Nolan Thrilled To Experience Home Comfort

O’s boss full of praise following Crawley victory, as Sebastian Liggenstorfer reports…

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan was delighted to get back to winning ways at the Matchroom Stadium after their 2-0 victory against Crawley Town on Saturday.

Having suffered defeats in their previous two home games against Cambridge United and Northampton Town, the 33-year-old was pleased with how his team responded to claim a second home victory following his January appointment.

“The lads have been magnificent since I have come in and I am absolutely delighted with the way we responded to the two defeats in the last two home games with a good performance today,” said Nolan when speaking in his post-match interview.

The O’s boss hailed the display of striker Armand Gnanduillet, who scored both goals despite suffering a family bereavement in the week following the passing of his uncle, with the opening goal being a sublime strike from 25-yards.

“I am delighted for Armand. He got some bad news this week, but it is fantastic for him how he performed today with the two goals,”

“I kept telling him to keep hold of the ball and he did and then turned and shot it in the top corner. It was a fantastic finish, he is a good lad,” Nolan added.

Orient had several chances in the second half to kill the game but missed three clear-cut opportunities until the Ivorian striker scored again after a great cross from Sean Clohessy, who was making his first start in just under a month.

“The second goal was a great move. Sean has been great since I have come in. He is one of the top lads in training and gives his all every day,” explained Nolan.

“He is an honest lad and his performance today was fantastic and he deserves that great assist today. I’m delighted for Sean and even more that we got the second goal to finish the game off.”

The O’s make the long journey to Carlisle United tomorrow night as they look to make it three wins in a row to keep hold of a Play-Off spot.