Andy Hessenthaler’s confident Leyton Orient can steal points off the Magpies at Meadow Lane
09:00 23 September 2016
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Notts County have been struggling at home in recent times and Orient hoping to pile more pressure on John Sheridan’s team
Andy Hessenthaler would love his Leyton Orient team to achieve two positive results over the next week in League Two.
The Brisbane Road outfit lost 1-0 at home to Yeovil Town on Saturday and make the trip to Notts County this weekend.
After their visit to Meadow Lane, the O’s will host the current leaders Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday and try to halt their poor run of form in east London.
But the Magpies come first and they have struggled at home this season – winning just one of five games there in all competitions.
“I think Notts County are having problems of their own at home,” said Hessenthaler.
“They won on the road last Saturday at Cheltenham Town, but their home form isn’t great and our away form is good.
“We need to bounce back with a performance and hopefully we can get a positive result.
“Then our next home game is a tough one against Plymouth and they are the league leaders and flying at the moment.
“It doesn’t get any easier at home, but we need to put last weekend’s result to bed.
“There were no positives because we got beat and the performance from all of us was disappointing.
“I class it as all of us, not just the players on the pitch, but the staff and everyone involved.”
Orient didn’t do themselves justice against the Glovers, who netted in the 76th minute, and Hessenthaler conceded they failed to play like a team.
The east Londoners had looked more solid defensively at Morecambe and Carlisle United to a lesser extent, but that appeared to change at the weekend.
The O’s back four had some shaky moments early on against Yeovil and a lack of concentration from a short corner eventually saw Tom Eaves head in the only goal of the game.
Hessenthaler felt it was important to lay the blame with everyone and called on his players to respond
positively over the next week.
“I don’t think it was just about the defence, I think it was about the whole team and we weren’t playing as a team,” he added.
“We were too far apart from each other. The midfielders were playing too deep at times and trying to do the centre-halves job.
“I would say it was the whole team on Saturday – we didn’t seem to be a team, but we are not going to make excuses because Yeovil deserved to win and we’ve had a bad day.
“I’ve been in football a long time and it happens. The good teams respond and we have to quickly.”