ORIENT assistant manager Kevin Nugent believes Notts County will provide a stern test for The O’s as they look to get back to winning ways on Saturday.
Keith Curle’s side are the only team Orient are yet to play in the league this season following the postponement of the fixture up at Meadow Lane in December, whilst The Magpies are also the only side in the country who are yet to lose on their travels.
“We’ve done our usual reports on Notts County, they’re decent away from home and a few points in front of us, if we can close the gap on them then it’d be nice although they have a game in hand. But they’re a good side so once again it’ll be tough as all games are in this league.”
Saturday’s game could also see the return to E10 of two familiar faces in the shape of Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Dean Leacock, two figures Nugent remembers well after their spells at the club.
“Both lads came in last season and did well for us to keep us in League One, so it’ll be nice to see them again, but hopefully we’ll be the ones taking the points.”
Nugent also felt there were positives to take from Tuesday night’s draw with Brentford despite the fact The O’s could have easily travelled back across town with all three points.
“It was a decent performance, you go to Brentford and you think a draw is going to be a good result and we were actually disappointed at the end of it. We felt we had enough chances to win the game and pick up all three points. But equally we came back from 2-1 down away from home at Brentford who are decent as well.
“We’ve had injuries and we are obviously trying to put fresh legs in as well, it’s difficult with a small group of players like we have and we had four of the scholars on the bench the other night which is the first time we’ve had that. Players are rotating around and it is difficult, and in terms of the training today [Thursday] is the first time we’ve been able to get on grass, the ground staff have been fantastic and cleared the pitch for us but it’s difficult to keep a real fluid momentum going with the group but we’re doing OK.”