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PREVIEW: Hessenthaler hoping O's can find their goalscoring touch

16 August 2016

O's boss previews tonight's encounter with Stevenage

Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler knows his side have to find their goalscoring touch as they host Stevenage tonight.

The O’s lost out 1-0 to Newport County AFC on Saturday, despite creating a number of opportunities and Hessenthaler is fully aware they have to sharpen up in front of goal.

“We are all disappointed with the result on Saturday, but hopefully with this game coming around so quickly we can put that to one side and get a decent, positive result tonight.

“If you look and analyse the game at the weekend we created a lot of chances and apart from the goal I don’t think they tested Alex at all and unfortunately we conceded from a sloppy set play. 

“At the other end we did not take our opportunities. We had 18 attempts and only two on target so that tells you the story.

“I would be more worried if we were not creating chances, but we did and we will hopefully continue to do so. There were more positives than negatives, but the big negative was that we didn’t get the result. 

“We have got to keep working together and hopefully that will start to come. We have played two games and we are not going to get too carried away. Not one team has won both their opening games so that just shows it is going to be a tight league this season.”

Stevenage arrive in E10 on the back of a 1-1 draw at Notts County to pick up their first point of the season after an opening-day defeat to Crewe Alexandra.

There’s a familiar face in the Stevenage ranks after former Orient midfielder Jobi McAnuff made the move to Broadhall Way in the summer, and Hessenthaler knows the threat both he and the rest of Darren Sarll’s side will pose.

“Obviously we know Jobi very well and I know Charlie Lee from my time with Gillingham. Those two are excellent footballers and professionals,” he added.

“They are a decent side and we have had our homework done on them. We can see that they want to pass the ball and have experience in the team with the likes of Michael Tonge as well and they have got good legs all over the pitch. It should be a proper football match tonight and a tough one.”
Going into tonight’s game the O’s have injury concerns with strikers Jordan Bowery and Paul McCallum. Both featured last weekend, but are still struggling with knee injuries.

“We are waiting on Jordan Bowery who is still struggling a little bit with his knee despite coming on at the weekend, so he is a slight concern and Paul McCallum has a bit of soreness around his knee where he had the operation so again we are waiting on Paul,” he remarked.

“We may have to manage him as he’s been out a long time and we might be one we have to be careful on, but those are the only two real concerns for tonight.”


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