Hughes says Newport draw will give Stevenage confidence ahead of visit to Orient

Mark Hughes in pre-season action for Boro. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Mark Hughes in pre-season action for Boro. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Orient have won both of their league games so far, and host Boro on Tuesday

Mark Hughes says securing a late point at Newport County on Saturday will give his side confidence for their trip to Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening.

The defender headed home the equalising goal in injury time at Rodney Parade, his first for the club since joining from Morecambe in the summer.

It was Boro’s first point of the new season, but tomorrow evening they come up against Ian Hendon’s side who have won both of their League Two games so far.

“It will be tough at Orient but we can take a lot of positives from [the] game and we go again on Tuesday,” Hughes, the former Everton and Bury defender, said.

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“The games are coming thick and fast and we’re looking forward to the match at Orient and will go there with confidence gained from our performance.

“I thought we played well in the first half and perhaps could have gone in with another goal or two. But they came back well in the second half and put us under a lot of pressure.

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“We could have perhaps coped a bit better than we did but it was very satisfying for us to get that late equaliser.

“I wouldn’t say it was a brave header, I just saw a flick on and went for it. It’s nice to score but the only thing that matters was that we got the draw.”

Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham says he’s relishing the trip to London after his side picked up its first point of the season.

“I’m looking forward to going to Orient. They are a good club and it will be a good game,” Boro’s boss said.

“We will go to London with confidence but at the same time we will respect them. It should be a good game. Thanks to the Stevenage fans who made the long trip [to Newport]. It was great to see. I’m sure we will take a decent following to Orient too.”

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