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PREVIEW: Kelly - 'It is a test of our character'

27 September 2016

Midfielder admits O's have to show what they are made of against league leaders

Orient vice captain Liam Kelly admits tonight’s game carries massive importance as they look to bounce back from successive defeats.

Having lost out 1-0 at home to Yeovil Town, they followed up with a 3-1 loss at Notts County – their first away defeat of the campaign.

Kelly admits it’s been a disappointing week, and knows they have to put it right tonight against the League Two leaders.

“It is a massive game for us,” Kelly told leytonorient.com

“Two defeats on the spin is not good enough and it has been a very disappointing week. Hopefully we can learn from this and there is no option, but to put it right against Plymouth.”

The 24-year-old was disappointed with the manner of the goals the O’s conceded at Meadow Lane on Saturday, and admits there has to be an improvement across the pitch.

“I don’t think many teams have cut us open. It is just that concentration,” he added.

“It’s very disappointing. The lads are hurting and the staff. It wasn’t good enough from start to finish at the weekend. 

“I didn’t think there was much in the first half. I didn’t think we played particularly well. We didn’t threaten a great deal but neither did they. It was quite a dead first half and second half we’ve shot ourselves in the foot by conceding a sloppy early goal.

“The goals we are conceding are really poor. If you are going to concede goals like that then you don’t stand a chance in any game this season. It is something we have to look to put right and hopefully it doesn’t happen again.

“We take it on the chin as a team and we need to move on. We have another tough game tonight. It is going to be a good test of character.”


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