ORI­ENT ARE YET TO SEE THE BEST OF JOBI

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Joshua Richards

JOBI McANUFF thrashed in a goal-of-the-sea­son con­tender last month, but con­cedes he has yet to hit top gear for Ley­ton Ori­ent.

The Ja­maica in­ter­na­tional signed in July 2014 in the midst of an ex­cit­ing time for the club.They had been taken over by Ital­ian bil­lion­aire Francesco Bec­chetti just weeks af­ter nar­rowly miss­ing out on pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship, and it looked as though the east Lon­don club were on the up.

But as man­agers came and went, McAnuff and his team-mates toiled and were rel­e­gated. Among the club’s top earn­ers, McAnuff was ex­pected to de­part as new man­ager Ian Hen­don trimmed his squad.

But he re­mains at the club and, as the O’s fans be­gan to turn on Hen­don in a re­cent home game with Yeovil, McAnuff duly found the top cor­ner from 35 yards.

The 34-year-old can count Read­ing,Wat­ford and Crys­tal Palace among his for­mer clubs and ad­mits it is now time to show the form he pro­duced so con­sis­tently in the Cham­pi­onship and save Hen­don’s job.

“The fans haven’t re­ally seen the best of me,” he ad­mit­ted. “Last year was dis­ap­point­ing for me and ev­ery­one else. We just couldn’t get a run of re­sults go­ing and that was the same story with my form. I couldn’t find any con­sis­tency.

“Hope­fully now I’m back in the team I can keep my head down and try and carry on scor­ing.

“It’s great to be back in­volved. You only build match fit­ness from play­ing games and that’s some­thing that will come back. I’ll be bet­ter for that in the se­cond half of the sea­son.

“The man­ager is al­ways go­ing to be the first to get stick, but that’s un­fair. He’s had to put a whole new squad to­gether.

“We wanted to be in the top three at the start of the sea­son and that is still very much the aim.We just need to turn a few of th­ese draws into wins.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

ON THE MONEY: Joe Jacobson nets Wy­combe’s penalty equaliser to earn what boss Gareth Ainsworth hopes will be a lu­cra­tive re­play at Villa Park

HON­EST: Jobi McAnuff

STAR MAN AARON PIERRE Wy­combe

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