The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Stu­art Daniels

NOTTS COUNTY man­ager Ri­cardo Moniz launched a vig­or­ous de­fence of his team se­lec­tion af­ter mak­ing nine changes to his start­ing line-up as they were beaten at Ley­ton Ori­ent.

Hav­ing not lost in their last three games, the Mag­pies boss stunned ev­ery­body by drop­ping high-pro­file per­form­ers such as Izale McLeod, Liam Noble and goal­keeper Roy Car­roll.

But it back­fired in the first half as Ori­ent took the lead through Sammy Moore’s cush­ioned volley.

Notts did equalise af­ter the break through Jon Stead and threat­ened to go 2-1 up, but even­tu­ally suc­cumbed to Jay Simp­son’s tap-in and Moore’s late screamer.

Asked af­ter­wards why he had felt the need to make so many changes to a team that was un­beaten in three games, Moniz said: “I trust all of my play­ers, sim­ple.

“There are other things that you don’t see like play­ers in train­ing such as Jack Barmby who came into the team and was very good.

“We had a great chance to make it 2-1 and then ev­ery­body would have spo­ken dif­fer­ently.

“Peo­ple would have said they were good changes.

“It’s al­ways af­ter­wards. I’ve al­ways said I wanted a team that has two play­ers for ev­ery po­si­tion.

“I know how tired cer­tain play­ers are and over the long term hav­ing two play­ers for ev­ery po­si­tion has to pay off.”

Ori­ent’s vic­tory over Notts was their first in seven games and has helped end a sticky patch for Ian Hen­don’s side, who had stormed to the top of the ta­ble.

Af­ter Moore gave them the lead only smart goal­keep­ing from Scott Loach pre­vented them from dou­bling their lead through Jay Simp­son.

Notts were much bet­ter af­ter the break and Stead’s classy fin­ish from Adam Camp­bell’s pass was his first in the league this sea­son.

Camp­bell then missed a great chance to make it 2-1, be­fore Simp­son grabbed his sev­enth goal of the sea­son af­ter Loach had par­ried out Sean Clo­hessy’s shot.

Ori­ent did save the best for last when Moore picked up pos­ses­sion in mid­field and struck a won­der­ful ef­fort into the top cor­ner from 35 yards.

It de­lighted boss Hen­don who paid trib­ute to his side’s fight­ing qual­i­ties.

“It was tough,” he said. “They were big and strong and it was not an easy game at all.

“They made nine changes to the team which played against Da­gen­ham, which shows you how big their squad is.

“But it also shows what a good squad it is too.

“But we matched them phys­i­cally. “We gave away some feet and inches in the height depart­ment, but I was re­ally pleased with how we bat­tled.

“I was pleased with Sammy’s goals and the sec­ond was very spe­cial. He hit one at Cam­bridge which got tipped over in in­jury time so let’s hope he gets a few more. He’s taken a whack to the knee, but I think he’s just tweaked it.”

PICS: Dan West­well

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