PREVIEW: Liverani wary of in-form Coventry

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Orient boss Fabio Liverani is keen to build on Saturday’s second half performance when they head to in-form Coventry City tonight.

The O’s came back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to defeat Port Vale 3-1 at the weekend, and Liverani admits confidence is high.

“We struggled a bit in the first half but played an excellent second half, with three goals, one penalty missed and hit the posts three times,” said Liverani.

“That was the first time since I was appointed as manager that we came back and won a game which we were losing at home so it boosted our confidence.”

The O’s face a Sky Blues side who have won three of their last four games under manager Tony Mowbray to move them three points clear of the relegation zone, but if Orient win tonight they could move themselves out of the bottom four.

“Coventry is a big six-pointer game for us. They are a strong, physical side and won 3 out of their last 4 games under a very good manager,” added Liverani.

There are no new injury concerns for Liverani ahead of tonight’s clash.

In the reverse fixture Coventry’s Jim O’Brien netted a late equaliser to ensure a point for the Sky Blues.

O’Brien had put them ahead in the first half, before Scott Cuthbert levelled for the O’s and Jay Simpson then put Orient in front with 20 minutes to go.

But the Sky Blues midfielder denied the O’s a home win when he popped up late on to secure a 2-2 draw.

In the same fixture last season, Orient saw their 12-game unbeaten start in the league ended by the Sky Blues, who picked up a 3-1 victory at Sixfields.

The last time the O’s played at the Ricoh Arena, Dean Cox’s strike just before half time saw them pick up a 1-0 win.