Jay Simpson gave us lift, but transfer window should shut before start of the season insists Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler
PUBLISHED: 00:30 17 August 2016
27-year-old former Arsenal striker was included in team again and played his part as Brisbane Road outfit defeated Stevenage 3-0 in League Two
Leyton Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler called for the summer transfer window to shut before the start of the season following O’s 3-0 win over Stevenage.
Gavin Massey’s brace sandwiched a stunning header from Dean Cox as the east Londoners earned their first victory of the campaign in style.
The big news before kick-off was the inclusion of Jay Simpson in the starting XI for the first time since a friendly fixture with Gillingham on July 30.
After scoring 25 goals for Orient last year in League Two, the ex-Arsenal striker was heavily linked with a move to local rivals Southend United.
Simpson was therefore classed as “unavailable” for O’s opening three games in all competitions, but returned and played 74 minutes at Brisbane Road.
“Jay gives everybody a lift and I don’t like the window when it’s like this,” said Hessenthaler. “For me when the season starts, the window should shut. You’ve got your players, you’ve got your squad so get on with it.
“You shouldn’t have a month where it is still open and I think it turns players heads, people get disrupted and it can happen at most clubs. I think the window should be shut once that first ball of the season is kicked.”
With Simpson back involved, Orient weren’t tempted to knock long balls forward and played the ball around on the floor against Boro.
Cox, Massey and Harry Cornick combined wonderfully on several occasions just behind O’s striker and the trio switched positions numerous times too.
Although it was Stevenage who made the better start, the hosts ran out comfortable winners on what was a very satisfactory night at Brisbane Road.
Hessenthaler added: “The front players were a lot smaller so we had to work the ball through the thirds of the pitch and we did that.
“What we did was we used Gavin to come off the line and use his pace to get in behind and the same with Harry as well. It worked well, but whether that is the way we keep going, we’ll have to wait and see.”
Orient’s triumph moves them up to 10th in the table with four points from three league games.