PER­FECT START FOR BOSS KEV

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ed Lang­ford

KEVIN Nolan was known for his goal-scor­ing ex­ploits as a player but the new Ley­ton Ori­ent boss sug­gested de­fence was the way for­ward for his new side af­ter col­lect­ing a dream win in his first game as man­ager.

Se­cond-half goals from Jay Simp­son and Calaum Jahraldo sealed a com­fort­able win at Adams Park as Ori­ent in­flicted a third con­sec­u­tive league de­feat on Wy­combe.

Nolan, who has been train­ing with the east Lon­don side for three months, was ap­pointed only on Thurs­day but his im­me­di­ate im­pact saw Ori­ent se­cure their first clean sheet in the league since Oc­to­ber

“We’ve worked re­ally hard with the team over the last two days and it’s all come to fruition,” said Nolan.

“When I got them in at half-time I re­minded them of the qual­ity they’ve got and I think you can see that in how they came out in the se­cond half. They kept Wy­combe pressed in their half for a good five-minute spell and that set the tone for the rest of the game.

“We hadn’t had a clean sheet for more than two months so had to score more than once to win a game.

“When you’ve got a player like Jay Simp­son in your team you should be in the top seven in this league.

“He only needs one chance as you’ve seen out there so if we can keep games tight at the back then we’re away.”

Nolan, who was a lively fig­ure on the touch­line through­out, would have seen bet­ter first halves of foot­ball as nei­ther side reg­is­tered an ef­fort on tar­get in the open­ing 45 min­utes.

Ol­lie Palmer headed wide from Jobi McAnuff’s free-kick just af­ter the half-hour mark be­fore Jahraldo fired over from 15 yards.

But the for­mer West Ham and New­cas­tle man didn’t have to wait long af­ter the break to cel­e­brate his first goal as Simp­son con­verted his 21st of the seaon from close range af­ter col­lect­ing Mathieu Baudry’s header in­side the area.

Jahraldo then wrapped up the points late on as Simp­son turned provider on the break, slip­ping in the winger to slide past the on­rush­ing Alex Lynch.

Wy­combe are still yet to score in the league this year and Gareth Ainsworth knows he needs his side’s for­tunes to im­prove at both ends of the pitch if they’re to main­tain a play-off push that they built in fine style at the start of the sea­son.

“They’ve had two shots on goal the whole game and both gone in so that’s not on,” said Ainsworth.

“To con­cede the first like that was a re­ally poor one to give away and you can’t let a player like Jay Simp­son have two touches in the box like that.

“The spark wasn’t there go­ing for­ward which is not like us and as a team need to start cre­at­ing and scor­ing more goals.

“We’ve got some tough games com­ing up so need to get back to our early sea­son form of de­fend­ing bet­ter as a group.

“There wasn't much in the game at all but two shots on goal in the whole game and they’ve both gone in and that’s poor.”

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