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Orient is huge game: Coley

9 December 2016

John Coleman says tomorrow's clash at Leyton Orient is a ‘must win' to stop Stanley getting dragged into a League Two relegation battle.

The Reds are in 20th place on 21 points while Orient are three points behind them in 22nd place.Orient have had eight managers since 2014 and Andy Edwards is currently in charge until the end of the season – he was assistant to Alberto Cavasin who was sacked after seven weeks in charge on November 23rd.

“It's a big game for us,” said Coleman, who oversaw his side's victory over Conference National side Woking in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup last Sunday.

“We are in close proximity to them and we need to win. We need to get ourselves into a position where we are not looking over our shoulder. If we do not win at Orient on Saturday then we will be in that position.

“Orient will want to reel us in. The games come thick and fast over Christmas and we are hoping Rommy Boco's equaliser against Yeovil is a turning point for us to go on a run as we need to climb the table.”

Coleman, whose side last won in the league in mid-October, knows his side have to boost their scoring prowess as they have scored one goal in the last four league games

“Confidence is hammered when you don't score goals – when you aren't scoring goals it's a recipe for any slump as obviously you can't win and you are more likely to lose,” continued Coleman.

“It's a simple formula – you have got to take your chances and keep them out at the other end but I think the longer you go without scoring the edgier the defence get and we need to ease that.”

Coleman backs Leyton Orient – who have ex-Red Nicky Hunt in their squad – to turn it around but hopefully not starting on Saturday.

“We don't want to kick start their season. They are a good club with great facilities and they will turn it around eventually but hopefully not starting this weekend.

“They have had a number of managers and change can be damaging as it can take a while to get a feeling for a new manager and learn how he wants to play so it can be difficult for them.

“For us, though, we have a great belief in the way we play, we have a system and any tinkering will be done on the training ground.

“Sometimes you are scratching your head as a manager as you do not get the points your performances deserve but we believe what we are doing is right and we are seeing positive signs.

“We have good players, we are playing them in the right places but for whatever reason we haven't been getting the results in the league. Hopefully we will turn this around and start looking up the table.”


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