OPPOSITION VIEW: Michael Jolley prepares for clash with the O's

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As Orient prepare to face the Mariners tomorrow, Grimsby Town Manager Michael Jolley gave his pre-match verdict on Leyton Orient.

Jolley addressed the recent appointment of Carl Fletcher, congratulating the new O’s Head Coach on his new job. 

“I know about him in respect to what he has done before. He did well in his time at Plymouth and he’s had a good playing career as well. Congratulations to him on his new job. We wish him well, obviously after Saturday!

I don’t think he will take the game. From what I hear Ross Embleton will take the game for them so I wouldn’t imagine they’d change too dramatically for this game, but we will have to wait and see about that. It’s going to be another tough game for us.”

Grimsby’s Gaffer believes the O’s have started well in League Two, having dealt with such an emotional summer.

“I think they’ve done well. They went through a very tough situation in the summer and they have my sympathies in that regard.

I think as a Football Club they’ve come through it well and handled it well. I think they’re now finding their feet. They’ve had a good couple of results recently. They’ve got some good attacking players like Harrold and Brophy.

I believe Lee Angol is injured but he might come back in. Louis Dennis is a good attacking player that we like and one or two others. They’ve got good energy in midfield and I think overall they’re a good League Two team.”

Having lost their last two games, Jolley revealed his team have been focusing on defending their box in training.

“We need to bring the right energy to the game on Saturday. I think it was too easy to put the ball in our penalty box at Stevenage. 

So we’ve been working on getting up to the ball a little more aggressively and making sure our opponents can’t put the ball in our box. That’s been a real focus for us and also bringing more energy to our attacking play as well.”

We’ve got to make sure we get the balance right between being aggressive when Leyton Orient have the ball and trying to get the ball back quickly and stopping the ball coming into our box. We need to make sure that when we do have the ball, we pose a threat to them.”