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PREVIEW: Cavasin - 'This is a big opportunity'

18 November 2016

O's boss previews tomorrow's home game with Blackpool

With back-to-back home games Orient boss Alberto Cavasin believes this is a crucial period for the squad to boost the O's league position.

The away form is in stark contrast to the home, with just one league win to date at the Matchroom Stadium, but Cavasin admits the next few days, with fixtures against Blackpool and Exeter City carry huge significance if the O’s are to move up the table.

“This is now a big chance for us to build some momentum through results,” Cavasin told leytonorient.com.

“The away record has not been so bad but we have to start winning at home. Our objective is to put together a series of positive results and it will show everyone what this squad is capable of this season.

“If we are to fulfil our aims this season we know we have to start replicating our away form at home. If we do that then there is no doubt we will begin a rise up the table.”

Just eight points separate League Two bottom side Newport County and Crewe Alexandra in sixth and with that in mind Cavasin knows the importance of putting together a strong run of results.

“The league is very tight and a number of teams are all on similar points total,” he remarked.

“Very few teams have been able to build up a lot of momentum, but our objective is to prove we have the ability to be up towards the top of the league and to do that we need to build on the win at Colchester.”

Jay Simpson notched his first goals of the season in the win at Colchester last weekend, and Cavasin hopes last season’s top goalscorer now has the confidence to help propel the O’s up the table.

“Jay notched his first two goals of the season and he plays a vital role for us having been last season’s stand-out goalscorer. Hopefully that is a start of a good run for both Jay and ourselves,” he added.

“The team showed a lot of character at Colchester and having started the game really well we were able to build on that.

“We kept that same mentality for the whole of the match and to come away with the victory was absolutely vital for us. As a group I believe we have found our identity and we can build on the victory.”

Blackpool come into the game on the back of a 4-0 success against Notts County and the Italian is wary of the Tangerines threat ahead of tomorrow’s encounter.

“Blackpool will be very dangerous and though their results have been better at home then they have on their travels, their latest win shows what performances they are capable of,” said Cavasin.

Cavasin also gave an update on the injuries ahead of the fixture, saying: “Jens Janse has still got some problems with his shoulder and Ulrich Nnomo is having a few issues with the ankle injury he picked up against Crewe.

“Harry Cornick is currently back with his parent club AFC Bournemouth receiving treatment on his injury and he won’t be available to us in the short term, but everyone else is fit and raring to go.”


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