Justin Edinburgh’s back at very different White Hart Lane with Leyton Orient set to visit Haringey Borough in FA Trophy
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The former Spurs defender will take his team to Coles Park on Saturday, which is around a mile away from Tottenham Hotspur’s old White Hart Lane stadium
Justin Edinburgh will be back at White Hart Lane with Leyton Orient this Saturday, but not the venue associated with his old team Tottenham Hotspur.
The O’s will make the short trip to Bostik North outfit Haringey Borough, who play at Coles Park, which is located down White Hart Lane road.
Edinburgh, who spent a decade playing for Spurs, will take his team to a stadium just over a mile away from where he played for Tottenham.
But the 47-year-old is fully aware of the challenge awaiting his players and knows Borough will look to cause an upset.
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“I’ll look forward to it and that’s what the FA Trophy is all about. I know Haringey will be up for it,” said Edinburgh.
“They will think they can beat us, I’m sure they’ll have that mindset, but we’ll go there and look to win.
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“We’ll take it to them and approach it like any other match and look to progress to the next round.”
Orient’s new boss has history with the FA Trophy having taken former club Newport County to the final of the competition in 2012.
The Exiles missed out on silverware following a 2-0 loss to York City, but after taking over the Welsh outfit just months earlier when they were in the relegation zone, it was another positive tick on Edinburgh’s CV.
With O’s just above the bottom four, despite their 4-1 victory over Sutton United last weekend, the similarities between the east London club and Newport are there for all to see and Orient supporters would surely love an end-of-season trip to Wembley.
“Saturday is a game I want to win. I got to the final of the FA Trophy when I was with Newport and it was a fantastic occasion,” said Edinburgh.
“It’s the cup we can win, so we will approach it like any game we want to win and we want to try and get to the final.”
A hurdle Orient will have to get past is playing on an artificial surface with Coles Park a 3G pitch.
The O’s have already lost away to Sutton United and Bromley this term, with both of them playing on 3G, but Edinburgh has a plan and Saturday will act as good preparation for the trip to Maidstone United’s artificial pitch on December 23.
He said: “We go back-to-back now on 3G/4G, so we’ll be training on it to make sure we’re prepared. We’ll give Haringey the full respect they deserve.”
Borough are managed by Tom Loizou, who was caretaker boss of the O’s all the way back in the unforgettable 1994/95 campaign.
Orient had a number of managers during the term with Loizou and Glen Cockerill taking charge of a 1-0 loss at Bristol Rovers on April 22 of that season.
The Haringey boss spent a couple of years at Brisbane Road and managed the academy and reserve team before his stint as caretaker boss.
But despite Loizou having an affinity with O’s, he will be looking to cause an almighty upset in the FA Trophy on Saturday.