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Leyton Orient: We Stood Up To The Challenge Today

Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Sat 6 Apr 2019
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FC Halifax Town were held to a 2-2 draw away at Leyton Orient thanks to a last gasp equalizer by the hosts.

Shaymen TV spoke with Nathan Clarke for his thoughts on the game

“We stood up to the challenge today; they’re top of the league for a reason and rightly, so they’ve got some really good players”

“We’re all sat in there disappointed because we wanted the three points; we want to finish the season strong”

“But we showed our character and the determination that the lads have got; we got given a job and until right at the end everybody thought we’d stood up to that”

First half goals from Devante Rodney and Manny Duku put Town ahead before Orient clawed it back, and Nathan Clarke was full of praise for the two attackers after their performances.

“The two front lads (Rodney and Duku) have given many defenders a lot of problems since they’ve been here; they’ve come in and made a massive difference to our season”

“Players are playing for contracts and to be here next year; everybody’s pushing and not letting the season fizzle out”

Nathan discussed the game plan and how the squad prepared to play against one of the league’s best sides;

“We didn’t want to give them the freedom of the park; get stuck in, win our challenges; as a Yorkshire team coming to play down south, we wanted to show them what we’re about!”

Leyton Orient grabbed one back through Josh Koroma in first half injury time, before Matt Harrold got the equalizer in second half injury time. Nathan noted the impact of the timing of these goals.

“(The two late goals in injury time of each half) is a learning curve that the whole team can take on board”.

As a former Leyton Orient player and captain, Nathan was apprehensive about the reception he would receive from the home faithful

“Coming back to a former club, you never know if you’re going to get booed or heckled”

“I’m really pleased with the reception I got here, and it was nice to see a few familiar faces”

Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV right now.

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