Boss Alberto Cavasin is calling on the O’s to show their true credentials in a bid to move up the League Two table.
The O’s have exited both the FA and Checkatrade Cup competitions in the space of three days and now the sole focus is to start a rise up the League Two table when making the short trip to rivals Colchester United tomorrow.
“We know that the league is our main concern, and we start again this weekend at Colchester following the short break away from league responsibilities,” he told leytonorient.com.
“We all know the situation we find ourselves in down at the bottom of the table, and now we need to start picking up some much-needed points.
“We have to show on the pitch that the team are solid and that we have the right values and ability to turn our fortunes around in this division.
“There is no better chance than tomorrow to show everybody our value and desire.”
Cavasin apologised for the O’s showing at Sheffield United last weekend and refused to make any excuses, but was pleased with the reaction from his side at Brighton & Hove Albion in midweek despite the 1-0 loss.
“Sheffield United was an accident,” he explained. “We could have lost because of Sheffield’s recent form and having the home advantage but that was not the case – our performance wasn’t anywhere near acceptable and is something that must not happen again.
“We apologise to our supporters for having to witness that and also for the final result which was extremely disappointing.
“Brighton was a completely different game however, though the result was still missing. It was a performance closer to our values and we created several chances to get something from the game.
“We had control of the tie for certain spells of the match, and it also proved that we have a number of young players who are able to make the step up to the first team over the course of the season.”
Tomorrow’s game represents a local derby for the O’s and Cavasin hopes to send the large travelling contingent of fans home happy with a encouraging result and performance.
“We have seen that the fans show an incredible level of support by following us to even the furthest of games, and we hope to see a large number of them at Colchester tomorrow given that it is not as far as previous weeks have been,” he remarked.
“Witnessing their level of support means we have to give something more on the pitch as it something that has to give pride and value to our performances.”
Colchester are also going through a sticky patch in terms of results having failed to secure a league victory in their previous eight attempts, but the Italian is wary of the threat they pose.
“They are a team who have changed between many formations over the course of this season, which can make it difficult for opposing teams to highlight a target man,” said Cavasin.
“It is going to be our job to not get bullied by this and make sure we produce the level of performance we all expect to see and help our fortunes around.”