Midfielder is settling in well at the O's
Following the draw with Sheffield United, midfielder Romain Vincelot discusses the game and how he is finding life with the O's.
Romain, a good point but in the end, we might have even won the game?
Yes I think so. We were really close to it, we had a few chances, it was a crazy game but I think we could have done a bit better in terms of a result. Not in terms of performance because I think we put in a great reaction because we had a bad week and we made a good response.
You had a good chance in the second-half but the keeper made a good save. Talk us through that.
Yes, I had a good one-two with Jimmy (Smith) either on the edge or just inside the box but it happened really quickly and I just had one touch and kicked the ball. I was on the floor then but we followed it up and nearly scored. So that was a good chance.
You played in a midfield five today rather than a four, how did you find that system?
I’m used to it because that is the way we played when I was at Brighton although I used to sit in front of the back-four. Today, with me and Jimmy, we had a bit more freedom to get the ball and go in the space and I think we did quite well. Defensively we were tight and really compact and hard to beat. The only way they could get behind us was the long ball and so I think it was really good. They were getting very frustrated at the way we were defending.
How are you settling in at the club?
It’s been really good, I’m used to the area as well, I was at Dagenham & Redbridge before and I used to live in Leyton. It took me only two days to find a flat so I’m settled.
You have a contract until the end of the season, are you looking to stake your claim into staying longer than that?
I wanted this contract because I wanted to play and then put myself under a bit of pressure as well and see what I can achieve.
How are your fitness levels, you had a little while without starting a match and now you’ve had two in quick succession?
I think I’m alright; there was two months when I didn’t play. When I was at Gillingham, I played 11 games in two months so my fitness came back quite quickly.
You had to wait for a while before coming into the side; I guess it’s now a situation of you really wanting to keep your place?
It’s always the case, when you are a footballer, you just want to play as much as possible and that’s why I came here. There were three months of the season left and I just want to play each game I can.
How much did you know about Russell Slade and the way he likes his team to play?
When I was playing at Dagenham, we played Leyton Orient four times in one season so I knew how he liked to try and play and his enthusiasm. I like the spirit of the team and that he encourages players to try things and not to hide so I like the way he manages.
What is your preferred role?
I prefer to play centre midfield and I think my qualities are made for that role. I can defend and attack but I don’t really mind where I play, as a footballer you just want to be playing matches.
We had three disappointing results leading into this game but the manner of the performance and the point from Sheffield United must lift the spirits of everyone?
Of course that’s what we needed. If anything we are even a bit frustrated by the result which is a good sign and it shows that we are ambitious. Last week, we were not where we wanted to be in terms of performance and when you are professional, you have to react quickly to that and we did it tonight. Now we have to go on and get as many points as possible. We know that we that can beat the top sides, we beat Tranmere the other week when they were top of the league at the time and that’s why tonight, we performed well because we believed in ourselves.