Steve Davis urges Leyton Orient to grab National League by the scruff of the neck

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 27 September 2017

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Just five points separates Leyton Orient in 13th position and leaders Sutton United after 12 games

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis is hoping his team can hit a consistent run of form which will see them move to the top of the National League.

After a recent three-match losing streak, the O’s have dropped to 13th, although are only five points off Sutton United in first place.

Before the weekend, Aldershot Town were top and showed why during the opening 30 minutes at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

Orient were two goals down and struggling, but fought back and could have won it in the end, which shows the unpredictability of the division this season.

“I don’t think there is a really outstanding side at the moment because no team has grabbed the league by the scruff of the neck and gone on a good run,” said Davis.

“Everyone seems to be winning a couple of games and then losing a few, so that seems to be the way it is.

“I think the team which can get some consistency and form is going to go to the top and then it is about staying there.

“At the moment, nobody seems able to stay in first place, but at some stage you would like to think the league will sort itself out because it is very congested.

“There doesn’t seem to be a runaway leader because anyone can beat anyone and Saturday was hard for us.

“Aldershot played some really good football and it was an open game and particularly in the second half. It was end-to-end and it was a good spectacle.”

You would imagine the Shots and Orient will be near the top of the table come the end of the campaign, assuming both can hit a level of consistency.

What is not helping O’s cause at the moment is the growing injury list they have with George Elokobi, who is unlikely to play again in 2017.

Davis conceded the centre of defence is a position where Orient could be light should other players pick up problems.

He added: “With George out until around Christmas time, it leaves a gap there if we pick up another injury like one Josh (Coulson) had with his groin.

“If we want to go to three centre backs we can’t do that at the moment, so we have (Michael) ‘Clarky’ who can come in, but Aron Pollock is injured, so we might need to strengthen in that area, but we’ll look at it this week.”

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