ORIENT boss Russell Slade is hoping his players will feel the benefit of a full week’s training when they travel to Swindon Town for their latest npower League 1 fixture on Saturday.
The recent acquisitions of Martin Rowlands and Lee Cook took Orient’s number of arrivals since the end of last season to 10 and Slade admits the new boys are still integrating as a team.
That process hasn’t yielded any League points from their three starts to date, but having made the most of their first clear seven days without a midweek fixture, the manager believes his side can get off the mark at the County Ground.
He said: “It’s been our first clear week since the start of the season, so it’s been good in terms of the work we’ve been able to do on the training ground. I think we’ve benefited from that.
“I still believe we’re learning about each other, what runs we make, where we want the ball. We’re in a period of transition, we’re getting better and they’re a good group who have trained very hard this week.
“I do feel that we’re getting closer. If you’re a neutral, and I did speak to one or two neutrals from other football clubs after the Crawley game, they thought we did very well for the first 65-70 minutes there.
“For one reason or another we couldn’t see the game out, but I thought for the away team we were certainly worth a point. We’ve been a little unfortunate not to pick up something so far.”
Swindon won promotion from League 2 last season and made a strong start this term, taking seven points from their first three games.
They have suffered defeats to Preston and Oxford in the last week, but Slade is expecting a stern examination from Paolo Di Canio’s team.
He added: “We’re away from home again, so it doesn’t make life any easier. Swindon have got a fair bit of momentum behind them and a big squad, having got promoted last season.
“He’s [Di Canio] added to that as well. It’s a tough place to go, but we’ll acquit ourselves professionally, make sure we go about our business and get the right result.”