Legzdins: JPT victory ‘massive’ as O’s prepare for season defining games
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 November 2014
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Goalkeeper Adam Legzdins made his return from injury to help the O’s pick up their first home win of the season, and he believes the victory is ‘massive’ as they look to make amends for a below-par campaign to date.
A 2-0 triumph over Northampton Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area quarter-final on Tuesday night saw the O’s win at Brisbane Road for the first time since the play-off semi-final triumph over Peterborough back on May 13 – a staggering wait of 182 days.
And though that success came against League Two opposition, the 27-year-old Legzdins feels it will be a big boost ahead of two ‘season-defining games’ against fellow strugglers Gillingham on Saturday and Crewe the following weekend.
“I think the win is massive,” said Legzdins.
“These next two games define our season. It’s two league games which we think are winnable, but in fairness we think all our games are winnable.
“We’ve got to remember we are a good side who were expected to do well this season.
“There have been enough excuses to use, but it’s now time to stop using those excuses and look at ourselves, pull our socks up and get on with it.”
Orient’s recent poor run, along with the off-the-field changes at Brisbane Road, would test the resolve of most squads.
And the former Derby stopper revealed the team have taking part in some bonding sessions which he feels have focused the group on turning around their fortunes on the pitch.
“It is a happy dressing room now,” added Legzdins. “‘Clarkey’ (captain Nathan Clarke) spoke about it, but we have tried to improve team morale and had a couple of bonding sessions and I think it has really helped.
“Maybe now we are just starting to realise all the stuff that has happened
off the pitch shouldn’t affect us.
“I know it can do, but now is the time to just focus on what we do best. There’s some really good players in the dressing room and this cup win can really help us build.”