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PREVIEW: Hendon - 'We need to be clinical'

16 October 2015

O’s Head Coach Ian Hendon knows there will have to be an improvement in both boxes if they are to come away with victory tomorrow against Oxford United.

Orient slipped to a 3-2 loss at Crawley Town last weekend, and while pleased with how the week has gone on the training ground since that defeat, Hendon admits there is plenty of room for improvement.

“The results haven’t been there but I think the performances have still been good on the whole,” Hendon told leytonorient.com.

“We keep creating lots of chances in games. We look at both ends of the pitch and last weekend conceded soft goals. We can’t give teams three goals in games and expect to win. They didn’t really have to work that hard to break us down and that is something that must stop. Although we are creating lots of chances, we need to be clinical and finish teams off. 

“Goals are needed throughout the team and we need other players chipping in. Sammy has got a couple from midfield which is great and Coxy has a couple of free-kicks and the one at Newport so he has added a few. 

“Sometimes after a defeat there are one or two that have got a little niggle and feel sorry for themselves, but fair play to the boys this week they were all on the training ground fit and available on Monday. We had our usual post-match debrief on Monday and when it goes right we look at what we did well and when it goes wrong we have a look at the mistakes we have made. 

The O’s will be boosted by the return of skipper Mathieu Baudry for the U’s visit to E10, though will be without fellow defender Alan Dunne who serves a one-match suspension for this red card picked up in the defeat in West Sussex.

And the Orient Head Coach is wary of Michael Appleton’s side, who come into the game on the back of three successive league wins.

“Mathieu looks like he is ok, it is always a bonus to have your captain back in the team," he added.

“Oxford are a good side, they are well organised and play 4-4-2. They have been very good at it, so we are in for yet another tough game, but we are at home and we have a good record here so we're looking forward to tomorrow.”

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