Thursday, 13 August 2009

Promotion test in the next week

Hartlepool's impressive 1-0 win at Coventry last night and the O's 2-1 win at Colchester on Tuesday means that we will face two in-form sides away from home in the next week. The O's have won two away games in-a-row and Hartlepool have drawn at highly rated MK Dons as well as winning at Championship Coventry, keeping two clean sheets in the process.

Methinks we are going to need to get a stranglehold on midfield in both games if we are to avoid our first league defeat of the season. We also can't afford any profligacy in front of goal, certainly nothing like the chances spurned at Hereford.

At least we look like having 500 fans behind us on the long trip to Hartlepool and the largest away following in London for some time at Orient on Tuesday. Tickets sold for that one moved up to over 2200 with 750 being bought yesterday alone. With that level of interest we should sell the 3,000 we've been allocated and have a third of the crowd. It would be a perfect match to win if we can avoid defeat in the north-east on Saturday. Time for some of our players to remember that they are supposed to be better than this league and impose themselves in both games.

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