Ori­ent wield the axe on Hen­don

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ge­orge Thorpe

PAUL TIS­DALE said Ex­eter’s first League vic­tory since Novem­ber 24 was the per­fect boost ahead of their up­com­ing FA Cup re­play against Liverpool.

Ori­ent, who sacked man­ager Ian Hen­don last night af­ter a run of one win in ten games, took the lead in the first minute via Ol­lie Palmer.

But a hor­ren­dous 17 min­utes for the hosts saw for­mer O’s loan sign­ing Jay­den Stock­ley score two and Tom Ni­chols one.

Ori­ent could have earned a point late on, but Jay Simp­son missed two penal­ties in the last ten min­utes.

Look­ing ahead to Wed­nes­day’s lu­cra­tive tie,Tis­dale said:“Some of the guys have bags of ice with them in the chang­ing room, but no more than usual.

“Chris­tian Ribeiro has come through his first full 90 min­utes for quite a while so well done to him, and guys like Lee Holmes, David Noble and Danny But­ter­field have all put a good shift in af­ter not play­ing much foot­ball, so that gives us an edge for Wed­nes­day.

“We have four points from this week’s trav­els and that will do us no harm and we have noth­ing to lose, so we can en­joy the day.”

With just 28 sec­onds gone, Ori­ent went ahead as Jobi McAnuff dinked the ball to Palmer, who chested the ball in from two yards out.

Ori­ent were cruis­ing, but City crept back slowly into pro­ceed­ings and just be­fore the quar­ter hour, a Ribeiro cross from the right was met at the back post by Stock­ley to head into the net.

The home de­fence were all at sea and with 23 min­utes gone, Ori­ent al­lowed Alex Ni­cholls to get a shot in the area which was blocked, only for the ball to fall to Ni­chols, who slot­ted in.

Pro­ceed­ings turned into a disas­ter for Ori­ent in the 31st minute when Stock­ley beat the off­side trap to vol­ley home But­ter­field’s cross.

Ori­ent looked more in­vig­o­rated af­ter the break and won penal­ties in the 80th and 84th min­utes, but Simp­son saw the first kick hit the post and the se­cond saved by Bobby Ole­jnik.

Hen­don, set to be re­placed by Andy Hessen­thaler, said: “We keep work­ing on stuff day in and day out on the train­ing pitch and we are do­ing the right stuff. But the play­ers some­times have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity, it’s as sim­ple as that.

“At the other end, we had op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half, but it was end-to-end and we had our chances but we didn’t take them.

“I’m not go­ing to blame Jay Simp­son at all. He’s done great all sea­son and he’s go­ing to have days like that.

“He had the bot­tle to take the se­cond af­ter miss­ing the first.”

STAR MAN TOM NI­CHOLS

Ex­eter

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