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PREVIEW: Hessenthaler - 'The pressure is off'

11 August 2015

O's assistant looks ahead to Capital One Cup tie

Andy Hessenthaler admits the pressure is all on MK Dons as the O's head to stadiiummk looking to cause a Capital One Cup first round shock.

The O’s go into the game buoyed by an opening-day 2-0 victory over Barnet on Saturday, while tonight’s hosts were 4-1 winners at Rotherham United.

And though wary of Karl Robinson’s side, Hessenthaler knows what it takes to beat them – having defeated the Dons 4-2 in a league game last season while with Gillingham.

“MK Dons are a good side and we know what to expect,” Hessenthaler told leytonorient.com.

“They will pass it out from the back and move the ball around. They are very hard to play against. I was fortunate at Gilllingham to beat MK Dons at home last season and we did very well against them.

“We pretty much know what we have got to do against them, whether they will make any changes from their team from the weekend who knows.

“But it’s a good game for us to play in and there is no real pressure on us  - they are the Championship side and we are now the League Two side so we can go there, work hard and hopefully come away with the win.”

The O’s current squad is on the small side, but Head Coach Ian Hendon may opt to make changes from Saturday’s win.

“The gaffer may make some changes, but we want to keep the squad together and the momentum going. It may be an opportunity for a couple of players who didn’t play on Saturday,” added Hessenthaler.

“It is a small squad but that breeds togetherness. It keeps everyone hungry, but we have got to keep the boys grounded.

“They have had a great result on Saturday, but that’s only the first of 46 league games and we have to remain focused on the job in hand.”

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