McGleish: We will put it right

Scott McGleish, the club s most experienced player, has vowed that Orient will bounce back following their mauling at Southend last Friday, writes TREVOR DAVIES. The O s were crushed by a three-goal second half blast and during the warm down, the players

Scott McGleish, the club's most experienced player, has vowed that Orient will bounce back following their mauling at Southend last Friday, writes TREVOR DAVIES.

The O's were crushed by a three-goal second half blast and during the warm down, the players held an impromptu post mortem on the pitch, and McGleish is certain the team will put things right against Exeter City on Saturday.

Orient have yet to win at home in the league this season, but the striker insists the players are determined to put Friday night's shocker behind them and pick up that elusive home victory.

"That's the best thing about football, there is always another game," growled the striker, as he left the Roots Hall pitch.

"We're obviously disappointed. I thought the first half was fairly even, but in the second half we were not happy with our performance.

"We didn't play, but we will rectify it. We know that and we know what we have got to do.

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"We're disappointed with the performance and the result, but we will put it right," insisted the 35-year-old hitman, who has made almost 600 Football League appearances during his career.

McGleish believes that apart from last Friday's slump at the seaside, Orient's form has not been too bad this term.

"I don't think we need to do a lot different. Other than tonight, our performances have been fairly good, considering the results haven't been fantastic. But they have been good, up until the second half tonight," he said.

"But we will get it right and we will get it together and put things right," added the striker, who has netted 181 league goals in a much-travelled career.

The O's had looked the more composed side during the opening 45 minutes at Roots Hall and McGleish added: "The first half we were quite content with. I'm not saying we were overjoyed with the performance, but we were content with it. We know the second half was not good enough. But we, as players, will put it right."

Certainly, McGleish and company will not have a better chance to put the record straight on Saturday when newly promoted Exeter City arrive in town.

They currently sit just one place above the drop zone and, like Orient, have taken five points from their opening six games.

Their solitary success has been on the road, when they won 1-0 at Carlisle United three weeks ago.

Last weekend they were beaten 3-0 at Gillingham, and they also lost at Leeds on the opening day.

O's boss Geraint Williams should be able to make changes if he sees fit for Saturday's clash.

Defender Ben Chorley, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, should be available, and keeper Jamie Jones may have recovered from a hip injury.

While Jason Demetriou will be back from international duty.

One big bonus for Williams is that Adam Chambers made his first start since last March at Roots Hall on Friday night and was the best Orient player on view.

He is likely to keep his place in the centre of midfield, while loan signing Kristian O'Leary will also give Williams more options.

The Welshman came on as a substitute at Roots Hall, but looked a little short of match fitness.

But the performance of midfielder Chambers was the one crumb of comfort for Williams on Friday night.

The O's boss admitted: "Adam Chambers was fantastic, considering it was his first start for a number of months."

Chambers lasted for the first 69 minutes and Williams added: "I didn't want him to suffer a recurrence of any strains when he was over tired."

The O's boss, looking to strengthen his squad, gave a trial to former defender Sam Oji, who made 15 appearances for the club two seasons ago, in Tuesday's reserve team game against Crystal Palace.

But Oji was stretchered off with a leg injury midway through the first half and O's ended up losing 9-2!

Williams will be looking for a reaction from the players on Saturday and said. "We had a good chat in the dressing room after the Southend game and we can't go out and perform like that again, we're all agreed on that.

"We're very, very disappointed about the second half performance and there can be no excuses for it.

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