Defender Marvin Ekpiteta expressed his pride after he made his home debut for the O’s in the 4-1 victory over Barrow AFC on Saturday.
The 22-year-old, who joined from East Thurrock United in January, replaced Josh Coulson on 25 minutes after the former-Cambridge man picked up a toe injury and Ekpiteta had to quickly settle into his first extended period of action in the National League.
“It was unlucky that Josh got injured, in that manner as well so early in the game. I’ve been patient and have waited for my chance, and I felt that I came on and did well!” Ekpiteta told leytonorient.com.
“I’ve just been training hard and with every chance I get I’ve got to make sure that I take it. It wasn’t the prettiest of games, the boys had to dig deep and it was a very good result!”
The O’s fell behind within the opening 10 minutes as Luke James headed home at the near post but the O’s responded well when Dan Jones directed a Macauley Bonne header past the stricken Steve Arnold in the Barrow goal.
The defender admitted that Bonne was likely to try and claim the opening goal, “He definitely will, you know what he’s like. Macca was excellent and deserved the goals that he got”.
The introduction of Josh Koroma in the second half proved vital as the youngster was on hand at the back post to bundle a Sam Ling throw past the 'keeper, before Bonne struck twice in the final minutes to wrap up the points.
Ekpiteta praised the core of young, talented first team players like Bonne, Koroma, James Brophy, Dan Happe and Ebou Adams as key to helping him settle quickly in E10. “There are a few of us in the team, we’re all hungry and we all want to play and we’re all good enough to play so its about waiting for our chance and when we get it, taking it.”
“All the boys, even the older boys, are all good lads so they helped me settle in well and I’ve enjoyed every minute at the Club so far!”
Ekpiteta partnered George Elokobi in the centre of defence and the duo struck up a good relationship immediately, “He’s just solid. He’s always going to put it in, and he’s great to play with as he talks you through the match which is what you need, especially coming on when we’re losing.”
Following his first taste of extended action in the O’s side, Marvin is determined to make it a run in the side as the season reaches its conclusion, “I’ve just to carry on working hard and continuing to play well when I do get my chance and hopefully keep myself in the team.”