SHERINGHAM THE NEXT TARGET TO FILL HENDON’S CROSSHAIRS
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