PREVIEW: Nolan on Pompey challenge

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Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan is keen for the O’s to bonce back at the first opportunity when they head to Play-Off contenders Portsmouth tomorrow.

Nolan suffered his first defeat last weekend  since taking over as player-manager – a 3-1 loss at home to Cambridge United, and he knows they can ill-afford for a repeat of the errors and mistakes for a second weekend in succession against a strong Pompey side.

“They are going to be a good, free-flowing side. They like to attack and they are all good on the ball,” Nolan told Orient PlayerHD. 

“They are similar to what Paul Cook and Leam Richardson are about and they give everything they’ve got. They leave everything out on the pitch so that is what we have got to match and we have to make sure we exploit their weaknesses which we have been working on over the last couple of days.

“Hopefully we can get back to winning ways and cut out the individual errors and mistakes we were making as a team against Cambridge last weekend.”

In regards to team news, Nolan added: “It’s similar to how it was last week, there are no major issues but we will be assessing people in the build-up to the game. A few boys have had a bit of stiffness and tightness after the games, but hopefully I will have a full squad to pick from.”

The player-manager was also happy with the O’s transfer dealings since his appointment with defensive options boosted by the arrival of Shaun Brisley, Nicky Hunt and Jerome Binnom-Williams.

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