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Boss Edinburgh confident O’s will react well to first loss

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 October 2018

Leyton Orient forward James Alabi celebrates (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward James Alabi celebrates (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Leyton Orient should expect a tough game with Maidenhead United this weekend

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is confident his team will respond positively away to Maidenhead United on Saturday after losing for the first time this season last weekend on home turf.

Following a fantastic 13-match run without a defeat, Sutton United did a job on the O’s at the Breyer Group Stadium to claim a 1-0 victory.

Paul Doswell’s team killed the flow of the game and Orient could never build up ahead of steam, and, despite going close to a draw when Dale Gorman hit the crossbar, they lost their unbeaten tag.

Nevertheless, Edinburgh’s men sit second and in a promising position heading into October where the Magpies are the first test of a quieter month.

Edinburgh said: “When any run comes to an end, it is about the next game and you don’t want to be analysing consecutive defeats.

“We need to give ourselves a platform to go again, whether that be a draw or a win, so we go to Maidenhead looking to win, which is our mindset for every game.

“We will look to start something again. That is the mindset for us now and it is about a reaction and I have no doubt there will be a very good one.”

Somewhat surprisingly, O’s head coach Edinburgh is pleased to have a full week on the training ground rather than a midweek game.

If Orient had played on Tuesday of this week, it would have given them an opportunity to bounce back quickly, but this period without a match allows the squad time to recharge their batteries.

Edinburgh will now be eager to see his players back on top form at Maidenhead, but like most fixtures in this division, it will be far from straightforward.

The Magpies, managed by Alan Devonshire, have impressed during September and seen off Eastleigh, Halifax Town and Chesterfield.

New leaders Salford City did win 3-0 at York Road on Saturday though, so Maidenhead will also be looking to bounce back too.

Edinburgh added: “I believe this squad have the right temperament and character to come back from this defeat and it is good we don’t have a midweek game.

“We can take stock of what we have done up until now, assess Saturday and look at the areas where we were not as good as we would like and it allows us a full week to prepare for Maidenhead and to try to get back on track.”

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