Orient wield the axe on Hendon
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