Hen­don: Su­per Jay need­ing some help

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Wright

UN­DER-PRES­SURE Ori­ent man­ager Ian Hen­don feels his side’s de­fend­ing means Jay Simp­son’s goalscor­ing ex­ploits are go­ing un­re­warded af­ter he res­cued a point at Steve­nage.

The Foot­ball League’s top scorer made it 20 goals for the sea­son when he struck in the sec­ond minute of stop­page time to deny the hosts af­ter Ar­mand Gnan­duil­let’s dou­ble.

De­spite the ela­tion of see­ing their team snatch a point so late, O’s fans made clear their feel­ings on an in­dif­fer­ent cam­paign at the fi­nal whis­tle by loudly chant­ing: ‘Hen­don out’.

“It just seems to be the story at the mo­ment,” said the boss.

“We’ve seen the goals again and it’s just poor de­fend­ing.

“We work on it all week and we ask the guys to do a job and sadly they’ve not done it again, so all that hard work that Jay is do­ing at the mo­ment is to no avail.

“Jay is on the best run of form in his ca­reer, so there are some high­lights. He is work­ing his socks off, he’s get­ting his goals and he needs a bit of help, whether that’s from part­ners up front or de­fend­ers keep­ing clean sheets.”

Steve­nage had their first clear chance when a long ball found its way to Jamille Matt, who prompted a good save out of Alex Cisak.

The visi­tors came closer still when Chris Day spilled Blair Tur­gott’s ef­fort be­fore Boro cap­tain Ron­nie Henry cleared Simp­son’s re­bound off the line.

The visi­tors were awarded a penalty just be­fore the hour when Fraser Franks was judged to have han­dled a shot from Simp­son, who calmly stroked in his spot-kick.

The hosts were able to draw level with 16 min­utes left as Tom Pett’s cross-shot from the right was headed in by Gnan­duil­let from close range.

And the game was soon turned on its head as fel­low sub Ben Kennedy chipped a lovely ball ahead for Gnan­duil­let to run on to and thump into the bot­tom cor­ner.

But the O’s were able to sal­vage a point two min­utes into added time when the ball fell to Simp­son and he drove his shot into the top cor­ner.

Steve­nage man­ager Teddy Sher­ing­ham said: “I’m very dis­ap­pointed with the penalty de­ci­sion but we played fan­tas­ti­cally af­ter that.

“It is hard to take. I just don’t think it is a penalty from shoot­ing like that and hit­ting some­one’s hand.

“We played fan­tas­tic foot­ball af­ter that in very dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.We stuck to our way of play­ing, kept try­ing, worked our socks off.

“The de­sire was fan­tas­tic to get back into game, keep­ing the ball at the right time, and we got our re­wards.”



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