Clarke positive before Donny visit
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Orient captain reflects on 1-1 with Crewe and looks ahead to next home match
Leyton Orient captain Nathan Clarke is confident ahead of tomorrow’s pivotal League One clash with Doncaster Rovers at Brisbane Road.
Fabio Liverani’s men extended their unbeaten run to four matches last weekend after drawing 1-1 with Crewe Alexandra.
Darius Henderson scored at Gresty Road to earn a point that keeps the O’s out of the bottom four on goal difference.
They can move further away from the relegation places with success against Donny and Orient’s skipper is thrilled to have another match so soon after Saturday’s stalemate.
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“That is brilliant to have Doncaster on Tuesday,” said Clarke. “Get the games in thick and fast! I think we are a confident group, we are looking forward and we are excited to play Doncaster.
“We need to concentrate on ourselves and, as the manager says to us, it is in our hands.
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“We have got to be confident and positive and look forward to the next match.”
Liverani’s men are currently 19th in the table following their point against the Railwaymen, but they could be so much higher.
If they had taken their chances at Gresty Road and secured all three points they would have risen three league places.
But one-time O’s loan goalkeeper Paul Rachubka was in good form for Crewe and saved efforts from Jobi McAnuff, Chris Dagnall and Ryan Hedges to earn his side a share of the spoils.
Clarke added: “Maybe if we had taken our time a little bit more with our chances, then we would have come away with a win.
“It is always the same. When you have got a keeper who used to play for yourselves it is a difficult one. Fair play to him he did well and ended up getting man of the match.”
Orient looked more likely to grab a winner on Saturday, with Crewe struggling to break down Clarke and his fellow defenders.
The Brisbane Road skipper was pleased with the performance of the back four, adding: “You have got to be switched on and you can’t be daydreaming at the back.
“We had a lot of possession, but Crewe were also a threat themselves. They have good movement, but I felt as the game went on the defence grew into the match.
“Second half, we knew we could come at them and get the ball wide to Jobi and Hedges. I thought they were a threat all day and especially with Dags and Henderson up front you have always got a chance.”
Unfortunately O’s couldn’t taken their opportunities, and it is now down to them to make sure this point at Crewe is one that helps them stay up this season.