Main club partners Samsung played their part in Orient’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over Coventry City on Tuesday evening.
The O’s progressed 4-2 on penalties thanks in part to a fine penalty save by Jamie Jones. The keeper had done his homework having been briefed on the Coventry penalty takers using the latest Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone.
Samsung recently gave the club a number of the handsets to aid with performance analysis and as the full-time whistle blew on Tuesday, the O’s Performance Analyst Matt Hunter, brought one of them down to the dugout where Kevin Dearden the goalkeeping coach was able to show Jones video clips of the Sky Blues penalty takers.
“We were lucky to have them there,” said Jones. “We always do our homework on penalty takers and with the Samsung handsets I was able to take in all that information again to get it clear in my head which helped me go the right way for three of the four penalties.”
The O’s buried all four of their penalties and goalkeeping coach Dearden, believes the technology has taken the club forwards.
“We do a lot of work on monitoring penalty takers and I keep them in a file but now with the Samsung Note we are able to catalogue videos of those penalties as well and keep them close by so we can access that information quickly when we need it,” said Dearden.