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REACTION: McAnuff - 'We were good value for the victory'

14 March 2016

Midfielder reacts to Saturday's win at the Kassam Stadium

Orient matchwinner Jobi McAnuff believed they were good value for their victory at Oxford United on Saturday.

McAnuff netted his third of the season in the second half to seal a big three points for the O’s, and maintains their unbeaten record on the road under player-manager Kevin Nolan.

The 34-year-old believed they stuck to the game plan perfectly and were thankfully able to reap the rewards as they moved back into the Play-Off places as a result of the win.

“It was a great performance from everybody. We knew it was going to be a tough game but we had a good game plan and stuck to it,” he told leytonorient.com.

“There wasn’t much in the first half as we wanted to restrict them to very few chances and in the second half I thought we were good value for it.

“We could have scored another one or two to make it a little bit more comfortable and towards the end we did come under a bit more pressure, but we saw it out really well and overall it is a fantastic away win.”

At times the hosts had plenty of possession, but rarely forced goalkeeper Alex Cisak into action, and while aware of a few precarious moments for the O’s, the experience midfielder was pleased they were able to weather the storm.

“You are going to get spells in games coming away to these and how well they have done this year and you expect to be under pressure for periods of the game but I thought we weathered whatever they threw at us,” he added.

“We got away with a couple of bits and bobs which you need to do to win games but I thought we earnt that with how well we played, defended and were organised.”

The win moved Orient back into the Play-Off places with 10 games remaining, the first of which see them host Morecambe at the Matchroom Stadium on Saturday.

And while pleased with the away showings under Nolan, McAnuff is fully aware of the improvement needed at home heading into the closing stages of the campaign.

“It is something we need to get our finger on because away from home the performances and results have been good and we need to make sure we get our home form sorted,” he remarked.

“If we can do that we will be very formidable. We are in decent form anyway but we need to start picking up results at home. They are different types of game.

“In the Luton one they came and sat in nicked a goal and then it is hard to break down when they have got 11 men behind the ball but we need to do more than we did to create chances. It’s something we are looking at for sure.”

To view the highlights from the win click here, while also hear from player-manager Kevin Nolan on the victory.


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