ORIENT boss Russell Slade is expecting a physical encounter when Preston North End come to town on Saturday afternoon.
The O’s are back at home following three games on the road and Slade’s men are looking to register a fifth straight win.
But Preston are in good form too, having not lost in seven, and the home manager is expecting a test.
He said: “Graham [Westley, Preston boss] is starting to stamp his mark at Preston. They’re in a good position to pounce now.
“They’ve got some strong, physical players – a lot of new ones – and he’s doing it in his own unique way.
“We know it will be a battle. We know that they’ll press us without the ball and absolutely run their socks off.”
After travelling 1,100 miles in the last week-and-a-half for those away games, Slade is delighted to be back on home turf this weekend.
he added: “It’s good to be back at home. We didn’t want to be travelling again, that’s for sure, because we’ve got another three journeys in a row after this one.
“It gives us a little more time to recover, but the results over that time have been spectacular considering the mileage we’ve done.
“The chances are being taken and there are one or two players who have run into a bit of form as well. Whilst that’s happening we need to make hay and get the points on the board.
“We want to maintain the run that we’re on for as long as we possibly can. If we have a little blip, we have to make sure it is just a blip and then go again.”