PREVIEW: Atangana keen to lay solid foundations for the O's

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New O’s midfielder Nigel Atangana admits it is imperative to build on the impressive win at Wycombe when they face Newport County tonight.

A 2-0 victory on his debut was a good start for new O’s player-manager Kevin Nolan and Atangana, who signed an 18-month deal with Orient on Wednesday and now the Frenchman is targeting back-to-back wins when they host the Exiles this evening.

“We did a fantastic job at Wycombe, but now the focus has to turn to Newport,” Atangana tole

“We need to work hard and build on the result from the weekend, and if we want to make the play-offs we have to win games like this. If we play like we did at Wycombe then I am sure that will be the first of many wins between now and the end of the season.”

It was Atangana’s first game since November 21 and the midfielder was pleased with his first showing despite being forced off with cramp in the second period.

“I didn’t expect that before a game. I hadn’t played for three months but it was a great performance from the lads. Wycombe are a team we are fighting with for a play-off place. It was a massive win and the atmosphere created by the fans was great,” he added.

“It was just a bit of cramp but I tried my best, and I will be ok for the Newport County game.”

The midfielder was also pleased to have settled in so quickly with his new team-mates, but admits knowing a few players in the O’s squad has helped him adapt to his new surroundings.

“I know Armand, Cole Kpekawa from when he was with Portsmouth last season, and Paul McCallum as well,” said Atangana.

“The lads have all been fantastic with me. The squad has a good feel about it and there is a great atmosphere. I  am sure we can make the play-offs.”