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PREVIEW: Hendon looks ahead to Plymouth Argyle test

24 November 2015

Orient Head Coach Ian Hendon is keen for his side to build on Saturday’s improved showing when they take on league leaders Plymouth Argyle.

The O’s came away with a 3-2 win against York on Saturday and Hendon is eager to string together successive victories and maintain their spot in the top seven.

“It was a good performance on Saturday, especially in the first half. With their first shot on our goal in first half injury time it goes in and you think ‘here we go again’,” Hendon told leytonorient.com.

“But we started well in the second half and got the third. They scored late on and had a little bit of pressure in the end but credit to the boys the performance warranted a win and it was well deserved.

“It is tight in and around the play-off area and we have got to try and keep putting the points on the board and sticking in and around it.

“Hopefully we will get back on a run, get a few back to back wins and that will push us right up the table.”

Tomorrow’s hosts go into the game in top spot having picked up 38 points from their 18 games, but suffered defeat last time out when losing 2-1 to local rivals Exeter City at the weekend.

And while wary of the threats they will pose, is confidence his side can be more than a match for the Pilgrims.

“We are going to the league leaders and we saw them play last week at York and they are a very good side,” he added.

“They are well organised and they have attacking threats as you would imagine so it isn’t going to be an easy game but if we are right and work hard like we did on Saturday we know we are going to create chances so we are looking forward to it.

“It was a big hit for them on Saturday, however, they have had quite a cushion at the top. They are beatable and we are going to try our utmost to try and get three points.”

Skipper Mathieu Baudry went off with a groin/hip injury on Saturday, and will undergo a late fitness test to determine whether he is available for selection.

Young QPR loanee Cole Kpekawa was his first half replacement against the Minstermen, and Hendon was pleased with his showing alongside fellow new signing Jean-Yves M’Voto.

“It was the first time Cole and Jean had played together as a pairing and I thought they did well,” he remarked.

“For a young lad Cole handled the occasion, especially having come off the bench so early. I thought he looked solid there alongside Jean.”


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