Yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Category Two side Queens Park Ranger was described as a “worthwhile experience”, according to under-18s manager Brian Saah.
With a break in the EFL Youth Alliance fixture schedule, Saah took yesterday’s draw as an opportunity to experiment with our 22-man squad. Except for Sean Campbell and Will Sanders, who is still recovering from their injuries, every player managed to get at least 45 minutes under their belt.
“We don’t really get the opportunity to experiment in our league games,” Saah reflected. “So, we wanted to take this opportunity to explore different formations and different personnel.”
Just prior to the half-time break, Saah’s side conceded through an unfortunate own goal but the game really sprung into life for the O’s in the second half.
Jayden Young led the line for the O’s and caused a heap of defensive issues for the QPR defence and Daniel Nkrumah was deployed in the classic number ten role, as he provided an attacking threat in a slightly deeper position.
Nkrumah was rewarded for his hard work in the 56th minute, as he found Leyton Orient’s leveller in the fixture. Although Saah was thrilled with Nkrumah’s performance, he noted the impact of the entire attacking line.
“I think the front four, including the wingers, did really well when they came on today. They made a big difference and it was good for Dan (Nkrumah) to get a goal to help with his confidence.”
The O’s will look to return to EFL Youth Alliance action next Saturday, as they welcome Luton Town’s youth side to east London.