Williams not out to get one over United

ORIENT boss Geraint Williams is desperate for his side to build on their recent good results and claim victory over his old side Colchester at the weekend, writes MATT DINER.

ORIENT boss Geraint Williams is desperate for his side to build on their recent good results and claim victory over his old side Colchester at the weekend, writes MATT DINER.

The Welshman spent a decade in Essex employed in various positions at the club, and while he admitted he thoroughly enjoyed his time there, the 47-year-old wants the O's to continue their four-game unbeaten run at Brisbane Road.

"It is just another game and the fact that I was there for a long time has nothing to do with it," said the boss.

"I had 10 happy years at Colchester and they are a well-run family club, much like Orient are. I left on good terms and it is in the past.


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"We have got into good habits and I want that to continue this Saturday.

"The team are defending well and keeping clean sheets, which is really important.

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"We have to make sure we all have to go out there and do our jobs whether it is up front or at the back.

"We have forwards scoring goals and it is a headache I had the intention of having at the start of the season."

If the east Londoners are to continue their impressive recent form this Saturday, they will have to do so without a number of first-team members who are either injured or suspended.

"Jason (Demetriou) and JJ (Melligan) are banned, while Adam Chambers and Sean Thornton are still injured," said Williams.

"Ben Chorley has a slight hamstring problem and I am not sure if he will be fit.

"It does mean we are missing numbers in the midfield, but it just gives an opportunity for someone else to come in and stake a claim for the position.

"'Purch' (Stephen Purches) could be back though, he played with the phantom of the opera mask with the youngsters earlier in the week and came through that fine, so we will see how it goes."

It will be a tough ask against a side currently fourth in the league and Williams himself admitted that it will be a difficult encounter.

"Aidy Boothroyd has come in and done a very good job there," said the manager, after the former Watford boss was at Brisbane Road on Tuesday night to run the rule over Orient as they defeated Brighton.

"They are a big, strong side, who have pace out wide.

"Clive Platt is a big target man and Kevin Lisbie can be very tricky on the wing, but of course we are confident in our own ability.

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