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PREVIEW: Edwards - 'We need to show spirit and togetherness'

20 January 2017

O's boss ahead of crucial Shrimps test

O’s boss Andy Edwards knows his side needs to stand up and be counted when facing a six-pointer against Morecambe tomorrow afternoon.

Orient have lost the last three games, but hopes for the same level of spirit and never-say-die attitude that was in evidence in last weekend’s 2-1 loss at Portsmouth.

“It was another disappointing result and a chance to pick up some points has escaped us again,” he told leytonorient.com.

“The performance was spirited and we were committed throughout. We were under a lot of pressure, particularly in the first half and we were pleased to go in at 1-1 after Gavin’s fantastic strike.

“It was a cheap goal to concede in the second half. We didn’t create much but we stayed in the game and it is certainly something we can take encouragement from.

“I don’t think we can complain about getting beat as they were the better side. The spirit and character we showed to stay in the game, and putting bodies on the line is something we need to continue to display and hopefully results will turn our way.”

Edwards admits tomorrow’s game against the Shrimps is extremely vital in order for the O’s to move away from the relegation zone, though is wary of Jim Bentley’s side considering their unbeaten start to 2017.

“It is a very important game for us given the situation we are in with not being too far above the relegation zone means this is a good opportunity to get a win,” he added.

“They are a side in good form and they are unbeaten this year. I understand they have financial problems there but Jim Bentley has commented about the spirit and togetherness his club are showing and we have spoken about that ourselves with the troubles we have.

“It is a very important game and a six-pointer and it is an opportunity we can ill afford to miss.”

He added: “Barnet aside the home form has been good but we are under no illusions of the task ahead because it is a tough game against a good footballing side.

“Tomorrow, and the other 19 games we have this season all look like cup finals with a squad that is not big in numbers. We are very young and inexperienced but hopefully there is plenty of fighting spirit there.”

The O’s can welcome back 17-year-old Sam Dalby up front, who scored on his first senior start , but Orient have doubts over French trio Yvan Erichot, Teddy Mezague and Nigel Atangana who missed training on Thursday ahead of the fixture.

“Sam is back in contention and that is a plus as Ollie and Paul are the only senior strikers available. It does give some opportunities for the younger players to maybe stake a claim.

The likes of Yvan, teddy and Nigel missed training on Thursday so we will have to wait and see on that trio. Jens Janse remains unavailable.”


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