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REACTION: Bowery - 'It's a weight off my shoulders'

5 September 2016

Striker delighted to open O's account

Leyton Orient striker Jordan Bowery was full of praise for his teammates following the O’s 2-1 victory at Morecambe on Saturday.

Bowery, who opened his Orient account with the winning goal, felt Andy Hessenthaler’s side coped well in difficult weather conditions and dug deep to get a deserved victory.

“I thought as a team we were fantastic from the front to the back,” said Bowery when speaking to leytonorient.com.

“We defended brilliantly and other than their goal Morecambe never really looked like scoring and it was a well-deserved win.

“Conditions were really tough out there but I felt we performed brilliantly, especially the back four. They won all their headers, got their foot in when they needed to and were excellent throughout.”

Liam Kelly had given Orient a first half lead with his third goal in as many league games, but the O’s were pegged back four minutes after the interval when Kevin Ellison struck a 49th minute equaliser for Morecambe.

Despite conceding, the visitors responded brilliantly with Bowery notching what turned out to be the winner on the 55th minute with a strike from just inside the area.

“It’s always a bit of a downer conceding how we did and so early into the second half, but I felt we bounced back terrifically to edge back in front. For me to get the goal as well is a big weight off my shoulders.

“The shot took a bit of a deflection but now that I have scored my first goal it is something I am looking to push on with and hopefully they will keep on coming thick and fast,” he added.

For the trip to the Globe Arena, Bowery once again was paired with Paul McCallum in attack, and the former Oxford man feels the pair are striking up a strong partnership.

“We both do very different jobs as strikers but both know what each other’s strengths are and work that to our advantage. I enjoy playing alongside Paul and I feel we are building a good partnership together already.”

Bowery’s second-half strike ensured that the O’s maintained their unbeaten away record this season, and the striker was keen to thank the support of the 257 strong travelling fans.

“To have over 250 supporters come and make the journey was unbelievable. We got the train up and that was long enough, but for the fans to be driving up and turning out in their numbers is fantastic. Fair play to them, the team really appreciate their support.”

With the O’s now set for another long trip next weekend for their game at Carlisle, the 25-year-old is looking to add to his tally at Brunton Park on Saturday with the slight knee injury sustained at the start of the season now behind him.

“I’ve been at the club a few months now and I am enjoying being here. I had a bit of a niggle with my knee at the start of the season but that has cleared up now, I am fit and hopefully can keep my place in the side for the game at Carlisle next Saturday and get a few more goals.”

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