Leyton Orient loan defender Jerome Binnom-Williams is pleased the hard work on the traning ground is paying off as they picked up their sixth clean sheet in 10 games since player-manager Kevin Nolan arrived in E10 in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Oxford United.
Binnom-Williams, signed on January transfer deadline day on loan from Crystal Palace has played his part, with three of those coming in the 20-year-old’s five games with the O’s.
The defender was pleased with the manner in which the clean sheet came about, as Orient had to dig in at times at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.
“It is always good to get a clean sheet, especially away from home,” the loan defender told leytonorient.com.
“We worked hard in training this week and we worked well as a defensive unit. The Gaffer was making it clear that he wanted another clean sheet and it was great to do that against a team second in the league.
“The last 10 minutes for us was tough and we were down to 10 men as well for a short period as well. They were putting a load of balls into the box, but we dealt with it and came away with a clean sheet.
“We lost to a scrappy goal against Luton but we have been working well on the whole as a back four. We bounced back from last week and we all put our bodies on the line and made sure we kept a clean sheet. We are getting to know each other well and that is good.”
Binnom-Williams has been with the Club for six weeks now and steadily feels he is getting his match sharpness back, having returned to U21 football with Palace following a loan spell in League One with Burton Albion.
“I am settling in well and the boys are really good and I am getting back to that Football League fitness,” he added. “I feel stronger as the weeks go by.”
He has been joined by a Palace team-mate in the shape of goalkeeper David Gregory and he believes the O’s have managed to acquire an able deputy to number one Alex Cisak.
“David is a good goalkeeper and we don’t want Alex to get injured, but if he does we have a good keeper in David to call upon,” he added.
The Club are yet to decide whether they will appeal Mathieu Baudry’s late red card against the U’s and even if the skipper does serve a ban, Binnom-Williams is confident whoever comes in can more than fill the void left by the Frenchman.
“All the defenders work together at training and we all switch around and make sure we are comfortable with each other,” he said.
“Whoever fills in for ‘Frenchy’ if he gets the ban, we will feel comfortable that we can keep another clean sheet.”
The O’s remain unbeaten on the road since player-manager Kevin Nolan was appointed, and the defender knows it is imperative they start reproducing their away form back in front of the Matchroom Stadium crowd.
“The home form hasn’t been that good but hopefully we can build on the performance at Oxford2and show our fans we can perform well both home and away,” he remarked.
“We loved the support at Oxford and it was great to go and celebrate the goal with the fans as well as after the game. If we keep picking up results then they will continue to back us all the way.”