Cisak: We let the manager down

Australian goalkeeper Alex Cisak says the Leyton Orient squad let their sacked manager Ian Hendon down but the club must regroup quickly to save their season.

Hendon was fired on January 18 after a run of just four wins in 21 league games. Orient sit in sixth position on the League Two table.

The London club has appointed former Premier League midfielder Kevin Nolan as their player-manager.

Cisak told FourFourTwo he felt for Hendon.

“Of course, it’s always tough to see a manager go, especially as he brought me to the club,” he said.

“I think the players let him down as well with our performances. We kept making mistakes, defensive and offense, and ultimately that was the down fall on our performances.

“It’s been a tough few months, we have been struggling to get a run of wins together. With the new manager coming in now it is important that we start well for the new manager.

“With 20 or so games left it’s now make or break time, and we have to get a run of results.”

Orient sit 15 points off top and eight points off an automatic promotion place as Northampton lead League Two with Plymouth and Oxford United in second and third.

Cisak joined the O’s permanently in the off-season from Burnley and the 26-year old Tasmanian has played every game this season for Orient apart from two when he was away on Socceroo duty.

Cisak has claimed six cleansheets so far in the 2015/2016 campaign.

Nolan has already had a quick impact on the O’s, leading them a 2-0 victory against Wycombe and a 1-0 win over Newport County.

“All the boys buy into the way he wants to play, so we all want to do well for him now,” Cisak said.

“If we get a string of wins together anything is possible. We have to take things one game at a time and see where it ends. But of course we won’t give up on promotion, still a long way to go till the end of the season.”