The O’s head into Saturday’s fixture against Town on the back of four defeats and will be keen to pick up a positive result.
A week on the training pitch
“We have been able to sit and do what we consider the main part of our job. It’s also important that we’ve been able to rest. Training isn’t the same intensity as a game. We haven’t had to travel, and we haven’t had a Tuesday game for the first time in a long time.”
“We want to go and win the game. I’m envious of Harrogate if I’m brutally honest. They’ve come into League Two with momentum from promotion. We lost that for obvious reasons.”
What to expect from the visitors
“I’m expecting them to be very competitive. They must have a great feel. They’re building on success. They’ve changed from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 recently. They’ll be aggressive. They’ll get the ball in the box. We have to stand up and deal with it.”
Simon Weaver testing positive for COVID
“He’s a guy that has been there for a long time – he’s built something fantastic at that club. It must be extremely frustrating for him operating from a distance. First of all, we have to wish him well and hope it isn’t affecting him or his family too much.”
“It’s good that they’re not missing any more football. It’s an extra week of preparation and working with the group.
Juddy (Myles Judd) trained again yesterday but that doesn’t mean he is anywhere near ready. I expect Lee and Ruel to be training with us next week.”
Craig Clay is improving every day, and is another one we’ll be keeping and an eye on, and seeing if he’s eligible for the weekend.
“We performed well against them last year. It’s another fixture where you miss the supporters. Their fans travel well, and that adds some excitement to the fixture. We know they’re going to be tough and it’ll be a difficult game.
Across the league teams are beating each other; we have to be on our toes and be prepared for a difficult evening.”
Two home fixtures back-to-back
“It’s always positive. When you go away you have to focus and make sure that you’re travelling appropriately and behaving appropriately everywhere you go.”
“I think it has come too late. I thought the start to the season for everyone was ludicrous. Everyone was playing so many games. It would have been great if this decision was made earlier, I think.
Higher up the game, the increase in substitutions has helped keep squads’ happy. It does give an opportunity to get more people on the pitch. If you’re up or you’re down, you have the ammunition to make a change.
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