Crewe trip crucial for Alex

O's keeper Alex Cisak makes a save (pic: Simon O'Connor)

O's keeper Alex Cisak makes a save (pic: Simon O'Connor) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Cisak sets sights on Orient success

O's keeper Alex Cisak punches clear at
Coventry (pic: Simon O'Connor)

O's keeper Alex Cisak punches clear at Coventry (pic: Simon O'Connor) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Leyton Orient keeper Alex Cisak believes a win at Crewe on Saturday will go a long way to preserving their League One status.

And he is sure that an unbeaten run to the finish line over the next few weeks will certainly be enough to keep Fabio Liverani’s men out of the bottom four.

Cisak impressed in a thrilling 3-3 Bank Holiday Monday draw with Gillingham, after last Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Coventry.

And speaking of the trip to Gresty Road he said: “It’s a massive game and hopefully we’ve got as many of our fans behind us coming to the game as well to support us throughout the game. Three points there and we’ll be very close to staying up.

O's keeper Alex Cisak punches clears at Peterborough (pic; Simon O'Connor)

O's keeper Alex Cisak punches clears at Peterborough (pic; Simon O'Connor) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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“They’re level on points with us so we need to win there and we’ve got five or six teams around us by one point so it’s vital for us on Saturday, we can’t afford to lose.

“If we win there, their morale is going to go down and hopefully they won’t win any more games.

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“Teams around us are getting runs and some bad runs, but as long as we stay unbeaten for as long as possible it gives us a really good chance.

“If we can stay unbeaten until the end of the season I think that’ll be enough points to stay up.

“That’s the most important thing, not to lose games now.

“At this stage of the season, there’s six games left for us and it’s really important to keep getting points on the table and slowly building up and I think 52/53 might be enough this season so we’ve just got to keep getting points and getting closer to that safety zone.”

Australian Cisak joined on loan from Premier League Burnley in February and has helped Orient pick up 20 points in 13 matches, from six wins and two draws.

He made a crucial save to keep O’s in the hunt against Gillingham, when they were two goals down, and praised his team-mates for the character shown to battle back.

He added: “I’d love to win more games, but we haven’t been doing too badly since I’ve been here. I’m really enjoying playing football. It’s a great club and all the boys are great, even the staff as well, so I’m really enjoying my time here.

“As long as we stay up, it doesn’t really matter what games you play well in. Just hopefully we get enough points to stay up now.

“It shows the spirit we’ve got in the squad and shows we never give up and keep going and keep playing hard for the club and for the fans and make sure we stay up for everyone.

“You get lucky sometimes and you get unlucky sometimes, it happens. We got the goal and we should’ve kept it 1-0 until half time ideally and move on from there, but we’ve been conceding goals late in halves which is disappointing. It’s just one of those things.”

Orient face a Crewe side beaten at Chesterfield on Monday, but with more teams being dragged into the relegation battle by the week.

Only four points separate Walsall in 15th place and next-to-bottom Colchester and O’s do still have a game in hand on most of their rivals towards the bottom of the table.

Cisak added: “Four games ago we were behind everyone by three or four points and now suddenly there’s about five teams ahead of us by one point and we’ve got a really good goal difference as well, so it’s really good for us to have many teams around us.

“We’re not just waiting on one or two teams, it’s more five or six teams results. So it’s really important to keep more teams within us or below us ideally.

“We know we’re a good squad but it just hasn’t been happening for us for some reason. We didn’t have a good first half of the season.

“Since I’ve been here with the boys we’ve been working hard and getting wins which is most important. We just need to keep going now, rest up the next few days and be fully energised for the game on Saturday.”

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