Accrington Stanley clash is really important, admits Leyton Orient boss Andy Edwards

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 December 2016

Leyton Orient's Andy Edwards issues instructions from the touchline at Barnet

Leyton Orient's Andy Edwards issues instructions from the touchline at Barnet

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The O's welcome Lancashire club to east London with both struggling to find their form in League Two

Leyton Orient manager Andy Edwards admits this weekend’s home match against Accrington Stanley in League Two is massive.

Just three points separates the teams, though O’s know a victory on Saturday would see them move above the Lancashire club.

Stanley’s form in the division has been poor with no wins from their last six fixtures, yet Orient have suffered eight consecutive defeats at Brisbane Road.

Edwards said: “It is a massive game, you can’t hide behind it. It is a really important match and we have had a two-week lead up to it.

“If we can get a win it can set the ball rolling again and get us going and who knows what can happen? It can change quickly and at the same time for us it needs to.”

Orient’s last home victory was on August 30 in the EFL Trophy when Stevenage visited and the previous success was against the same opponents in the league two weeks earlier.

The east Londoners, in all competitions, have lost 10 times at Brisbane Road and if they are to move up the table, have to start picking up points at home.

Edwards added: “It is very hard to put your finger on why we’ve struggled at home. I think certainly it is a lack of confidence. As it goes on the confidence of the players becomes more fragile and that’s an issue.

“Teams also come to frustrate us and we have got frustrated and made simple mistakes, which we have to eradicate. It’s hard to completely put your finger on it, but it is a lack of confidence and a fear factor to an extent.

“That is something we’ve got to try and lose. Winning this weekend will go a long way towards that and take a lot of pressure off for the next game at home.”

While O’s have lost so many matches at Brisbane Road, every clash has been close in terms of the scoreline.

Their heaviest defeats at home have been by a two-goal margin to Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle.

Every other reverse has been by the odd goal, Edwards said: “We’d like to think we are capable of beating anybody.

“We saw one of the top sides in Doncaster Rovers. They were a really strong team and it was a tough game.

“But we’ve played the likes of Luton Town and Portsmouth and there really wasn’t that much in it. We need to get back to basics and establish a decent run of home form and get some results and clean sheets.

“First and foremost we have to stop conceding because goals have been hard to come by and the two do come hand in hand.”

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