Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis aiming to achieve home comforts when Maidstone United visit Brisbane Road
PUBLISHED: 09:30 11 August 2017
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The O’s are keen to build on Tuesday’s victory over Solihull Moors and make their stadium a fortress this season
Steve Davis has challenged Leyton Orient to make it back-to-back wins in the National League when they host Maidstone United on Saturday.
The O’s go into it with confidence now after an encouraging 3-1 victory over Solihull Moors on Tuesday night after goals from Charlie Lee, David Mooney and George Elokobi.
Maidstone lost at Ebbsfleet United on the same evening after drawing 1-1 at home to Maidenhead United on Saturday, so Orient will be eager to claim another three points.
“I hope we can make it back-to-back wins. Obviously you want to try and build some momentum after Tuesday,” said Davis.
“It is no good beating Solihull and then not following it up with something on Saturday, so we’ll be doing our best to get three points.
“And as I have said before, I think we’ll get better as the season goes on, so if we can get a good start it will be a bonus.”
Orient are two games through a busy start to August where they will play seven league fixtures by the end of the month, although the longest trip they need to make is away to Maidenhead United on August 28.
It is a hectic schedule, though Davis admitted it may help his new-look team gel, as they prepare to face Maidstone on Saturday before visiting London rivals Bromley next Tuesday (August 15) where they will play on another 3G pitch.
Davis added: “At the start of the season you predominantly have six or seven games during that first month and it always tests your squad. I am sure the team which has started the last two won’t be the same at the end of August, so we will have to make changes.
“We got a few knocks and had tired legs at the end of the Solihull game, so that’s really when the squad comes into play. It isn’t just the ones on the bench either, but the people who have missed out so far because they are all good enough to play in the team.
“I have said to the squad as a whole that it doesn’t matter who we pick, they are all good enough and that’s encouraging and good from a season point of view, although having said that there is maybe room for one more to come in.”
Davis has made no secret of the fact he would like to bring in another big forward and Orient are understood to be actively searching for the right type of player.
There main focus now will be on Maidstone and the O’s know they may face another physical challenge on Saturday.
Both National League fixtures so far this season have Orient ruffled up, but they coped much better with it on Tuesday.
“We expect the physicality and we learned a lot from Saturday because it was very different to what some of our players have experienced in the league,” said Davis.
“There were a lot of professional fouls and things going on and incidents, as we had against Solihull. You just hope the referee sees it all and is fair and makes good decisions.”
After an excellent win on Tuesday night, Davis will want to see Brisbane Road rocking again on Saturday and with Orient on six points for the season.