Home, sweet home for O's boss Williams
ORIENT will look to stretch their unbeaten home run to seven games when they entertain promotion-chasing Huddersfield on Saturday, WRITES TREVOR DAVIES. The O s have not lost at Brisbane Road this year and their last home defeat was back in December when
ORIENT will look to stretch their unbeaten home run to seven games when they entertain promotion-chasing Huddersfield on Saturday, WRITES TREVOR DAVIES.
The O's have not lost at Brisbane Road this year and their last home defeat was back in December when Southend edged the derby clash 2-1.
Since then they have beaten Yeovil, Bristol Rovers and Walsall and drawn with Brighton, Leeds and Swindon.
It is Orient's record at the Matchroom that is keeping them out of danger, as they have picked up 27 of their 41 points at home this season.
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O's boss Geraint Williams believes that a good home record is one of the keys to being successful.
"It's important to get the home form right," he said.
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"I know that's not been the case here for the last number of years, but it's not too bad this season.
"When you talk to people in football, they are not looking forward to coming to Brisbane Road anymore and that's a start.
"Now we have to make sure that continues by beating teams as much as we can."
The O's have lost just five league games at home this season, but Huddersfield will pose a big threat as they crushed Orient 4-0 earlier in the season and Williams knows his side will be given a tough test.
"It's a great game to look forward to," said the O's chief.
"Huddersfield are a smashing football team and we got taken apart up there in the second half. So, hopefully, we can give them some of that back.
"It will be a tough game. They are a good footballing side and will bring a good following with them, so there will be a great atmosphere and I'm sure the lads will be up for that one."
Saturday's success lifted the O's on to the 41-point mark, eight clear of the relegation battle, and Williams wants to chalk up three more wins as soon as possible.
That would all but guarantee survival, but the O's boss insists he wants to look upwards rather than over his shoulder.
"We have got 41 points and we have got to get to 50 as soon as possible," he said.
"Then, who knows, we will have a sneaky look at getting to 60 - that's the way we'll do it.
"It's funny in football, when you get your performance and your results rights, other results go for you as well."
The O's boss is likely to have a couple of selection posers ahead of Saturday's game.
Skipper Stephen Purches limped off with a calf injury during the second half of Saturday's clash with Walsall and is a doubt, while goalkeeper Jamie Jones is suffering with a back injury sustained at Oldham.
Glenn Morris came in for his first start since November and kept a clean sheet on Saturday, but Jones looks set to resume training before the weekend.
Williams was delighted with the way his side ended their seven-game winless run last weekend.
"It was about us getting back to basics and I thought we did that on a difficult pitch against a good team and we thoroughly deserved the win," he said.