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Liverani: 'There's plenty more hard work ahead'

5 April 2015

Orient boss on Gillingham test

Orient head into tomorrow’s crucial game against Gillingham with back-to-back wins in their bid to avoid relegation, but boss Fabio Liverani knows they is plenty of hard work ahead of them.

The O’s built on their 3-1 home win over Port Vale with a 1-0 triumph at Coventry on Wednesday to move out of the relegation zone for the first time since the end of January.

“We are in a good state of mind going into the game, but we haven’t done anything yet and there is plenty more hard work left to do before now and the end of the season,” said Liverani.

“We are facing a team that is in good form and play good football, but for us it is really important to get the three points to increase our chances of avoiding relegation.

“When there are less and less games to play each fixture grows in importance. The Coventry game was a real six-pointer and it was important we picked up the win against them and it gave us more confidence to achieve our final objective.

“Another good thing was that we kept a clean sheet and we had to defend well as a team for large spells of the game.”

O’s winger Dean Cox and David Mooney remain doubts after missing the Coventry win due to groin and rib injuries respectively, and Liverani will continue to assess his squad ahead of tomorrow’s encounter.

“It is tough for the players when they have to be every three or four days, and we will continue to assess that right up until a few hours kick-off before making our final judgement,”  he added.

The O’s and Gillingham have met twice already this season, with Cody McDonald netting late on in a 3-2 win in the league, before the then Peter Taylor side defeated Orient 1-0 in the area semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The last time Orient hosted Gillingham, they emerged 5-1 victors thanks to goals from David Mooney (2), Dean Cox, Kevin Lisbie and Chris Dagnall.

Gillingham have picked up five wins on the road this season and they came at Doncaster (2-1), Colchester (2-1), Peterborough (2-1), Swindon (3-0) and Crawley (2-1).

Justin Edinburgh’s side sit in 14th place going into tomorrow’s fixture, with 51 points to their name.

They have won three of their last 10 games, but lost out 1-0 to Fleetwood Town on Good Friday.


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