PREVIEW: Dunne "It will be a battle"

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Orient defender Alan Dunne is expecting Saturday to be a battle as the O’s make the short trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.

The O’s go into the game on the back of a strong performance at MK Dons, despite the defeat, while the Daggers lost their opening League Two game 3-0 at Portsmouth and followed it up with a 4-1 Cup loss at Charlton Athletic.

But despite that, Dunne knows Saturday will be another tough east London derby for Orient.

“It will be a totally different game to the one on Tuesday. It will be a battle and a scrap and they come into it on the back of a 3-0 loss to Portsmouth on the opening day,” Dunne told

“I know Wayne Burnett well and I know what he is about. He will have them up for it and they have watched us against MK Dons. It will be a difficult game but if we go there and show the same quality that we did in midweek then there is no doubt that we can go and beat Dagenham.”

A number of O’s fans are expected to make the short ajourney to the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium, and Dunne knows they have a massive part to play at the weekend.

“It’s not too far for the fans to come and it is a derby game,” he added. “They were great against MK Dons and made a lot of noise. We need them throughout the season both home and away because they are a big part of any successful team.

“At Dagenham they will be right behind us and that will help us push on and try to get the points we need.”

Dunne made his first start for the O’s in the Capital One Cup defeat at MK Dons, and while disappointed not to come out victorious, he was pleased to get up and running with his new club.

“We are disappointed after Tuesday as we put a big shift in. We competed well against a Championship side and I thought we controlled the game,” he added.

“It was really pleasing to get my first start. It am getting there fitness wise and I am training hard every day. I want to get in to the team and I feel I put a good shift in at left back in midweek.

“The league is our priority and it always will be.  It would have been nice to get a result the other night, but it’s all about Saturday now. We will learn from the defeat.”