Fletcher: "We're looking forward to the challenge ahead."

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Head Coach, Carl Fletcher, has been keeping clear focus on the football ahead of this evening’s trip to Plymouth Argyle with the new O’s boss set to take charge for the first time against his former team. 

The 39-year-old sat in the stands for Saturday’s superb 0-4 win against Grimsby Town and praised the players for their clinical finishing, “The lads were great, it was a good performance. We took our goals at good times with good finishes. A lot of travelling on the coach but that’s part of the job and looking forward to a good game agains Plymouth.”

Fletcher was appointed as the O’s Head Coach last Wednesday and has spent much of his six-day spell travelling with the O’s making trips to Grimsby Town and Plymouth Argyle, but has taken the positives out the situation and used the opportunity to learn more about his players and staff.

“It’s been limited in terms of the actual time spent on the training ground because of the travel and preparing for the games but it’s been good to spend that time away and I’ve been able to see how things are running, how things are working, get to know people better from the players and the staff so it has been good. We’re just looking forward to the game and making sure we’re ready for a tough encounter but looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Tonight’s trip to Plymouth Argyle will be the first time Fletcher has returned to Home Park since departing the Pilgrims in 2013, the former midfielder making 107 appearances before keeping Argyle up, despite serious financial issues, as Manager.

“It’s funny how things work out in football. I spent four, five years down there and it will be good to go back. I think its the first time I’ve been back to the Club since I left and I’ve still got some friends down there which’ll be nice, but the full focus is putting on a good performance.”

“I think the thing from our point of view is as long as we prepare right and know what we’re going to do, we can be confident. Plymouth have some good players and have had some good performances this year so we know we have to be ready, that’s part of football so we’re just looking forward to the challenge. If we go out there looking to enjoy the game, that’s the main thing.”