SHER­ING­HAM THE NEXT TAR­GET TO FILL HEN­DON’S CROSSHAIRS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Robin Cot­tle

IAN Hen­don is rel­ish­ing to a meet­ing with old friend Teddy Sher­ing­ham af­ter his Paul McCal­lum-inspired Ley­ton Ori­ent coasted to vic­tory at Vic­to­ria Road.

Goals from McCal­lum, a Lloyd James penalty and Dean Cox’s bril­liant free-kick se­cured a com­fort­able vic­tory be­fore Jamie Cure­ton’s late con­so­la­tion. And next up is a meet­ing with Steve­nage, man­aged by Sher­ing­ham – an ex-col­league of Hen­don’s from their West Ham days.

“I know what Paul McCal­lum is all about and he will get goals in this league,” said Hen­don. “He’s proved that even be­fore we signed him from his loan spells and he’s car­ry­ing on in the same vein.

“I shared an of­fice with Teddy last sea­son and I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a bat­tle with him. I’m not sur­prised he’s taken a job in League Two, you’ve got to get your ground­ing and he’s gone to a good club.”

McCal­lum gave Ori­ent the lead with a header from Cox’s clever flick just be­fore the 20minute mark mo­ments af­ter he had hit the bar from Sean Clo­hessy’s cross.

Cle­vid Dika­mona then han­dled Mathieu Baudry’s header, James mak­ing mis­take from the penalty spot and it was Cox who pro­vided the cherry on top with a glo­ri­ous free-kick..

Just over a year ago, Hen­don’s men were a cou­ple of penal­ties away from reach­ing the Cham­pi­onship and they have adapted to life in League Two with two im­pres­sive wins. Dag­gers coach Dar­ren Cur­rie, mean­while, was fum­ing about his team’s per­for­mance as they crum­bled af­ter a pos­i­tive start.

He said: “The first goal is al­ways im­por­tant, even more so in der­bies.We had one or two op­por­tu­ni­ties that I hoped we would have taken and never re­ally re­cov­ered from that.

“It’s a real dis­ap­point­ment we didn’t re­cover the form in the first 20 min­utes of the game.

“Their first goal looks like it might have been off­side but it shouldn’t have im­pacted on what we were do­ing. “A lot of the goals we’ve con­ceded this sea­son come down to or­gan­i­sa­tion and that re­flects badly on us – peo­ple aren’t do­ing their jobs prop­erly.”

Ori­ent stop­per Cisak made two bril­liant saves from Chris­tian Doidge, the sec­ond onto the bar from point-blank range, as Dag­gers looked for a way back into the game.

There was still time for Jay Simp­son to head against the bar be­fore Cure­ton, two weeks be­fore his 40th birth­day, pro­duced a bril­liant lobbed con­so­la­tion.

Hen­don added: “The only dis­ap­point­ing part of the game was con­ced­ing a goal. I’m a de­fender at heart and love keep­ing clean sheets.”

STAR MAN DEAN COX Ley­ton Ori­ent

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