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PREVIEW: Liverani on Oldham test

20 February 2015

Manager eager for improvement

Orient boss Fabio Liverani hopes they can change the trend and pick up their first home win of 2015 when they host Oldham Athletic tomorrow.

Liverani’s side go into the game on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Bradford City on Wednesday, while Lee Johnson’s Latics have had a free midweek after their 1-0 loss at Boundary Park to Colchester United last weekend.

And despite the loss, the Italian feels his players have responded well on the training ground and are eager to make up for Wednesday’s defeat.

“I have seen my players during the week and they are very determined and focused. We have trained really well,” said Liverani.

“I am happy with the way we have been playing. We have created chances last weekend and on Wednesday.

“It is a shame because we had a good performance on Wednesday, but unfortunately we did not get the continuity in terms of result.”

Oldham sit in eighth place in the League One table coming into the game, and Liverani believes his side should be wary of top goalscorer Jonathan Forte.

“They are in a good position in the league table and they are a solid team,” he added.

“I have seen them play and they are organised, particularly down the left flank, and have a big threat with Jonathan Forte.”

A couple of Orient players remain doubtful for the match, including Dean Cox, who came off with a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s defeat.

“Cox asked to come off because he had a tight hamstring, and it is something we are monitoring with the physio,” he remarked.

“It will be a last minute decision whether to play him or not.  A couple others are carrying niggles and we will have to wait and see if they make it for tomorrow.”

Orient have won just two league games at home all season, and while frustrated by the issue, Liverani knows the importance of an upturn in fortunes in front of their supporters between now and the end of the season.

“I respect the supporters and understand their frustrations,” he said.

“The home form has been a season-long problem, because before I arrived we had only won two games from August until the end of December. Hopefully we can start to change that trend tomorrow.”



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