O’s interim manager Andy Edwards and first-team coach reserved special praise for the supporters last night following the 2-0 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle.
The O’s produced a monumental display having been reduced to nine men following the dismissal of Robbie Weir and Jens Janse, and only a late effort from Plymouth substitute Ryan Donaldson sealed victory for the visitors.
Edwards told leytonorient.com: “The fans were behind us all the way. The response from the players and the fans was uplifting and encouraging and I cannot praise them enough.
“The fans were superb. I spoke with the players in the dressing room straight after the game and said when supporters see that level of effort and commitment they will back you.”
First-team coach Webb added: “Credit must go the fans for giving the players that encouragement, and in return they responded and gave them some satisfaction from the evening.
“People may be forgiven for thinking the players would crumble when down to nine men, but that work ethic from the players is what supporters want to see. The nine that finished the game showed that in abundance.
“They deserved the round of applause they received, but I want the supporters to know the massive part they played. Realistically with nine men it is difficult to win the game, but we saw plenty of positives and we have to take them into Saturday’s game at Barnet.
“As a club – the players, the fans and everyone involved did themselves proud last night and having been with the players and Andy after the game last night I know they all appreciated the support.”