Orient can cut it at Crewe
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Liverani looking for positive result
Leyton Orient boss Fabio Liverani says his side can travel to fellow League One strugglers Crewe with confidence this weekend.
O’s came from two goals down to draw 3-3 with Gillingham at Brisbane Road on Bank Holiday Monday and remain outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
And Liverani believes they have it within themselves to gain a positive result against the Railwaymen at Gresty Road, saying: “The league is unpredictable. We went to Coventry and they had won three of their last four games and we won. We know we respect Crewe, but we don’t fear them.
“Certainly the spirit is something I’m really pleased with and it’s very important for us and now we have to prepare for the next away game at Crewe which is a very, very important game.”
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Lloyd James fired O’s ahead from the penalty spot against Gillingham, only for the visitors to net three unanswered goals to take control.
But cheered on by their largest home crowd of the season, O’s salvaged a point thanks to goals from Darius Henderson and Josh Wright.
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Liverani added: “I’m really pleased with the fact the fans really give us a boost and it’s really important they continue to do that.
“It was a magical atmosphere. I don’t think we could’ve made it without the supporters.”
Midfielder Lloyd James agreed with his boss about the support from the fans, adding: “The fans were great, they stuck with us. It was tough for the fans when we were 3-1 down, at home, it’s going to be tough for any home fans, but they stuck with us and if they continue to do that I’m sure we’ll repay them because we’ve got a great squad who are digging in to do well.
“The point could be massive. When you’re 3-1 down, you’d snatch your hand off for a point. The boys showed great character and we’ve shown we’ve got the fighting spirit in the team to dig in.”
James was making his first start for six months, after recovering from a broken leg, and opened the scoring from the penalty spot.
He ended up playing the full 90 minutes and is well aware of the importance of this weekend’s fixture, adding: “It’s a big game at Crewe. We’ll take every game as it comes. Hopefully we can get something at Crewe.
“My fitness is fine, I’ve worked hard with the physio and fitness coach. It’s just the match sharpness you get from playing games. The more games I play, the sharper I’ll be.
“Personally it has been very difficult for me to watch games because I just want to be out there and hopefully I can help the team move forward and stay up.
“I’ve just got to look at the positives. I’m back and hopefully I can gain that match sharpness with more games I play and help the team.”