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Leyton Orient defender Nicky Hunt looking to improve fitness and show his best form

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 August 2016

Leyton Orient defender and club captain Nicky Hunt (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient defender and club captain Nicky Hunt (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Former Accrington Stanley and Mansfield Town defender played full 90 minutes on Saturday and hopes to do same again at Grimsby Town this weekend

Leyton Orient right-back Nicky Hunt is hopeful of retaining his starting position at Grimsby Town this weekend.

The 32-year-old picked up an ankle injury before the new League Two campaign kicked off and missed some friendly fixtures.

But he played the full 90 minutes in the first round of the English Football League Cup against Fulham on August 9.

Although he wasn’t used at home to Newport County last Saturday, he started against Stevenage and wants to play at Blundell Park this weekend.

Hunt said: “I got a pretty silly injury, which couldn’t be helped, in training so I’ve been working and working.

“I need 90 minutes week in, week out to get me back to where I was last season and hopefully now I can show everybody what I can do.

“With the back four and the goalkeeper, you’ve got to have stability. The manager picks the team and whoever is in, will do the best job they can.

“But it just so happens against Stevenage the XI he picked wins the match 3-0 so hopefully we take that into Saturday’s game.”

There was a familiar opponent for Hunt on Tuesday as Jobi McAnuff lined up for the visitors at Brisbane Road.

He left Orient in the summer after two difficult years in E10 and got the better of his old team mate initially.

But Hunt kept the Jamaican international quiet for the majority of the match and enjoyed the battle.

“Jobi has still got it, he’s still sharp and like I say, the first 10 minutes he got on top of me, but after that I think I kept him reasonably quiet,” added the ex-Bolton Wanderers defender.

“He switched wings and we got the third goal just after that, but it is always good to be up against a player of his calibre.”

Not many predicted it would take O’s four games to register their first victory of the campaign in all competitions.

After a respectable draw at Cheltenham Town and a 3-2 defeat at home to Fulham, a win was expected against Newport.

The Welsh outfit took the points, though, but thankfully Andy Hessenthaler’s team bounced back on Tuesday.

Hunt added: “We’ve not had a lot of luck the last two league games at Cheltenham and especially at home to Newport.

“We didn’t capitalise on our chances, but our luck was here against Stevenage and we’re grateful for that and we kick on this Saturday.”


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