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Portugal trip will prove worthwhile insists head coach Edinburgh

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:32 18 July 2018

Joe Widdowson in pre-season training for Leyton Orient (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Joe Widdowson in pre-season training for Leyton Orient (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Leyton Orient spent most of last week in Albufeira before returning to England to defeat East Thurrock United in a friendly

Justin Edinburgh is expecting Leyton Orient’s trip to Portugal to prove worthwhile come the end of the new season.

The Brisbane Road outfit spent six days in the Algarve last week and it seems to have brought the already tight-knit squad together even more.

All the signs so far point towards a successful season for the O’s and the fitness work put in between July 9 and July 15 should stand them in good stead ahead of August 4.

Edinburgh: “The Portugal trip was first class and was as good as I have been on as a player, coach and manager.

“The players appreciated it. We put them through a lot of hard work, but we were well looked after because the facilities were great and we now look forward to it being worthwhile come the end of the season.”

While out in Albufeira, Orient were able to take on Benfica B in a friendly fixture and despite losing 5-4, they took plenty of positives from the encounter.

On Tuesday, O’s were in action again at East Thurrock United and recorded a 4-0 victory with three of the club’s attackers on target.

Macauley Bonne broke the deadlock in the 34th minute and David Mooney made it 2-0 just before the hour mark.

Josh Koroma then continued his fine summer so far with a goal in the 68th minute after good play by under-18 defender Shadrach Ogie.

Captain Jobi McAnuff ensured the O’s ended with a flourish with 88 played when his cross was put into his own net by Lewis Knight.

It made sure Orient secured another pre-season win to keep them in good shape ahead of travelling to Concord Rangers this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

“First and foremost the attitude of the players once again was what we required,” said head coach Edinburgh.

“These are realistic games for us going into the start of the season and we have come away with no injuries, more minutes in the players’ legs and three goals so it’s really pleasing.

“There were times when I thought we could have been more clinical, but in only our third game we have to be realistic.”

Edinburgh went on to once again praise the attitude of the squad as O’s reach the two-and-a-half week mark of pre-season.

They have another 17 days to go until they kick off the National League campaign at Salford City on August 4.

While there is more work to be done, Orient’s manager is satisfied with the way the group are coming along.

“I am pleased with the players’ fitness and that’s key. First and foremost we need to get them up to speed for the start of the season and we look like we are getting there,” said Edinburgh.

“We would probably like to be moving the ball in certain areas better, but we understand it will come later on in pre-season.

“As a whole I have been delighted with the players’ attitude and fitness and their approach to what has been thrown in front of them.”

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