Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James is delighted to be back playing after an injury disrupted season last year. The former Southampton trainee suffered a broken leg in September 2014 and missed the majority of last season. Speaking to Leytonorient.com after his sides win at Dagenham on Saturday he stated “I’m just delighted to be back out their, after the injury last year, I feel like I am slowly getting back to myself”.
James who netted Orient’s second from the spot added “Obviously with a pre season under my belt, it is great to be back out there, 3 points was the main thing”. With disappointment in the cup in midweek after conceding 2 late goals away at MK Dons, Orient bounced back with a Derby Day win at Dagenham. James stated that “it was a good performance, thought the first half we dominated the game, it is always important to get the first goal. We got another quickly and thought we were comfortable and performed well on the day”.
Hendon echoed James’s thoughts post match “we have started the season well, it’s a good performance and another win, we look forward to Tuesday night now, it is a quick turnaround and we will try and perform the same again”. Speaking to leytonorient.com, Hendon highlighted the team’s togetherness “it has been like that since Day 1, credit to them and the staff. We keep on at them all day every day, they are taking it on board and results are coming”
Orient face Stevenage tomorrow night as Hendon faces Teddy Sheringham for the first time since they parted West Ham in the summer. “We shared the same office last season and I am looking forward to the battle”. Hendon side was backed by over 1400 travelling fans at the weekend and will hoping for them to return to Brisbane Road tomorrow night.
“It was like a home match, the O’s fans outsung Dagenham fans all game”
Stevenage picked up a 2-2 draw away at Newport on Saturday with Mark Hughes netted an injury time equaliser and Sheringham was “delighted to get it back to 2-2″. Speaking to stevenagefc.com post match he was disappointed “to go down 2-1, momentum changes very quickly in games but we are delighted to get a point”
Despite picking up a draw at the weekend, Sheringham is still looking for his first win at Stevenage manager after defeat against Notts County and Ipswich in his first two games. “For 3 games on the spin, I can’t fault the character, commitment, endeavour or work rate from the squad of players”.
Boro’s late hero, Mark Hughes stated the importance of “getting off the mark, we have points on the board and it is something to build on for Tuesday. All the lads are looking forward to it. We all will put the effort and commitment in and with a bit more a win is just around the corner”
Hughes spoke to stevenagefc.com about the threat that Orient will possess tomorrow, “they have momentum, they are one of the favorites to go up they have good players and they will do alright”. Sheringham will make his first trip to Brisbane Road for the game but stated that “it is always going to be a big game for us, it is a lovely place to go and play football”.
Both sides will be hoping for victory tomorrow but Hendon knows that Sheringham side “will play football, they are a good footballing side, we have had them watched and will work in training on that”. One main concern for Hendon will be the concentration levels of his players towards the end of matches, after conceding their third goal in 2 games in the final few minutes it could provide a problem for the former West Ham coach.
“Course we like clean sheets, defenders like clean sheets aswell as the keeper, we pride ourselves in setting up not to concede goals and it was the only disappointing thing, one of the lads held his hands up, we learn and move on”
Hendon will hoping that midfielder Dean Cox continues his fine form at the start of the season, with an assist and stunning free kick on Saturday, Cox is relishing the freedom he is given at the top of the midfield diamond. Speaking to London24.com today Hendon stated that Cox “epitomised our performance and togetherness at the moment”. Supporters have seen the changes within the dressing room and group which has been instilled by Hendon and James commented that “the winning spirit is good to have back in the dressing room, we are obviously delighted, there is nothing better than a winning feeling”
Orient’s only injury concern is captain Mathieu Baudry who limped off with a twisted ankle on Saturday. Alan Dunne could be set for his first league start if Mathieu Baudry fails a fitness tomorrow. Hendon will look to name the same midfield and strikers for the third league game in a row. James stated that “we have to look after ourselves, we can’t get greedy, we need to rest up be ready to go tomorrow night. Do the work on the training ground and get the 3 points”
Stevenage look set to continue with Brett Williams and Mark Hughes who returned to their starting line up on Saturday but Jamie McCombe remains a doubt having missed the trip to Newport. Dipo Akinyemi looks set to continue after netting his first professional goal on Saturday.
Head to Head – 8 Meetings – Leyton Orient 4, Stevenage 3, Draw 1
Last Meeting – 18/02/2014 – Leyton Orient 2-0 Stevenage
- Stevenage have won, lost and drawn in the 3 League meetings at Brisbane Road
- Orient have won 4 of the last 6 meetings, not conceding a goal in those matches
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-0 Stevenage