Jones is looking up as O’s make move
ORIENT goalkeeper Jamie Jones is adamant the O s won t be relegated to League Two this season, writes MATT DINER. The Londoners currently sit one place above the drop zone, but after a recent improvement in form under new boss Geraint Williams, confidence
ORIENT goalkeeper Jamie Jones is adamant the O's won't be relegated to League Two this season, writes MATT DINER.
The Londoners currently sit one place above the drop zone, but after a recent improvement in form under new boss Geraint Williams, confidence is high.
"The manager has come in and made quite a big impact on the results. Everyone is working really hard at the moment and playing very well," smiled the 20-year-old.
"We can definitely register good results over the next few weeks and get ourselves away from the bottom, and start moving up the table. Over the last couple of weeks we have dragged ourselves out of the bottom four and we will keep improving."
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"If you offered me 20th place I would not take it. We can achieve a lot better than that.
"We don't deserve the bad luck that we have had this campaign and I don't think 20th place would be fair on us."
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Despite the club's recent good form, which has seen them pick up seven points from a possible nine, Jones admitted he is surprised that the club find themselves at the wrong end of the table.
"You look at the team we had in pre-season, the individuals and the morale within the group and you would never have thought we would be in a relegation scrap," said the former Everton stopper.
"However, that's football and I do feel we have not had much luck this season.
"Defensively I think we have been quite good and you have to look a lot higher in the league to find teams with a better defensive record. The problem is, we just have not been scoring enough goals. But as a team I feel we are getting better."
That improvement can certainly be said of the Kirkby-born stopper, who himself has been in tremendous form since coming into the side at the expense of Glenn Morris, and after three shut-outs in a row, there are few that are arguing with his selection.
"I have been really proud to be playing and the main thing for me is to keep clean sheets," he smiled.
"I'm always working hard to improve all aspects of my game and I feel playing first team football is helping me improve even more. This season is the first time I have played at this level and it has been a great experience for me."
It is likely Jones will make his seventh league appearance on Saturday when the O's travel to Hereford, a game which is billed as a must-win for both teams.
"It won't be an easy game for us and they have been in good form themselves, but I believe we can go there and take the win," said the talented keeper.
"We come into training and we train for the game on Saturday, and this Saturday happens to be against Hereford and it is a real six-pointer.
"We don't look at fixtures too far into the future and we are just taking each game as it comes.