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Orient striker Batt: We have to start turning it around

10:46 15 December 2014

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O's Shaun Batt celebrates his goal against Peterborough United on Saturday. Pic: Simon O'Connor.

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O’s forward netted his first goal since November 2013 in Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Peterborough United.

The last time Leyton Orient played Peterborough United there were scenes of jubilation.

The O’s had secured their place in the League One play-off final back in May, but seven months later and three managers later they were sinking into the relegation zone with a 2-1 loss.

And striker Shaun Batt admits they have to start turning things round sooner rather than later.

“If you look back from the last time we played Peterborough a lot has changed since then,” said Batt. “It is quite difficult to take and I am sure it is frustrating for the fans as well but it’s good that they are sticking with us.

“Nobody wants to be in the situation we are in and we are all doing everything we can to get ourselves out of it.

“We haven’t become bad players overnight. Thinks aren’t going right at the minute and we need to turn that around. I have every faith that we can get ourselves out of the mess we are in.”

While Saturday ended in defeat it was a welcome return to the starting XI for Batt – the first time since the FA Cup loss at Oldham Athletic on November 8.

It was also a return to the goals for the Peterborough United younger, with his strike being his first since a double in the FA Cup first round in November 2013 against Southport.

And there was certainly a sense of relief for the 27-year-old.

“It has been a while but it was nice to get a start and up front as well. The timing of the goal was a killer.

“I thought we were on top in the first half and we’ve gone a goal down and dominated again.

“It’s a bit of the same story at the minute – We are playing well but we are not getting the results. We need to change that around very quickly.”

And Batt also revealed new manager Fabio Liverani conducted his pre-match team talk in English, adding: “The new manager is working hard to learn English. He did the team talk before the game in English so he is working hard to get his point across.

“It was a paragraph, it was good and he got his points across and it showed with our reaction and how we started the first half. It did the job.”

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