ORIENT ARE YET TO SEE THE BEST OF JOBI
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.”
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