Hess says sorry for slump by Ori­ent

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

ORI­ENT man­ager Andy Hessen­thaler apol­o­gised to the club’s fans af­ter their poor home record con­tin­ued with de­feat against Yeovil.

O’s fans called for owner Francesco Bec­chetti to quit at the fi­nal whis­tle, blam­ing him for the team’s poor per­for­mance and still bit­ter at the de­ci­sion to re­lease winger Dean Cox from his con­tract.

Yeovil ended a five-game los­ing streak thanks to Tom Eaves’ sec­ond-half header, mov­ing out of the League Two rel­e­ga­tion zone in the process. And Hessen­thaler ad­mit­ted his team were be­low-par while also un­der­stand­ing the frus­tra­tion of the home fans.

He said: “We weren’t good enough and we know that. All over the pitch the play­ers didn’t per­form as we know they can.

“We’ve got a good group of play­ers but it isn’t hap­pen­ing for us at home at the mo­ment.

“Whether they are ner­vous in front of the home fans, I don’t know.

“The play­ers aren’t silly, they know they didn’t play well and I didn’t have to say very much to them in the dress­ing room. We’re all dis­ap­pointed.

“I’m used to the sup­port­ers hav­ing their say be­cause we had it last year but I un­der­stand be­cause it wasn’t good enough.

“They were right to crit­i­cise. We had a bad day and we were sec­ond best. We want the fans to have suc­cess and we need them to stick with us.”

Yeovil moved above Ex­eter and New­port in the League Two ta­ble and man­ager Dar­ren Way was de­lighted with his side’s dis­play.

He said: “The per­for­mance was amaz­ing. I told the lads to stay cool and calm and I was very pleased with the re­sponse I got.

“Ev­ery player stood strong and we de­served to win. We’ve all been work­ing very hard and showed the right at­ti­tude.

“Tom de­served his goal be­cause it’s the best per­for­mance I’ve seen from him and his hard work is pay­ing off.

“Ori­ent had pres­sure at the end of the game but I al­ways felt con­fi­dent that we would see the game out and to come here and win is a great achieve­ment.”

Af­ter an even first half Yeovil took con­trol af­ter the break and got their re­ward in the 76th minute.

A short cor­ner rou­tine saw Matt Butcher cross the ball in for Eaves to head past Alex Cisak in the Ori­ent goal via the un­der­side of the cross­bar.

And the Glovers held on for just their sec­ond win of the sea­son, with late blocks deny­ing both Jay Simp­son and Paul McCallum.

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