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Goalkeeper Brill insists O’s will focus on themselves, not Salford City

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 July 2018

Sir Alex Ferguson unveils a plaque to commemorate the announcement that Salford City's new stadium Moor Lane is named The Peninsula Stadium for sponsorship reasons with Paul Scholes (left), Gary Neville (second, left) Ryan Giggs (third, left) and Peter Done (pic: Martin Rickett/PA Images).

Sir Alex Ferguson unveils a plaque to commemorate the announcement that Salford City's new stadium Moor Lane is named The Peninsula Stadium for sponsorship reasons with Paul Scholes (left), Gary Neville (second, left) Ryan Giggs (third, left) and Peter Done (pic: Martin Rickett/PA Images).

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Leyton Orient will start the new campaign at bookies National League favourites Salford City, but Dean Brill isn’t fazed

General view of the pitch at Salford City's new stadium (pic: Martin Rickett/PA Images).General view of the pitch at Salford City's new stadium (pic: Martin Rickett/PA Images).

Leyton Orient goalkeeper Dean Brill insists the squad will be focusing on themselves and not Salford City when they start their National League campaign in just under a month’s time.

The O’s face a long trip up north on August 4, the opening day of the season, to face the division new boys.

BT Sport will be showing the game live with Salford attracting a lot of media interest in recent times due to ex-Manchester United stars Phil and Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt running the club along with main shareholder Peter Lim.

Orient are a big name in the lower-levels of English football anyway and number one Brill says the squad at Brisbane Road won’t worry too much about what the Ammies are doing this summer.

He said: “We know from last season there are no easy games in the National League and they are all tough.

“From that point of view, we could have faced anyone on the opening day and it would have been difficult.

“Obviously Salford’s history and our history is very different and they clearly have a lot of anticipation about how they will fare this season.

“I think it is a good fixture to start us off, but we will be concentrating on us and that’s how we will take the season.”

The game will give O’s an early chance to get rid of a slight hoodoo on their back about playing on BT Sport.

Orient had five of their National League matches broadcast live last season and failed to win any of them.

After losing at Sutton United on the opening day in front of the BT Sport cameras, they were present again on September 16 when Hartlepool United won 2-1 in E10.

Shortly afterwards O’s lost on the box again, this time at Tranmere Rovers by a score of 2-1 on October 4, and the final nail in the coffin of ex-head coach Steve Davis was another 2-1 loss on TV – this time at Ebbsfleet United on November 11.

Under Justin Edinburgh, Orient did at least earn a respectable 1-1 draw at champions Macclesfield Town on April 14 in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Regardless of their record on TV, Brill believes those type of stats are there to be shot at and highlighted how the east Londoners originally struggled on 3G surfaces during the 2017/18 campaign before having no such issues later in the term.

He added: “There is always a time to change things and I remember we had a little sticky patch on the 3G surfaces last season and we turned it around, so the opening day is a great opportunity for us to put on a show and hit the ground running.”


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