Man of the moment Gavin Massey was pleased to repay the loyal Orient fanbase following the O’s dramatic 3-2 victory at Plymouth Argyle last night.
The summer signing from Colchester United has quickly become the linchpin of manager Danny Webb’s side, with the 24-year-old notching twice at Home Park before Sandro Semedo’s strike deep into stoppage time sent the O’s wild in Devon.
“Words can’t really explain the feeling at the end of the game,” Massey told leytonorient.com.
“We had so many chances throughout the game and to see Sandro’s goal go in so late was amazing. It’s hard to explain what it actually feels like because even though it is only three points it feels like a massive weight off our shoulders.
“I think the fans have been class all season despite a rotten period results wise of late. We know what has happened and as players we have got to deal with that, and to see so many fans make the journey down to Plymouth on a Tuesday night shows there is belief in the club.
“Tonight’s win is definitely for the fans because they have been through thick and thin, and it is was great to give them something back.”
Massey – who partnered Sam Dalby in attack rather than occupying his usual spot on the right wing – continued his brilliant form of late with a superb solo strike two minutes before half time, before crashing home in the 88th minute to make the score 2-2, and admits he is making the most of his experience in a young side.
“I played in a different role which I am also buzzing about but to get the three points is massive and the winning feeling it gives the boys on the coach ahead of a long journey back is the most important thing,” Massey explained.
“In the real world I would probably class myself as a youngster but to be playing in a side including so many youngsters and helping them through games like tonight is a good feeling which makes me proud. I still have the likes of Hunty and Mickey Collins who are experienced heads pushing me even further as well.
“We had created a couple of half chances during the first half but with half time approaching it was something I just thought was worth taking on myself and thankfully I got rewarded for it.
“During the second half we had a few crosses where I was on the edge of the area hoping for things to fall for me but frustratingly that wasn’t the case.
“With the game reaching the end I thought I would peel off towards the back post and because they were marking zonally nobody was picking me up. As soon as the cross came in I could see (Sam) Dalby stretching for it and as soon as it flicked off his head I thought it was Yeovil all over again. To hit it cleanly and put it in like that was relief more than anything and I am buzzing to have been able to contribute to the team.”
Understandably pleased with his contribution, the forward was keen to stress that it was a team performance however and that the mood has changed in the camp since Webb has taken over as manager.
“I think that from the first minute to the last we were different class. To get the two goals and then have Sandro score the winner so late on is something that the club needed,” he added.
“Going into the game not many thought that was going to happen but something has changed here and it feels really good.
“The position we find ourselves in at the minute means that coming into games like this we don’t really have anything to lose. The Gaffer has come in and told us that, which has brought a real freshness around the place and I think his attitude towards it all is second to none which is building confidence in all of the players.
“I remember in his first meeting he came into the room and the boys were probably unsure with regards to what was going to happen because we had seen it all before, but after that everyone was buzzing in the changing room and up for the challenge.
“Every game we have played since he has taken over could have resulted in a win. I feel we should have 12 points to show for our efforts because we have dominated them all and to only have four points is somewhat disappointing.
“Everyone is good, everyone is happy, but we are all looking to keep on building because as the Gaffer said in the dressing room, as good as this feels it is only one tiny, little stepping stone and we have got to go again on Saturday.”