Haringey boss Loizou disappointed to crash out of cup to Orient
PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:32 05 December 2018
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Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou disappointed to have crashed out of the London Senior Cup as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to National League side Leyton Orient.
Goals from Ruel Sotiriou and James Alabi sealed the win for Orient - despite a late consolation for former O’s academy product Charley Barker at Coles Park.
Orient will now face an away trip to National League South side Welling United in the quarter-final of the cup competition.
“I think their reserves beat our reserves, just about as well, we hit the post and didn’t get the rub of the green,” Loizou said.
“The first goal got a slight deflection; the keeper just about got his hand to it, but it come through bodies.
“The second one I felt he should have got a stronger hand to it but as soon as we went 2-0 down I said I bet we go and score up the other end now.
“We were looking more likely to score than they did but they’re fitter, stronger, and train everyday.
“They’re through and we’re not.”
The long-serving boss praised Charley Barker for his impact on the game as he netted a late consolation goal in the 89th minute against his former club.
“I think he was the best player in the middle of the park for both sides, Charley.
“He did himself proud as he played really well today (Monday).”
The former Orient employee Loizou says it was a good occasion but he would have liked to come out on top and progress into the next round.
“It was, I would have liked to have beaten them and we could have played a stronger side if I wanted but we’ve got an eye on the league now as we’re climbing up the table.
“We’ve picked up a lot of injuries and a suspension as well now – so things are getting harder.”