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PREVIEW: Nolan - 'It will be a good battle'

12 February 2016

Nolan previews tomorrow's encounter with the league leaders

O's player-manager Kevin Nolan admits tomorrow's encounter with Northampton Town will be a test of how far Orient have come on in recent weeks.

A 1-0 victory at Portsmouth last weekend was the third from four league games since Nolan took charge at the Club and the 33-year-old is keen to pit his wits against the league leaders at the Matchroom Stadium..

"It is going to be a difficult game tomorrow but one I am thoroughly looking forward to playing in hopefully if I get the nod because we haven't picked the team yet!" Nolan told leytonorient.com.

"It will be a good battle and to see where we are as a team because Northampton have won the last six league games  and have only lost one in their last 10  They are on a good run and Chris Wilder has built up a really strong side."

The O's go into the game in seventh place in the League Two table -  the final Play-Off spot, and the player-manager admits they have to produce a string of good results between now and the end of the season to make sure they are in with a shout of promotion.

"We have got to start going on a run if we want to be real contenders for the Play-Offs," he added.

"That team that can go on a run, and emulate what Northampton have done in a sense and go on that unbeaten run where you don't lose games.

"There are going to be times when it is a bit scrappy, and times when you enjoy it and when you can do both that's when you know you have got a good team on your hands. That's what I will be looking for between now and the end of the season."

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