Cox can’t wait to visit Wales

Leyton Orient midfielder Dean Cox celebrates with team mate Frazer Shaw after scoring against Dagenh

Leyton Orient midfielder Dean Cox celebrates with team mate Frazer Shaw after scoring against Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGS Photo). - Credit: David Simpson/TGS Photo

Orient ace is always looking forward to the next game this season

Leyton Orient make the trip to Wales this weekend to take on Newport County and Dean Cox can’t wait for the match to start.

The O’s midfielder is positively buzzing about the current season after helping the Brisbane Road outfit go top of League Two on Tuesday night.

Last Saturday they managed to beat local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge in their own patch and although the travelling is a little bit further this weekend, three points to the Orient is expected to be the outcome again.

Cox, 28, hopes Ian Hendon’s side can continue their successful start to the year, but conceded they are also not the team to beat this season.

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He added: “When you are winning it is good when the games do come round the corner because you have that continuity and we are doing really well. You are literally rolling your sleeves up, coming in and playing again.

“We are looking forward to the game but with a small squad after Newport, hopefully we can get the three points, rest up and get fresh and recuperate.

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“I think we have something planned for next week, they have already told us, so we are going to Newport to hopefully get the three points, rest and then go again.

“Of course we aren’t the team to beat. We will keep going as we are, we are doing well and we just want to continue that.”

Cox believes he is in the best shape he has been for a long time after a gruelling pre-season schedule under Hendon.

He took the players to Spain for a training camp and it certainly wasn’t a holiday as he put his squad through their paces.

It seems to have been a master stroke, though, because all of the Orient team look fit and strong and competition for places is good.

On Tuesday night the strength in depth available to the O’s boss was demonstrated with second half substitutes Blair Turgott and Ollie Palmer both finding the net in the 3-0 triumph against Stevenage.

“We are scoring a lot of goals and we are not conceding many. We have had a really tough pre-season, my hardest and I have been moaning a lot during the summer because I hate running,” said Cox.

“But I feel really fit and so do the other lads and as you can see we are working hard for each other. That is what it is all about.

“Ollie is a nightmare isn’t he? He is six foot something and I wouldn’t like to play against him. He come on against Stevenage and showed why we brought him in, he did really well.

“All of the substitutes did really well. ‘Dunney’ was introduced and you can see he isn’t going to take no mercy with anyone, he is an absolute nutter, but you need them in your team.

“He is a war horse and we have got such a good squad here, a small one, but a good one. All the subs coming on have worked hard and it is competition for places and we are looking forward to the next match.”

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