29 November 2015

Leyton Orient 1 AFC Wimbledon 1, 28/10/15

Two of Hendon's substitutes against Wimbledon
A game in which... Orient went 1-0 up and then Ian Hendon substituted off the whole team and replaced them with 11 local bricklayers with the specific task of swiftly walling up the goal. I'm joking, of course: Ian Hendon's substitutions actually made even less sense than that and the fact that the manager was so ready to batten down the hatches at home against an average AFC Wimbledon side – even before we went down to 10 men – shows either a total lack of ambition or total lack of tactical nous. I'm opting for both. 

Jump off your seat moment... The moment a West Stand fan quite literally did jump off his seat at the final whistle and throw a bit of run-of-the-mill, seen-it-a-thousand-times-at-a-football-match abuse at Ian Hendon. And what did the manager do? Think to himself that since fans pay their money, they're entitled to their opinion? Consider that though he disagreed with the sentiment he was a professional and should not respond? No, Ian Hendon actually came tearing back to the touchline shouting "You talking to me?" like a deranged coke-head who's seen Taxi Driver 4,328 times. He then suggested the fan come back to the dressing room and say it to his face, despite the fact the fan was already saying it to his face. Next week: Hendon puts the club chef's head in a vice as a Joe-Pesci-in-Casino-inspired lesson for serving slightly lukewarm tomato soup. 

Give that man a medal... Imagine where Orient would be without Jay Simpson? That's right, in the Guinness Book of Records for being the only club in world football history to have gotten 20 games into a season without scoring a single goal. The striker is the sole reason that Ian Hendon is able to brush aside the deep chasms of concern about Orient's on-field performances, point at the league table and blithely state "We're still in touching distance of the play-offs." 

Taxi for... Ian Hendon. Sometimes this season his tactical decision-making has been baffling, sometimes it's been bewildering, but today it was just batshit mental. Ironically, it seemed that the manager had accidentally stumbled across a central defensive partnership that was actually holding firm in loanees Cole Kpekawa and the impressive Jean-Yves M'Voto. But then, with a one-goal lead and 35 minutes to go he elected to go 5-3-2 and bring on Mathieu Baudry wearing a sign around his neck that stated: "Hey, Wimbledon, I know you haven't had a single shot on target yet but why not just attack us for the rest of the game and see if you can do any better." 

In the dug out... Have I mentioned Ian Hendon's performance today? Well, the delights don't end there, for once Orient went down to 10 men the manager felt the best policy was to sit eight players in front of Alex Cisak and then hoof the ball long to a lone target man in the hope of hitting Wimbledon on the break. So naturally the lone target man he chose was winger Blair Turgott, who is well known for his heading, strength and ability to hold the ball up. This tactical ruse precipitated such relentless Wimbledon attacks that at one point their goalkeeper Ben Wilson was able to sweep up the ball in Orient's half

Meanwhile on Twitter... "The problem with Ian Hendon being 'one of our own'" wrote fan Laurie Hann as he hit a nail on the head with a hammer, "is that we are consistently shit." 

21 comments:

  1. Putting aside any tactical shortcomings I believe Hendon & Hessenthaler do not have the temperament to manage a team. At one point on Saturday Hendon screamed at someone on his own bench "why don't you shut the f--- up". He continually becomes embroiled in pointless arguements with the fourth official. On Saturday he kept up an infantile rant at the fourth official about a second ball entering the field of play. Meanwhile the game went on behind him and he took no notice. This is something he continually does. Then to top it all the row with the spectator. Like the spat with the Wycombe manager earlier this season Hessanthaler gets involved, seemingly as a peace maker, and then takes over wanting to finish the fight. What a poor example both of them are. There are enough foul mouthed yobs on the terrace. Now we have them leading the team.

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  2. Yep, quite right. We were much better last season with four managers and a team full of under-paid championship stars. This season we are shit. Only 8th in the League and already safe from relegation (almost). Outrageous. A small squad, unlucky with injuries, a chairman that won't let the manager play the best player from the end of last season - yep, must be time to sack Hendon because sacking the manager always makes things better.

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  3. No one was comparing him with last seasons disaster. I was merely commenting on his behaviour which falls below expectations from someone who is representing LOFC. Much like so many of the fans who, because they turn up week after week, claim to be supporters but offer no more "support" than abusing the opponents, officials or even their own team. You know the sort, the ones who cannot post anything on line without being abusive. Let's have passion but cut out the petulance.

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    1. I fear you misunderstand. I wasn't commenting on your post but on Matt's blog. I think Hendon needs to be given the season before judgements are made. I agree that he and Hessanthaler sometimes behave likes dicks on the touch line and should both grow up, just not quite grounds to sack them yet.

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