Orient boss prepares side for important clash with GloversLeyton Orient manager Fabio Liverani is fully aware of the importance of tomorrow’s match when the O’s host fellow strugglers Yeovil Town.
Terry Skiverton’s side picked up a late victory at home to Oldham Athletic last Saturday but were defeated 3-0 by Bristol City at Huish Park on Tuesday night and remain at the foot of League One.
Orient are currently two points above the Glovers in 21st but following last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Peterborough, the O’s are two points from safety and Liverani is hoping for an improved performance this Saturday.
“The Peterborough game wasn’t a particularly good one to watch but also I have to say it was a pretty bad game for us,” Liverani told leytonorient.com
“They scored a lucky goal but didn’t actually create too much in terms of chances. We tried to equalise in the second half and I think it was a game we deserved to draw but it didn’t happen and that is why it was disappointing.
“Saturday is very important for the football club when we come up against Yeovil. It will be crucial for not only this season but also next season as winning on Saturday will be sure to strengthen either teams survival hopes.”
Liverani was also dealt a huge blow at Peterborough last weekend as midfielder Romain Vincelot was stretchered off. Scans this week have revealed a medial knee ligament injury and the Frenchman will miss the remainder of the season.
“The injury to Romain Vincelot is a huge loss but we still have alternative players available in midfield such as Bartley, Wright and Pritchard who are all important to the team,” he added. “Lloyd James is also now back in training so he will add another option when he returns to full fitness.
“Of course losing a player of Vincelot’s quality comes as a massive blow but I still believe we have enough quality within the team.”
Shane Lowry and Ryan Hedges missed out last weekend through injury but Liverani is hoping to have at least one of them available for selection this weekend.
“At this moment Lowry is not in full training but Hedges trained with the team on Thursday. Today we will look closely at all of the players and I will make my decision then.
“Overall, both the physical and mental condition of the squad is good at this moment in time. We are aware that this game is very important for our season and the players know that as well.
“Every game is now doubly important for us to get the three points. When we come up against teams in a similar position to ourselves it becomes a six-pointer.”
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