Brill backing Orient to put things right at Maidenhead
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The 32-year-old discussed the mood in the O’s camp and how there should be no surprises for them this season
Dean Brill is confident Leyton Orient will get back on track in the National League away to Maidenhead United this weekend.
Last Saturday, Sutton United visited E10 and claimed all three points following a 1-0 win thanks to Jonah Ayunga’s low strike.
It ended the O’s excellent unbeaten run of 13 games without a defeat, but the squad were not too down at full time.
“Before Saturday we had only lost eight games since the manager (Justin Edinburgh) has been here, so we don’t like losing,” Brill explained.
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“We are a positive bunch and we are very together and the fans are together. We had five-and-a-half thousand watching against Sutton, which is crazy.
“I know we will go again now, and I am sure we will take a good following to Maidenhead and put it right.”
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While Orient were enjoying their lengthy procession without a defeat, Brill insists the squad were aware it was unlikely to last forever.
Now they have lost, it is all about producing a reaction at the Magpies this weekend, who come up from the National League South in the 2016/17 season.
“It is always about the next game. It is about the here and now and then straight away onto the next one,” Brill added.
“Sutton is done and we were going to lose at some point, we were not going to stay the whole season unbeaten despite how much we would have liked to, and this is our first defeat and now we will go again.”
Even though the National League campaign is only 14 games old, some of the sides at the top are the ones you would expect.
Big-spending Salford City are first while resurgent Wrexham, led by new manager Sam Ricketts, are fourth and last season’s play-off losers Sutton and AFC Fylde slot into the top-seven.
Somewhat surprisingly, Harrogate Town and Solihull Moors are in there too and ex-Luton Town stopper Brill says that demonstrates the competitiveness of the division.
“At this stage you can start to see who will be strong and the ones up there this season are probably the ones we expected,” Brill said.
“But some of our toughest games have been against the sides not at the top, so the league is what it is.
“We knew what we were coming into, we experienced it last season, so we will take each week as it comes now.”