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By Trevor Davies, Leyton Orient correspondent
Thursday, September 20, 2012
But defender Chorley expects a tough time
Orient head to Crewe on Saturday looking to record their fourth straight league win, but defender Ben Chorley insists it will not be easy against the side who came up via the play-offs last season.
“It will be a tough game,” said the 29-year-old defender.
“But they are all tough, home and away. That’s the one thing about this league you can guarantee you have got to get seven or eight out of 10 to win the game.”
But after taking nine points from their last three games the defender admitted: “We have got to go there full of confidence.
“Crewe are a young side and they play it the right way, so I am not sure what the game plan will be, but we will go there obviously confident.”
Orient go into the match on the back of a 4-1 win against Yeovil and Chorley was delighted with their biggest victory of the season.
“It was a lot better, we were on the front foot from the start,” he said.
“We knew that Yeovil had a game on Saturday and we had a couple of days extra rest, so the manager was big on the first 15 minutes for us to be dominant and it showed.”
It was Chorley who opened Orient’s goal account after just three minutes with a header – although he didn’t make the cleanest of contacts
“It came of my ear, my shoulder and the next thing I know someone jumped on me. I couldn’t believe it went in. It came off something, I can’t tell you what,” he said.
Orient caused Yeovil problems with long throws. “It seems to be a good weapon quite a few clubs are using it, but I don’t think we have had a long throw for two or three years,” he said.
“A third of all goals are set plays in this league, so the manager tells me, so that is another crucial part and sometimes it’s better than a corner because people are not organised.”
Much of Orient’s recent success has been built on strong defensive performances, but Chorley insists that everyone is playing their part.
“The team is defending well, we are getting to the ball a lot quicker, and we’re winning an awful lot of second balls up the pitch,” he said.
“Whether you like it or not it’s a scrappy game for the first hour normally home and away. You have got to ride the storm.
“I think 18 or 19 teams play that way, you might get four of five teams like Doncaster that pass it, but other than that you have got to scrap every week.”