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PREVIEW: Collins - 'We are working hard'

20 January 2017

Midfielder on bouncing back tomorrow against the Shrimps

O’s midfielder Michael Collins admits it’s down to the players to put things right, starting tomorrow against Morecambe.

The 30-year-old is disappointed with the last three results which have seen Orient fail to pick up a point, but knows the group of players at Andy Edwards’ disposal are capable of more in the bid to move away from the relegation zone.

“I don’t think we are where we are because of being unstructured or not knowing what we are doing, everyone knows their roles,” he told leytonorient.com.

“We just have to cut out them individual mistakes we are making, and that is collectively. I am not pointing the finger at anyone individually because if a defender makes a mistake sometimes you have got to look back 45 seconds to see if the striker made the initial error which led to that.

“It is a collective thing and we understand that as players. We are working hard every day to put things right and everything that is happening on the outside is of no interest to me.

“All that matters is that we turn up every day and focus on what we are doing. Everyone else can talk what they want to talk but we need to come in with the right mind-set, work hard and get out of this situation.”

Morecambe arrive in E10 undefeated in 2017 and have collected six more points than the O’s ahead of the encounter.

“I’ve been in these sort of situations before where you are either both going for promotion or both battling relegation and you soon find that if you sit there and think “it’s ok we’ve got 20 games left” it very soon becomes only eight or even less and you haven’t quite been able to pull away which means you are then in serious trouble so we can’t afford to overlook any game from now until the end of the season.

“Every game is a massive opportunity for us to get points on the board and the ultimate aim has got to be just to get as many points on the board as soon as possible to get us safe, and anything after that is a bonus.

“There is no point in getting ahead of ourselves and talking unrealistically, this is the situation we find ourselves in.”

Despite the three successive defeats for the O’s, the 30-year-old feels a string of good results is just around the corner.

“It was a disappointing one after the game and we had got back into the dressing room,” said Collins on the Portsmouth result.

“I thought a lot of effort and graft had gone into it and unfortunately we shot ourselves in the foot again with the goals that we conceded.

“It’s something that has crept into our game of late but we have been working hard as players on a daily basis with the Gaffer to try and put things right.

“I honestly don’t think we are a million miles away but I when you are having a hard time things go against you. We have to keep going and believe that we can turn the corner.

“Within this group there is still that mind-set and we go into the game against Morecambe viewing it totally different to last week and go again.”


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