While striker Jay Simpson is delighted to have reached the 20-goal milestone, the 27-year-old is targeting plenty more between now and the end of the season.
He became only the 11th Orient player to reach the 20 League goal landmark with a brace in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stevenage, and while disappointed his goals didn’t result in a win, he hopes to continue his great run of form for the O’s.
“It is always nice to score but at the same time you want to be winning games,” Simpson told leytonorient.com. “When we beat Portsmouth it was a great feeling and everyone was buzzing and although we nicked a draw against Stevenage we are still disappointed we didn’t get the three points.”
“Reaching the landmark is a nice accolade to have and I am delighted to get to 20 goals. There’s still a long way to go in the season and hopefully there will be a lot more to come.”
It is Simpson’s best goalscoring return in his career to date, and he puts that down to an enjoyable working environment created by the O’s coaching and management staff.
“Gaffer, Hess (Assistant Manager Andy Hessenthaler) and Nuge (Coach Kevin Nugent) have made a really enjoyable environment to come in to,” he added. “Everyday I love coming into training and it is like being a kid again.
“You get to come in and you enjoy the sessions – they put on a lot of finishing sessions for the forwards. They let me go out on the pitch and play with freedom which I appreciate so it is nice to be able to score the goals and return that favour.”
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