McGleish 'just likes scoring goals'

MATCH-winner Scott McGleish paid tribute to his manager Geraint Williams, following Saturday's victory over Colchester United.There was a time when McGleish was the U's No.

Carl Marston

MATCH-winner Scott McGleish paid tribute to his manager Geraint Williams, following Saturday's victory over Colchester United.

There was a time when McGleish was the U's No. 9, and Williams the U's boss. But now they are both wearing the red of Leyton Orient - it was certainly an unusual sight to see Williams sporting a red-and-black tracksuit, rather than his familiar U's blue top, in front of the dug-outs.

“I played under George (Geraint Williams) when he was caretaker manager for a month at Colchester (February, 2003), so I knew what to expect,” insisted McGleish.


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“He's a great manager. He knew what he would get by signing me, and it's been working out well.

“I had some good times at Colchester, but this was not necessarily a special goal, even though it was against one of my former clubs. I just like scoring goals.

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“Jimmy Smith is trying to claim the goal, but I believe that it's mine. I'm not so sure that the ball was over the line before I put it in,” added McGleish, who has now scored four goals in 16 outings for the O's since his loan move from Wycombe.

McGleish had a very eventful afternoon. In addition to scoring the 80th minute winner, he also hit the bar with a long-range shot, missed a couple of great chances, and also twice required treatment following early collisions with U's keeper Dean Gerken.

“I don't know what I did to upset Deano while I was at Colchester, but I must have done something!” quipped McGleish.

“I got a couple of big whacks from Deano, but I managed to recover. I've got a sore head, but this was a big win for us.”

McGleish scored 53 goals in a Colchester shirt, six of them during a loan stint in 1996, and the rest of them during a three-and-a-half year stay between 2001 and '04.

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