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MANAGER: We know they'll be a tough opponent

Chris Beech ahead of the visit of Leyton Orient

9 February 2021

It’s another game under the lights for the Blues tomorrow as they face Leyton Orient in a rearranged fixture – the second of seven outings in an action-packed month.

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Looking ahead to what will be another tough encounter, manager Chris Beech said: “They have a few challenges themselves with injuries at the moment, but they have one of the best goal scorers in the league and they’ve got very physical, tall, attacking wide players.

“In midfield they have good industry and technique and they have some real strong defenders. They’ve got what you need to do well, I’m sure they’re trying to make sure the second half of the season goes well for them.

“That’s why I know they’ll be a very, very good opponent. I expect them to be competitive, because it’s a squad full of talent.

“They have some players that can take players on, players that are very energised, and they look very good when I’ve seen them play. I’m really looking forward to playing against a very good opponent. We won’t take anybody lightly that’s for sure.”

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On the job being done by O’s boss Ross Embleton, he commented: “Ross has done a very good job, it’s become his job after what’s gone on at the club.

“I knew Justin [Edinburgh] as well, I had a real good night out with him a few years ago. Ross has done a very good job picking up the work that Justin started, and well done to him.”

One thing guaranteed by this group is that last Tuesday’s result will be behind them, with full focus on the 90 minutes ahead,

“I’m not sure the lads need to respond, because if you look at the home defeats in the league, we lost to Cheltenham on a penalty,” he told us. “Jon Mellish got fouled prior to them gaining that penalty.

“The other day we lost to a penalty and a free-kick, and they’re the only two games we’ve lost in half a season at home. I wouldn’t look too deeply into it other than we didn’t win.

“Could we have won the other day, yes, were Forest Green good, yes, did we have a goal disallowed that should have stood, yes, did we hit the post when on another day it could have gone in or bounced back to one of our players, yes.

“If we keep pushing, we won’t always get what we want but more things will land that we like.”

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