We spoke after the match and people have had their say and put it down to one or two things, but it wasn’t just Sunday’s game that defined our season. Throughout we have had some poor performances and it has ultimately led to the situation we are in now.”


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

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Saturday, October 24, 2020

League Two: Stevenage 0 Leyton Orient 2

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Premier League: West Ham United 1 Manchester City 1

Friday, October 23, 2020

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton has revealed he spoke with former O’s striker and now Stevenage boss Alex Revell frequently during the original Covid-19 lockdown as they now go head-to-head this weekend.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi is feeling confident after two big wins to correct their slow start to the new Essex Senior League season.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wapping men secured a 4-2 victory over Bromley and Beckenham to make it three consecutive wins in the Conference East League.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton was ‘pleased’ for his squad to bounce back to winning ways as they put in a much-better team performance.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

League Two: Tranmere Rovers 0 Leyton Orient 1

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

West Ham United fan and budding journalist Kwame Boakye gives his views on the club’s comeback away to rivals Tottenham and believes Fulham is the next big test with Manchester City and Liverpool on the horizon.

PROMOTED CONTENT

With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start for the small and medium-sized companies. Let’s get businesses ready to take advantage of new opportunities...

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

Latest from the East London Advertiser