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PREVIEW: Liverani wary of 'confident' Peterborough

6 March 2015

Orient boss keen to get back to winning ways

Orient boss Fabio Liverani is wary of coming up against a Peterborough side high on confidence when they make the trip to the ABAX Stadium tomorrow.

After Posh opted to sack manager Darren Ferguson they have picked up two wins against Bradford City and Sheffield United with Academy and Youth Team Manager Dave Robertson in temporary charge.

And while disappointed with Tuesday’s 3-1 home loss to Bristol City, Liverani hopes to put in another solid display at the ABAX Stadium, and this time come away with three points.

“We watched the game back from Tuesday night and I am convinced we played well, but unfortunately we were playing the team top of the table,” Liverani told leytonorient.com.

“They are a strong side and as soon as we made a mistake they punished us.

“Peterborough are  a team who were going through quite a bad time before the caretaker manager came in, but they have changed that and have two consecutive wins.

“Their confidence is up as well. They are a decent side, but if we can play to the best of our ability hopefully we can get a better result than Tuesday.”

Orient’s fortunes have improved in recent weeks, with three wins from their last five games and naturally confidence in the camp has grown.

“It was only a matter of time before the confidence would come back to the players and now the players know me better and I know them better,” he added.

“A new manager needs time and it depends on many factors. It took us a while to get to know each other better and get on the right track. The performances are showing that.”

In comparison to when he first joined the O’s the squad is relatively injury-free. And with a number of games in quick succession, he believes it’s important to have as many options available to him as possible.

“We are recovering the majority of players and now it is a matter of managing the squad because when we play every three days the time that is required to recover mentally and physically after a knock is limited,” he said.

“We still have 24 hours to decide who is starting and who will be on the bench. Who is on the bench is particularly important when there is an intense game schedule and they can change the game.

“It is a good feeling now to be able to have options and to have to decide who is out of the squad.

“I know I can pick a starting XI, the bench, and unfortunately also those who are not on the bench. It’s good that I am able to make those decisions rather than having to be forced to make those changes because of injuries.”


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