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Orient trying to foster winning mentality in pre-season, says Brill

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:43 17 July 2018

Leyton Orient forward Macauley Bonne is tackled by Sutton United midfielder Kenny Davis on the opening day of the 2017/18 season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward Macauley Bonne is tackled by Sutton United midfielder Kenny Davis on the opening day of the 2017/18 season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The experienced stopper has explained why results in friendly games are important

Leyton Orient play their third match of pre-season this evening away to East Thurrock United and goalkeeper Dean Brill says the squad are eager to pick up good habits ahead of the new campaign.

The O’s won their opening game of the summer on July 7 by a 7-0 scoreline at Harlow Town.

Seven days later, on Saturday, they suffered a 5-4 loss against Benfica B in Portugal, but looking ahead to pre-season as a whole, Brill explained the importance of winning games ahead of the new National League campaign which starts up on August 4.

He said: “The minutes on the pitch are important, but to keep the winning mentality is also important and we spoke about it in the dressing room after Harlow.

“I am after clean sheets and the strikers are after goals and the midfielders are after tackles and passes, so it is the time to put it in. If we all do that, we’ll get the results anyway.

“Yes and no it is fitness, but it is also about winning games and what we are looking to do is get that and continue it into the season.”

After two games, Orient’s attackers have found the net plenty of times with teenager Josh Koroma leading the way with four goals – all from the Harlow thrashing.

Macauley Bonne and James Alabi both have two each, along with James Brophy, and David Mooney has also found the net.

The O’s will aim to show their defensive solidarity tonight when they visit National League South outfit East Thurrock.

Managed by experienced boss John Coventry, the Rocks finished 15th last season after a poor end to the campaign.

It led to a number of changes this summer which saw one-time Orient trainee Jack Giddens join from Billericay Town as first-choice goalkeeper.

Edinburgh’s side will almost certainly come up against their former youth-team goalkeeper and potentially ex-midfielder Harry Lee too.

East Thurrock recently signed defender Paul Konchesky, who spent two years at West Ham United between 2005 and 2007, but saw Michael Clark and Montel Agyemang depart this summer.


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