Sur­prise ho­tel stay does Jay no harm

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Blair Fer­gu­son

LEY­TON ORI­ENT boss Ian Hen­don played down the im­por­tance of his side’s vic­tory against York City that saw them im­prove on a run of only two wins in 12 league games be­fore kick-off.

It was an odd week for the O’s, who spent ev­ery night since last week­end’s de­feat to Hartle­pool in a ho­tel and away from their fam­i­lies – on the or­ders of Ital­ian owner Francesco Bec­chetti.

But the un­ortho­dox move clearly paid off as star striker Jay Simp­son net­ted twice to en­sure his side edged a five-goal thriller and stayed in­side the play-off spots.

“Jay’s had a lit­tle quiet spell and it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore he started scor­ing again. I’m pleased for him to­day for get­ting two goals,” said Hen­don.

“I wouldn’t say the win was vi­tal but it’s an­other vic­tory and an­other three points to­wards the ti­tle. On the bal­ance of play I wasn’t con­cerned be­cause we cre­ated more than them, they had a couple of chances be­fore the end, but on the whole yet again we con­trolled the game and could have come out much big­ger vic­tors.

“You talk about chances that they’ve cre­ated, but we’ve got a back four there that haven’t played to­gether so it’s go­ing to take some time for them to get set­tled."

The O’s were the dom­i­nate teams from the off and af­ter hit­ting the bar through Jack Payne in the open­ing minute soon had the lead when Mathieu Baudry headed in pow­er­fully from a cor­ner.

With the lead dou­bled just be­fore the break with the first of Simp­son’s two goals, the game looked at ease, how­ever, Vadaine Oliver pulled one back al­most im­me­di­ately thanks to a de­flec­tion.

Simp­son was on hand with a fan­tas­tic solo ef­fort on 64 min­utes that flew across Scott Flin­ders into the right of the goal, but York caused some late drama through Oliver’s headed eqauliser. York boss Jackie McNa­mara came close to leav­ing with a point late on but ac­knowl­edged his side need to start games bet­ter if they are to end their los­ing run.

“We wait for things to go wrong be­fore we can fix it or make some­thing so I’m very dis­ap­pointed with the goals we lost, but I know what we need to do and we need to change a few things,” he said.

“We’ve come away from home and scored two, we could have had an­other few and I don’t think they made many op­por­tu­ni­ties against us in the sec­ond half which makes it even more frus­trat­ing.

“The be­lief was bet­ter in the sec­ond half and not wor­ry­ing about making mis­takes go­ing for­ward, we also had an ex­tra bit of en­ergy, but again, some­thing has to go wrong be­fore we start do­ing that.”

STAR MAN JAY SIMP­SON Ley­ton

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