New Leyton Orient boss Liverani: ‘We deserved a draw’
18:46 13 December 2014
Liverani reflects on his first game in charge at Brisbane Road.
New Leyton Orient manager Fabio Liverani started with a 2-1 home defeat to Peterborough United, but believed his side’s performance was worthy of a point.
The Italian saw his side fall behind after just nine minutes thanks to former Orient striker Aaron McLean, before Shaun Batt levelled the scores.
But they were undone just two minutes into the second half from Erhun Oztumer’s free-kick.
And despite the defeat, the new boss was able to take a number of positives from his side’s performance.
“I saw many positive aspects in today’s game and we conceded very little and they scored from two minor distractions,” said Liverani via a translator.
“I think we deserved to draw and we got a lot of positive feedback from today’s game.
“I don’t have specific concerns about this team performance, the only concern is the league table. It is not great but I believe the squad has all the ability to come out of this situation.”
Batt’s goal was his first since a double in the FA Cup first round win over Southport back in November 2013.
And Liverani was pleased with his performance, despite not being fully fit.
“I congratulate the players who played today, particular Batt who had a really good game,” added Liverani.
“He asked to be substituted 20 minutes into the second half because he was coming back from injury and didn’t have the full fitness for the 90 minutes.”
The O’s created very little going forward in the second half, and Liverani’s options off the bench were limited, with 16-year-old Victor Adeboyejo making his first-team debut.
“In the second half we had Batt really tired and Jay Simpson just coming back from an injury and we didn’t have many options of who could come in,” he remarked.
“In fact it was first game for the youngster Victor Adeboyejo so partly due to that reason and psychologically conceding the goal in the first minute of the second half was bad for us.
“That’s why we probably created very little in the second half.”
And the Italian was also pleased with the welcome he received from the O’s supporters in his first game as boss, adding: “I was happy with the welcome I received from the supporters and I am really convinced I made the right choice in coming to Leyton Orient.”