Club Captain and First Team Coach Jobi McAnuff sat down with O’s Show host Oliver Buck to discuss last week’s 3-1 defeat to Swindon and discuss the trip to Exeter this weekend.
McAnuff was disappointed with the O’s performance, particularly in the first-half, but gave credit to Swindon.
‘’First and foremost, from our point of view, we were very disappointed in our own performance. We knew what Swindon are about, in terms of what they bring to the party and how they play. They’re a good team and I feel they will be there or there about this year.’’
McAnuff insists that the O’s were not up to their usual standard against The Robins, making it easy for the visitors to capitalise.
‘’We always look at ourselves first. Whoever we play against, our standards have been a lot higher than that at different times this season. For me that was the first real big drop in terms of the performance levels. We were very disappointed as staff and a group of players. They capitalised on it, fair play to them. But as I say we were nowhere near it in pretty much every department.’’
Having fell 3-0 down at the break, a change of formation prompted a much better showing in the second-half, with Jordan Maguire-Drew netting a consolation in the 74th minute.
‘’We just wanted a response. We wanted to get a lot closer to them, we didn’t land a glove on them in the first half. From our point of view it would have been very difficult, 3-0 down, to get something back from the game. By getting that first goal and giving us something to go after; just giving ourselves something to take out of it, because it was bitterly disappointing (the first-half.) I think the lads showed a great deal of character in difficult circumstances.’’
Substitute Louis Dennis twice went close, whilst Conor Wilkinson’s deflected effort smashed the post, as Ross Embleton’s side looked to get further up the pitch in the final 45 minutes.
‘’There was some good football as well, much more on the front foot. We made a little adjustment and got the boys higher up the pitch. We felt we were too deep in the first half. In the face of a desperately poor first half, I thought we were good in the second half.’’
The fixtures have come thick and fast in the past month, but the O’s have enjoyed having a full week to recover and prepare for the trip to Exeter this Saturday.
‘’We’ve made a point of really using the week to try and nail down some things we needed to work on, not just as a result of Saturday but general principles and things we want to do in terms of how we play.’’
So it’s been a real good week. The boys have been good, we went through the video, had a chat about our standards and things we need to do better. So it’s been a positive week off the back of a negative result on Saturday.’’
Ahead of a 188 mile trip to Exeter, Jobi relishes the opportunity to put an end to the Grecians’ good early form.
‘’It’s probably a good game for us. We know we’ve got to go there and be at it, we can’t go there like we showed on Saturday. Against particularly the better teams, if you’re not quite right you will get punished.
For me it’s a good game off the back of that. One we can really go and look forward to and enjoy. They’ve started off really well and it’s about us going up there and upsetting their form.’’
Since the start of the new season, McAnuff has taken on board the responsibility of Interim Player/ Coach, as well as his playing duties. Injury has kept the midfielder off the pitch, but the 37-year-old is enjoying his new role.
‘’It’s good! It’s a bit of a juggling act at times. Obviously I’m trying to get back from the injury and doing my rehab for that. I’m making sure I’m around and out on the training ground supporting Ross (Embleton) and Webby (Danny Webb).
I’m looking forward to getting my teeth in to a bit more as we move forward. From my point of view I’m very fortunate to be in this position. I’m just trying to make the most of it and add what I can to the coaches.’’