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Orient warned to beware wounded Notts County

Romain Vincelot in action against Colchester on Saturday. Simon O'Connor Romain Vincelot in action against Colchester on Saturday. Simon O'Connor

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
2:05 PM

Notts County’s 6-0 thrashing at Rotherham may have Orient fans licking their lips for Saturday’s trip to Meadow Lane.

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But midfielder Romain Vincelot (pictured above) warned the relegation-threatened side could be a wounded animal as they look to restore pride.

The Frenchman said: “It could be good for us because they might not be positive, but it might also be a slap for them and they could react.

“After a harsh defeat, they’ll defend hard so the result is not reproduced.

“It’s hard to say, but it’s all about us. If we go there with the proper attitude and focus, then it’s in our hands.”

With 12 games to go, the O’s are second in League One, neck and neck with Wolves and Brentford in the race for promotion.

It is tempting to look ahead to the Bees’ visit to Brisbane Road on March 15, but Vincelot has implored Orient to concentrate on the next game.

He added that all 12 will be “cup finals.”

The midfielder said: “It’s a little cup between three teams now and it’s going to be like a final every game.

“We’re still in the race, we have positive momentum and we just have to keep going. Let’s not focus on May 3 yet, we need to focus on the next one.

“It’s still really close at the top, Wolves and Brentford have two games in hand. It was nice to get back in the dressing room and see Brentford dropped points.”

Vincelot got through a lot of work on a hard afternoon against Colchester.

The Essex side can count themselves unlucky not to come away with a point.

But the Frenchman thinks the way Orient scored the winner three minutes after conceding an equaliser shows the character the squad possesses.

“I’m really pleased with the attitude and the spirit to come back,” he said.

“We stayed solid, everyone worked hard for the man next to him and it got us the points.

“We would have been in more control if we’d got the second goal in the first half, but they came with a solid shape, really compact in midfield and just one up front in Jabo (Ibehre). It was difficult for us.”

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