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REACTION: Josh Koroma speaks of his delight after his brace at AFC Fylde

5 November 2018

Orient forward Josh Koroma praised his team’s performance and was delighted with his two goals in Saturday’s win over AFC Fylde.

“All the boys are buzzing because we got the three points against a tough AFC Fylde team. I’m obviously delighted to get two goals because I haven’t been scoring much recently but I would’ve been happy if it was Macca [Macauley Bonne] who got a hat-trick and we won 3-1. The main thing was the three points.”

After being involved in the move leading up to Macauley Bonne’s opener in the fourth minute, Koroma scored himself to put his side back in the lead following Danny Rowe’s equaliser.

“I squared up the defender in the box, used my body movement to get passed him and then literally just toe poked it and it went in, I was delighted. Certainly one of the better goals I’ve scored so far in my career, hopefully, I get many more.”

Despite it being a game of few clear chances, the young forward believes the times that the O’s hit the back of the net played to their favour as AFC Fylde struggled to get back into the game.

"The times that we got the goals were very good, one right at the start of the game which kind of settled everyone, then one just before half-time which I think saw them off. Macca has done very well with his chance and I’ve taken my two well, good finishes all around."

Orient started Saturday’s fixture with Craig Clay at right-back, a position in which he has only covered for short periods of games earlier this season. Koroma praises the midfielder’s performance and his competition.

"Craig [Clay] has been outstanding all season wherever he has played. He has filled in at right-back when people have come off so he was quite familiar with the position.

We were saying in the dressing room that Juddy [Myles Judd] has got to watch his place, because Craig has done so well there. All jokes aside, Juddy has been quality this season, Lingy [Sam Ling] has also been quality, so Craig filling in there today just shows how strong our team is."

Head Coach Justin Edinburgh was forced into an early change at Mill Farm when Charlie Lee was replaced through injury in the ninth minute.James Brophy came on for the number 22, which saw skipper Jobi McAnuff move central to allow the winger to play in his natural position.

Versatile himself, Koroma believes it’s a great asset to have players who are able to operate in multiple positions.

"Charlie Lee has been a massive player for us this season, likewise Jobi [McAnuff]. Charlie coming off so early was a big blow, hopefully his injury isn’t serious and he can recover in time for the next game as we’ve now got a break from games.

It just shows how versatile our team is, Jobi moved into central midfield and put in a captain’s performance and Brophs [James Brophy] came on at left-back and looked solid."

Orient were followed by 394 vocal fans at Mill Farm and the 19-year old’s love for the support was evident when he went over and celebrated with a section of the fans after his first strike.

Recently, we’ve been getting more fans than the home side so everywhere we go it feels like we’re playing at home. Today [Saturday] especially, to hear the fans chanting my name made me very confident and gave confidence to the team because they never stopped singing all game. We’re just thankful that they continue to follow us everywhere.


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