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Essam knows what to expect at Luton

PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 October 2015

Leyton Orient defender Connor Essam in action against Barnet earlier in the season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient defender Connor Essam in action against Barnet earlier in the season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Brisbane Road defender wants Saturday’s draw with Oxford to be a turning point for the O’s

Leyton Orient defender Connor Essam insists the O’s won’t shy away from the physical battle that they could face at Luton Town this evening.

Ian Hendon’s side travel to Kenilworth Road for another League Two encounter having already played at the Hatters once this season.

That was in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and resulted in the home side winning 2-1 despite a penalty from Lloyd James.

Essam played in that match and knows what to expect again this evening, he said: “It was a bruising encounter in the JPT before.

“John Still always sets up his teams like that. They are quite big and physical and aggressive, but we have got nothing to shy away from.

“We can do that side of the game as well and hopefully when we get the ball we can play the football that we want to. We will be prepared for it and ready to go.”

The 23-year-old believes the 2-2 draw they earned on Saturday against Oxford United could be a turning point in their season.

Although performances have remained relatively strong since the end of August, the O’s have only been victorious once in the division.

But they want to use the late comeback against the Yellows as the catalyst for another strong run of form like they managed at the start of the campaign.

Orient won their first five matches in the league and they are confident they can repeat that, starting this evening.

“Getting a point against Oxford helps us going into the Luton match,” said Essam.

“We said that in the changing room this could be the turning point, the way it was at half time and the way we played in the second half could be a turning point.

“We want to push on now and get another run like we did at the start of the season and begin putting more points on the board.”

Results elsewhere went for Orient at the weekend with Mansfield and Wycombe Wanderers both losing as did Accrington Stanley.

Just below them Northampton and Luton were both beaten as well and it ensured the east Londoners sit fifth in the table with 22 points from their opening 13 games.

They are only two points off the automatic promotion places and Essam is happy with their position, adding: “A few of the lads said in the changing room that a couple of the sides around us lost on Saturday so it is a decent point in the end against Oxford.

“It is a strong league and there are a lot of big teams in it. I think it was always going to be difficult to run away with it even after the five wins we had at the start of the campaign.

“We are quite happy to be in and amongst it and we know we haven’t been at our best and we are still in amongst it so if we go on another run we will go back up there.”

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