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INTERVIEW: Moncur - 'We have strong characters'

13 March 2017

Midfielder keen for response at Accrington

Orient midfielder Freddy Moncur believes the O’s have plenty of strong characters in the side as they look to bounce back tomorrow night at Accrington Stanley.

The O’s go into the game on the back of a 3-0 home reverse to Grimsby Town, and while everyone is disappointed with the result, the 20-year-old feels we have enough in us to pick up a positive result at the Wham Stadium.

“Everyone is understandably down after the result, but we have some strong characters. We have taken a few knocks this year but we will come again,” Moncur told leytonorient.com.

“The fans were top class at the weekend and their reaction to us losing 3-0 has helped soften the blow a little bit and made us want to go again and do it for them on Tuesday.

“We have to worry about ourselves rather than looking at results elsewhere. We can only affect what we do out on the pitch and we need to get something from Tuesday’s game.”

Orient dominated large spells of the encounter with the Mariners at the weekend and the youngster was disappointed at not turning that into too many chances on his home league debut for the club.

“In patches I thought we played well. We got the ball down and played really nicely. I cannot remember any other chances for them other than the goals and it is a tough one to take,” he added.

“It is always disappointing to concede early in a game because when we scored early on last weekend at Newport it gave us a massive lift, so it was a bit of kick in the teeth.

“I was proud of the way the lads responded though. After they scored the opener we were the only side in it in my opinion for the first half.

“If you look at the possession we had, we didn’t have a cutting edge and that cost us. We didn’t force their goalkeeper into pulling off that many saves despite the good positions we were getting in.”

Moncur has had a positive impact on the team following his first inclusion off the bench in the defeat at Stevenage, and the midfielder has been pleased to take his chance after having to bide his time for first-team opportunities in E10.

“I have waited a long time but it’s been great to be involved,” he remarked.

“I have kept working hard and I am thankful for the gaffer to give me an opportunity to play and every time I go out there I want to repay him for the faith he has shown in me.”

Moncur has made all three appearances alongside Michael Collins in the middle of midfield and he admits it has been great to have such an experienced team-mate to learn from.

“Micky helps me so much in the middle. In the three games I have played I have been lucky to play alongside him. He’s experienced and such a top player,” he added.

“Off the field he helps me out a lot as well. He has told me to just relax and I’ll take care of it just like he did at the hotel before Newport.

“Having someone like that put their arms round you before the game really calms you down and helps you a lot.”

Moncur also has a lot of time for winger Gavin Massey, who is now back available to the O’s following a two-game suspension, and the O’s Academy graduate believes his return is a big lift for the O’s as they head to Lancashire.

“Gav is class and I don’t think there are many better wingers in this division,” he added.

“I have watched Gavin at Colchester when my brother George was there and he was one of the best wingers so to have him back is a massive boost.”


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