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LIVERANI: 'We need a positive reaction'

9 February 2015

Orient boss Fabio Liverani admits it’s vitally important to get a reaction from his side as they prepare to host Notts County tomorrow.

Last time out the O’s lost 4-1 at home to Scunthorpe United, and saw Saturday’s scheduled trip to Rochdale called off because of a frozen Spotland pitch.

Since the Iron defeat Liverani believes the squad has responded well in training, but knows they have to transfer that on to the pitch tomorrow night.

“Everyone was disappointed with the performance against Scunthorpe in our last game here and at the time I thought that was a normal reaction to the loss,” said Liverani.

“We have trained well since then, but we can only prove that by going out on the pitch and delivering a much better performance which will hopefully be good enough for the three points.

“We are eager to get a good reaction. We have already watched several of Notts County’s games and analysed them. 

“We know their strengths and weaknesses and we will be fully prepared for the challenge they possess."

Results at the weekend saw Orient slip to the bottom of the League One table, and while they find themselves in a difficult situation, he believes everyone at the club has to stick together in a bid to get out of the situation they find themselves  in.

“We owe a lot to our supporters,” he added. “We need their support, alongside everyone involved with the club as we try to move up the table.
 
“I knew what the situation was when I joined the club a few months ago, but we all have a common objective and that is to get out of the relegation zone as soon as possible and to make sure we are safe.”

Injuries have been a constant problem for the O’s all season, but both Marvin Bartley and Jobi McAnuff could return to the fold against Shaun Derry’s side tomorrow night after lengthy spells out of the side.

“Marvin Bartley has been back in training and also played in the development team game against Gillingham last week,” said Liverani. “Jobi McAnuff is back in training after four weeks out and we are working hard to get the players back from injury to help improve our situation.”

Liverani has midfielder Ryan Hedges available after the club extended his loan deal until the end of the season from Premier League side Swansea City, while the O's added goalkeeper Alex Cisak to the squad on an emergency loan deal from Burnley, though defender Neal Eardley has returned to parent club Birmingham City.


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