THERE were mixed emotions for Jamie Jones on Saturday as the O’s goalkeeper made his first appearance since December 21 against Crawley but could not prevent his side falling to a 1-0 defeat at home to Bradford.
Jones has been sidelined with a stress fracture to his spine and has missed the last 19 O’s games, during which time four goalkeepers have featured in his place but the O’s longest serving player is hoping to settle in between the sticks for the remainder of the campaign.
“It felt great to be back out there,” said Jones. “I felt like I did before I got injured and my back felt fine. I love playing for this club and having the lads around me. I’m really excited for the rest of the season now. All we can do is keep pushing on in the League.”
The 25-year-old was giving a standing ovation on his return to the side which he was grateful for.
“The fans were brilliant and it gave me a massive lift to get that sort of reception. They (the fans) gave everyone a lift and encouraged us on, it’s just a shame we couldn’t find a way through.”
Jones believes the vital factor for Orient now is to seize back the momentum that has carried them through so much of this memorable season.
“It’s not going our way at the minute but that can change. Hopefully soon we will be banging them again.
“The key is getting the momentum again especially if we are going to do it via the play-offs, we will need that.
“The togetherness hasn’t been affected despite having a bad couple of weeks. We’re still fighting together and for each other and we will push on again, there’s no question.”