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PREVIEW: HENDON - 'Confidence is high'

18 August 2015

O's Head Coach looks ahead to tonight's encounter against Teddy Sheringham's side

The games are coming up thick and fast but O’s Head Coach Ian Hendon admits confidence is high as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the League Two season when they host Stevenage tonight.

Hendon will lock horns with Teddy Sheringham, with the pair both leaving West Ham United in the summer to take up managerial opportunities in League Two.

And the O’s Head Coach is eager to keep their good run going tonight.

“It will be our fourth game in a short space of time and it is asking a lot of the players, but the confidence is high and the players who have got their shirts at the moment are keen to keep them,” Hendon told leytonorient.com.

“That is certainly something we have noticed and some of the players who had have little niggles have been hard to keep off the training ground because they want to continue to impress.

“We are in a good place at the moment, but we are only two games in and there is plenty of hard work to do.”

Stevenage come into the game having picked up their first point of the season after scoring late on to draw 2-2 at Newport County, where the O’s head to on Saturday.

And while wary of Sheringham’s side, Hendon is after more of the same from his charges.

“Stevenage will present a different problem to what we have faced so far, but if we play how we have been over the past few weeks then I am confident we will get a positive result,” he added.

“Teddy’s team will be a good footballing side, but they have big lads as well so they are going to be dangerous at set plays.

“We have had them watched like anyone and we know their strengths and weakenesses and it is about negating their strengths and exposing their weaknesses.”

Injury wise, skipper Matthieu Baudry is likely to be fit to face Boro despite coming off late on in the 3-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge with an ankle injury, but other than that, the O’s have a fully fit squad for the fixture.


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