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REACTION: Koroma – ‘Hopefully we can build on this’

6 March 2017

Forward keen to start winning run following hat-trick heroics

Orient’s Josh Koroma described Saturday’s 4-0 victory at Newport County as one of the best feelings he has experienced after notching his first goals for the club on the way to firing a hat-trick.

The 18-year-old notched twice in the first half to send the O’s into a convincing lead at the break, and with just over 25 minutes remaining completed a memorable day by firing home his third from the penalty spot.

“To get a hat-trick today is the best feeling ever, especially given the fact that today was also my first professional goal,” Koroma told leytonorient.com.

“I have come close on several occasions in previous weeks, so to finally score was a massive relief. Every time I play I expect to score, and I do come off the pitch disappointed if I haven’t been able to do so.

“It was great work from Sam (Dalby) for the second goal and although I was always confident that he was going to pass, I did thank him straight away like I also thanked Cal (Kennedy) for allowing me to take the penalty for my hat-trick.

“As much as it is a proud day for myself, the most important thing was that we got the three points and hopefully we can now build on this to move us up the table.”

Koroma was one of 12 Academy products included in Danny Webb’s side for the trip to Rodney Parade, and having also assisted Steven Alzate’s eighth minute opener revealed his delight at playing alongside so many familiar faces.

“We all grew up together so know what each other are looking to do when in possession and what runs they will make.

“We have played with each other for such a long time now that there is a natural chemistry between us all.”

“I have worked with the Gaffer for a few years now and he fills me with confidence, just as he does the whole team,” he explained.

“Since he has come in we have been playing well but not really had the results to show for our efforts. Hopefully this win can be a turning point for us now."

Whilst proud of his team-mates efforts on the pitch in South Wales, Koroma ended by praising the travelling Orient support following what had been a difficult week for the club.

“The fans have been fantastic and to bring almost 400 fans here was a superb effort,” Koroma added.

“They have been so supportive whenever I have been given a chance in the side, and to hear them chanting my name was a wonderful feeling which made me want to give that bit more.

“What happens off the pitch is off the pitch, and once we step past the white line we have to forget about everything else that is going on and focus on the job we as players have to do.”

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