Alan Dunne calls on Leyton Orient squad to start taking responsibility for current situation
PUBLISHED: 16:38 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:38 09 November 2016
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Ex-Millwall captain pleased to be back involved in first team squad and determined to get them out of trouble
Alan Dunne believes Leyton Orient need to stop talking about turning their season around and start actually doing it on the pitch.
The O’s are 23rd in the League Two table ahead of visiting local rivals Colchester United this weekend.
Orient will travel to U’s after two defeats this week – 6-0 at Sheffield United in the FA Cup and 1-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s in the EFL Trophy.
But the former Millwall captain called on the squad to start doing their talking on the pitch, he said: “I think we have got to stop feeling sorry for ourselves because nobody is going to do us any favours.
“You have to go out there and do it yourself, it isn’t going to just happen and you can feel sorry for yourself all you want, but you have to go out there and put a shift in.
“We need to stick together and I think we have the quality in the team and the characters and now we just need that spark to happen and kick on.
“I think there has been too much talking over the last however so and I think we have to stop talking about it and go out and do it.”
Dunne is spot-on and has had a crazy year at Brisbane Road which included an 11-month exodus from the first team.
After giving away a penalty and scoring an own goal at Hartlepool United on November 15, the 34-year-old didn’t make another appearance for Orient during the 2015/16 campaign.
But after Alberto Cavasin’s arrival on October 2, Dunne was back involved and made his return at Southend United last month.
The ex-Lions favourite, like all of his team-mates, endured a difficult afternoon at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
Yet yesterday at Brighton he bounced back with an assured display at the heart of O’s defence and captained them in the second half.
“No matter what a manager says the door is never closed at any club. I’ve always kept my head down because I know in football things can change and I’ve sat it out and eventually I have got a chance,” said Dunne.
“But I’ve always been respectful to the club, to the players and got my head down and never moaned about it. I’m old enough to know things can change quickly and it is nice to be back among the lads and now I just want to help the club move forward and start getting points on the board because that is the most important thing.”
Several managers have taken charge of Orient since Dunne was originally banished from the starting team, but surprisingly Cavasin did give the experienced defender a chance and the pair appear to have a good relationship.
Dunne added: “I have a lot of respect for the manager. I really like him and he’s a character. Football is football any language you speak and he’s brought in some ideas that we are trying to adapt to.
“I like some of his ideas and they are fresh ideas, but we need to go out there and perform on a Saturday. We just need to step up to the mark and I think the players need to start taking responsibility for their performances.
“I don’t think anyone is making excuses, but like I said we are talking too much, we have to go out there and start performing.”
Dunne did say, tongue in cheek, all the Orient squad are “learning Italian on the side” and while that isn’t serious, he is right about the players needing to start doing the business on the pitch.