Edinburgh will make use of strong squad over Bank Holiday weekend
PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 August 2018
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Orient travel to Gateshead on Saturday before they host Dover Athletic on Monday
Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh will make changes to his squad over the Bank Holiday weekend if required.
The O’s make the long trip to Gateshead tomorrow looking to remain unbeaten in this season’s National League.
And then two days later they host Dover Athletic in E10 eager to build on the 1-0 win they secured on home soil over Boreham Wood last Saturday.
When asked whether he would mix his team up, Edinburgh replied: “We have a squad which allows me to change personnel.
“I think we showed that against Maidstone United and on Saturday we brought Jobi (McAnuff) back in after losing James Brophy.
“We have options to change things and we will need to use it because by the end of September we will be a quarter of a way through the season.
“It is quite bizarre, but I believe we have the squad capable of dealing with all of the fixtures coming up.”
Orient can expect another tricky encounter with Gateshead after enjoying some good battles with Steve Watson’s team last season.
The Heed won 2-0 in E10 last October before an entertaining 3-3 draw occurred in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy.
Gateshead won the replay 3-2, but O’s had the last laugh with a 3-1 victory in the North East on the final day of the campaign.
Watson’s squad have started the new season strongly and Edinburgh knows what to expect, adding: “Everyone is full of optimism at this early stage.
“We will go there and we know it will be a tough challenge. The quick turnaround to Monday will test the squad as well, but we have a squad which is capable of dealing with it.”
Although Orient could fly up to Gateshead, Edinburgh revealed they had arranged another way to get to the International Stadium for one of their longest trips of the National League campaign.
He added: “We will go on the coach. We have looked at trains and all different type of ways to travel.
“I think the players prefer, and I certainly prefer, going on a coach rather than the train.”