Nu­gent eyes job de­spite de­feat

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ryan Mor­ris

LOS­ING to ten men to ex­tend the league’s worst home record isn’t the best way to put your­self in the shop win­dow, but Kevin Nu­gent in­sists he still wants a crack at the Ley­ton Ori­ent job.

The O’s as­sis­tant man­ager took the reins after the de­par­ture of Rus­sell Slade but couldn’t re­verse a poor run at Bris­bane Road de­spite Ori­ent go­ing into the break ahead.

After fall­ing be­hind to an early Matthew Done strike Ori­ent showed spirit to fight back and goals from Jobi McAnuff and Ro­main Vincelot put them ahead.

And Ori­ent should have gone on to win with Ash­ley Eastham sent off for bring­ing Dar­ius Hen­der­son down in the box but Con­rad Lo­gan pulled off an im­pres­sive save to deny Chris Dag­nall and mo­men­tum swung to the away side.

And they left with three points thanks to sec­ond half ef­forts from Peter Vin­centi and a sec­ond Done goal.

De­spite the set­back Nu­gent was quick to praise his play­ers while press­ing his case for the full-time role.

“I’ve worked with the youth team, done scout­ing here and the man­age­rial vacancy def­i­nitely in­ter­ests and ex­cites me,” said Nu­gent.

“The play­ers for the majority of the per­for­mance were ex­cel­lent, but there were a few lapses in con­cen­tra­tion and that’s ab­so­lutely cost us.

“We went through ev­ery­thing be­fore­hand, but it just didn’t hap­pen. We had so many op­por­tu­ni­ties to score, we missed a penalty, and we need to get them goals and turn them into wins.”

The vis­i­tors opened the scor­ing on four min­utes, Done fir­ing past Gary Woods.

McAnuff hit back with a half-vol­ley on 13 min­utes with the turn­ing point seem­ing to ar­rive on the half-hour, as Eastham was dis­missed.

Lo­gan’s save kept it all square un­til Vincelot nod­ded Hen­der­son’s knock­down over the line although Rochdale were all square on 46 min­utes through Vin­centi.

And Rochdale won it when for­mer O’s skip­per Stephen Daw­son found Done, and the winger ad­vanced into the area be­fore fir­ing past Woods.

“We put a sec­ond plan into ac­tion after the orig­i­nal one was de­stroyed with the send­ing off,” ad­mit­ted Dale as­sis­tant boss Chris Beech.

“It was def­i­nitely out­side the box, but Hen­der­son got the other side of the de­fender and he’s in­tel­li­gent, there was min­i­mal con­tact but as a de­fender you al­ways have to be strong against him.

“Matthew Done’s never played up front un­til about six or seven games ago, for him to change po­si­tion now in his mid-20s, he’s got so much dy­namic move­ment, pace and a left-foot to com­ple­ment.”

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