“Macca [Bonne] flicked it on to me, it sat up nicely and I heard Macca shout ‘Shoot!’ but it was already in my mind. I just caught it nicely and I didn’t even feel it come off my boot but I looked up and luckily it was in.”
It was a modest description of the one of the best goals of the season, a 30-yard dipping half-volley to put the O’s ahead in tough conditions but it is quality that is becoming quickly apparent in the early stages of Jordan Maguire-Drew’s O’s career.
The O’s shifted to a 3-5-2 formation that saw the 21-year-old line up just behind the strikers and it was a position the former-Brighton man seemed to relish, “At Brighton I used to play as a number 10 all the time, I enjoy it, as long as I’m playing I’m happy and I hope I can just continue to make positive impacts when I come on or when I’m starting.”
“I want to keep this spot and we want to start a winning run now and hopefully we can take that into Tuesday against Barrow and go from there”
It is a good run of form for Maguire-Drew as he came on last week against Brackley Town and changed the game, winning a penalty and assisting Dan Happe’s winner, earning a deserved start this weekend as he looks to get his O’s career into full flow.
“When I came into the Club, the last game I started was October 30 for Wrexham against Hartlepool United so I had two months of not really playing, so I am just starting to find my feet and show the fans what I can do and I’m hoping I can carry that on now!”
The response of the fans will have sent confidence running through the young midfielder, with new chants to the tune of Birdbox’s ‘Gorgeous’ and DJ Otzi’s ‘Hey Baby (Uhh, Ahh)’ being heard in the stands, and Maguire-Drew was delighted to hear his name being sung.
“I can hear my name and it’s brilliant, I’m glad I can reward them. They really are our 12th man, they don’t realise the impact they do have on us; when the game goes a bit flat and they sing and chant, it gives us an extra five, ten percent”
Havant and Waterlooville equalised in the second half and Maguire-Drew almost regained the lead immediately with a 20-yard effort that crashed off the crossbar before Josh Coulson secured the points with a header from the resulting throw.
The O’s number 10 was pleased with the character the side showed, stating: “The pitch was very uneven but that’s the same for both teams. At times we do have to scrap, we do have to fight because it’s not always going to be pretty football so we just wanted three points and get back on the road on Tuesday and do the same”
“Credit to Havant & Waterlooville, they made it very tough for us today and I’m just happy we got all three points”
Saturday’s win make it two wins on the trot for the O’s and with the games coming quick and fast, Maguire-Drew recognised how important the momentum is for the E10 side, “It is brilliant because when games come thick and fast and we’re notching up the wins, it becomes a habit and that’s what we want.
“We have a lot of games in a short space of time so if we can keep that winning mentality and keep being positive with eachother and getting positive otucomes, everyone is going to be happy”