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Leyton Orient defender Cuthbert: Crewe game is massive

PUBLISHED: 15:52 20 November 2014

A dejected Scott Cuthbert on the floor following their late 3-2 loss at Gillingham last weekend. Pic: Simon O'Connor

A dejected Scott Cuthbert on the floor following their late 3-2 loss at Gillingham last weekend. Pic: Simon O'Connor

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Leyton Orient defender Scott Cuthbert insists Saturday’s home game against fellow strugglers Crewe has taken on even greater significance following last weekend’s 3-2 loss at Gillingham.

The O’s dropped into the relegation zone following the late defeat in Kent, which came courtesy of Cody McDonald’s 97th-minute winner.

And while frustrated by that result, the Scottish defender admits O’s have to refocus their mind on the challenge that Crewe will bring as they look to record their first league win of the season at Brisbane Road.

“We just need to go again on Saturday,” said Cuthbert. “Every game is big when you are down the bottom.

“Even if we had won against Gillingham the Crewe game would still be massive. We want to start winning and get as far up the table as we can. Crewe is massive.

“The result on Saturday is important for ourselves and for the club in general. We need a good performance and three points and we need to start picking up points on a more regular basis.”

If there were any positives to take from last weekend’s defeat at Gillingham, it was the returns of Romain Vincelot and David Mooney to the squad from injury.

And with the O’s currently struggling to pick up results, Cuthbert feels the duo, and Kevin Lisbie when he returns from a dislocated shoulder in the near future, can have a positive impact on the team.

“It’s good to have them back,” he added. “David got 20-odd goals for us last year and he’s a massive part of what we do.

“So if we get him and the likes of Romain and Kevin Lisbie back playing well in the team it will only strengthen the squad.”

Many may have expected a slight hangover from Orient’s play-off final disappointment from last season, but not to this extreme.

The O’s have gone through three managers in as many months, but while the main presence in the dressing room may have changed, the 27-year-old Cuthbert knows the team have got to stick together at this challenging time.

“It’s been a disappointing start and we find ourselves in a position that most people thought we wouldn’t be in,” he added.

“But it’s time for us to stand up and to show our character. We have got plenty of that left over from last season and plenty more that has been brought into the team, so it’s time for us to step up and show our character.”

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