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PREVIEW: Cavasin - 'We need to build momentum'

21 October 2016

O's boss on tomorrow's trip to Victoria Park

Manager Alberto Cavasin admits the O's current league position is not good enough, but is calling for his side to bounce back to winning ways tomorrow at Hartlepool United.

Cavasin was pleased with aspects of Orient's performance last weekend, but after a strong week on the training pitch, is hoping to pick up his first win as manager at Victoria Park.

“For a good portion of the game we managed to develop a good style of football,” he told leytonorient.com.

“We managed to create some good opportunities that came close to goal, and played good football.

“At the same time however, we also let our opponents play too much and we have to improve in that area. We lacked a level of consistency and did not produce the standard of football of which we want to achieve throughout the whole game.

“We know where we are in the table right now and it is not good enough. If we can start to build momentum over the coming weeks and pick up some points starting tomorrow that can see the table change however.

“This week we have been focussing on preparing for the best possible performance this weekend. We are trying to not only build our style of football, but also create a team at the same time because ultimately that is what will bring results.”

Hartlepool have yet to pick up a home win so far this season, but the 60-year-old knows the threat they pose for the O’s tomorrow.

“Hartlepool are a good team who have some very important players in attack, with Nathan Thomas being one of their main threats,” he added.

“They are a team who like to play a lot of football on the ground and are capable of creating a number of good players even in the final third.

“We know how they will be looking to play and are aware that we have to produce an excellent team performance this weekend if we are to come away with a victory.”

Cavasin has been boosted by the return of skipper Robbie Weir from suspension, while Nigel Atangana was back in the side last weekend as well, and feels both can play an integral part in getting the O’s back up the table.

“Last weekend we welcomed Nigel back into the team, and to have Robbie available for the trip to Hartlepool is a huge boost,” he added.

“Both players can be key for us and therefore their return to the pitch is a big positive and important for the team.”

However, the O’s must do without vice-captain Liam Kelly following his successful operation on his torn hamstring in the week, and while admitting it is a big blow, feels the midfielder can come back stronger from the disappointment.

“Liam underwent surgery earlier on this week and unfortunately it is going to take quite a while for him to come back and make a full recovery,” said Cavasin.

“As a person Liam is a strong character, and we know that mentally he will be able to get through this difficult time.

“He is already getting better and has a great determination. As a club we will remain close to him and wish him the very best in his recovery.”

Tomorrow’s trip represents one of the longest of the season for the fans, and the Italian hopes to send them home happy with victory tomorrow afternoon.

“It is a very distant match away from home this weekend, and we understand that the supporters will be making sacrifices in order to attend the match,” he added.

“We appreciate their support greatly and feeling their warmth is particularly important at this moment in time.

“We all know we are not where we want to be in the table and are doing our best to address that.

“We would like to thank the fans for their support up to this point, but also to the many who will be making the long trip to Hartlepool tomorrow.”


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