Date: 2nd March 2017 at 10:59am
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Leyton Orient’s defeat at Stevenage couple with other results – including Hartlepool’s win – saw the gap between us and safety open up to six points.

Ben Kennedy opened the scoring from former Orient midfielder Jobi McAnuff’s cross with a foul by Nicky Hunt on Luke Wilkinson giving Stevenage a penalty. Matt Godden finished into the corner to double the Boro lead.

A header from Paul McCallum got us back into the game but Wilkinson – from another McAnuff assist – and Tom Pett sealed a 4-1 win for Stevenage as Sam Sargeant was beaten for a fourth time at Broadhall Way.

Had Charles Breakspear not called a foul on Stevenage keeper Chris Day Orient would have had another goal in the second half through Josh Koroma.

Asked about it being a ‘tough day’ for Orient it was admitted by Danny Webb it had been. The boss knows the O’s have got to start winning as relying on others not doing so isn’t going to get us anywhere but relegated.

Webb told the East London & West Essex Guardian.

‘Very much so. I have just seen the other scores and sometimes that is on the cards. Over the course of the season, you cannot keep losing games and say oh the others lost. That can only go on for so long. Sooner or later Hartlepool (United) were going to thump someone, we just hoped we could get a win tonight and keep ourselves in touching distance. It was not to be obviously, to lose 4-1, at the fourth, you think it could be five maybe six. It wasn`t. This is football. This is football when you are down the bottom and it is not nice. It is not nice if you lose 4-1 to Stevenage or lose 1-0 at home to Cheltenham. It is not nice to lose games.’

However, Webb was again pleased with the performances of the youngster such as Koroma, Myles Judd, Michael Clark and Freddie Moncur.

‘I might say a few things tonight that might get their back up a bit, they want the here and now. And I get that. No one wants to see this club drop out the league. I have been here four, five years working right through the academy. People have been here supporting the club 60-70 years. I am not going to try and put myself in the same boat as them. They do not want to see this team drop out and nor do I. And it is not done yet. But there has been a reactive state for a while at this club now. Everyone has looked back, everyone has looked at the here and now and panicked.’

Adding.

‘We have signed a lot of people rashly, on high wages, I won`t say numbers, but players out there tonight on £150 a week who are giving their all, who have a big future in the game. And they are 17, 18-year-olds. I do urge the fans, as frustrating as it is, to try and look to the future. Rightly or wrongly, that`s how I have gone into it. Even with the great result at Plymouth (Argyle) and Yeovil (Town), I wasn`t silly. I sort of knew that unfortunately, you would have nights like this. And I am not banging on people`s doors going I need more players. I know what I signed up for. I have gone into it at first. I have thrown those youngsters into it as I know they are up to it. They will make mistakes, but the older pros make mistakes. If they keep giving the effort like that, that will only benefit them and the club in the future.’

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