SCOTT CUTHBERT was thrilled to mark his first start in over three months with a win at Northampton Town on Wednesday night.
The centre half spent several weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury at the start of the season and has only recently returned to the squad.
So when he was called up to line up alongside Mathieu Baudry at the Sixfields Stadium, he was pleased to make the most of the opportunity,
He said: “It was a great feeling to be back out there. It’s been a long four months trying to get fit, and it’s been very frustrating watching from the sidelines so I’m delighted to be back involved with the boys.
“It’s nice to go into a winning team too. I thought the boys were excellent last night, it’s not an easy place to come with the way that they’re playing and the target men that they’ve got, but we dealt with that well and scored some good goals.
“Wembley is there as an incentive [in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy], a lot of the boys haven’t played there and it would be a great occasion for the team if we got there.
“We’ll be aiming for that – we know it’s tough, there’s a lot of good teams left in the competition, but we’ll be giving it our all to get there, that’s for sure.”
Cuthbert forms part of a strong quartet of centre backs at Brisbane Road alongside Baudry, Nathan Clarke and Ben Chorley and he believes that competition can only help the O’s over the months ahead.
He added: “That’s the good thing about having a squad full of talent. Matty [Baudry] had to bide his time his time, was patient on the bench and got his chance when Nathan was unfortunate to get injured.
“He’s been different class since, so it’s good to have competition, that’s what good squads need in this league.”