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REACTION: Palmer - 'Grimsby made it hard for us'

22 August 2016

Striker happy to net his first goal of the season in win over the Mariners

Goalscorer Ollie Palmer admitted the O’s were made to work hard for all three points at Grimsby at the weekend after emerging as 2-1 victors at Blundelll Park.

Palmer netted after Liam Kelly had given the O’s the lead in the second half, before the Mariners netted a late consolation through Dominic Vose’s deflected effort. 

Despite the O’s having to bide their time for chances, the striker admitted it was about remaining patient, and then making the most of the opportunities that would come their way.

“It was nearly a perfect result – it’s disappointing to concede towards the end but it has taken a deflection and there is nothing you can really do about that,” Palmer told leytonorient.com.

“It is an important win at a place that is difficult to come to. They made it difficult for us but we were patient and managed to get the first goal.

“Liam Kelly did well to latch on to a slight mistake by their goalkeeper and that gave us something to build on. Importantly we got the second goal as well and managed to pick up the win.”

Palmer came off the bench to net his first goal of the new campaign, and while disappointed to not be starting, the 24-year-old is eager to prove his worth to manager Andy Hessenthaler.

“It is a strong squad here and that enables the gaffer to rotate. I thought I had been playing well when starting, but having failed to get any goals he has decided to rotate it.  

“Hopefully I can find myself starting again, and carry on scoring against another old club this weekend.”

He added: “The gaffer has said he wants to see me scoring and hopefully I have started that now. I know he has been happy with how I have been playing and hopefully now I have given him some food for thought in terms of getting me back into the starting line-up, which is where I want to be.”

It proved to be a happy return for Palmer, having spent a successful spell on loan at Blundell Park in 2015, where he netted seven goals in 16 games as the Mariners missed out on promotion at the then Conference Play-Off Final.

“The crowd at Blundell Park were brilliant for me,” he remarked. “They were very supportive of me when I was here and they turned a bad patch around for me really when I came on loan. I enjoyed myself and picked my football up. 

“Some of the fans were not too happy that I celebrated the goal, but that’s just my personality. I play with my emotions and when I score I am ecstatic and cannot control them so I didn’t mean any disrespect by celebrating. It is important for me to score goals and I was delighted to do that.

The striker also praised the O’s 347-strong travelling support, saying: “Our fans were fantastic, they have come a long way. It is a long trip, but it is important for us to have that support and I know all the boys appreciate it.”



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