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Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis to assess trialists at Burnham Ramblers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 July 2017

Former Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis has been appointed the new head coach at Leyton Orient (pic: Barrington Coombs/PA Images).

Former Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis has been appointed the new head coach at Leyton Orient (pic: Barrington Coombs/PA Images).

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The O’s play third match of pre-season against Essex Senior League club tonight

Steve Davis is likely to give some of Leyton Orient’s trialists a starting place at Burnham Ramblers this evening.

The O’s head coach was impressed with Josh Taylor on Saturday during the 6-1 win at Isthmian Premier side Harlow Town.

And Taylor, plus some of Orient’s talented teens, will get a chance to catch the eye at Leslie Field later (7.45pm kick-off).

“I think the plan is to go with the trialists we have got with us and to give a few of the younger players a chance,” said Davis.

“We’ll probably use them for the first half or maybe 60 minutes and then put the experience players on.

“The players who need the time will get the 60 minutes because we need to think ahead now and think about the team that will be our strongest.

“Burnham isn’t the game for that really, it will be at the weekend (Greenwich Borough) where we go a bit longer with the team that is taking shape.

“It is all down to the players as well because I judge everyone on merit and what they do in the week, so it is down to them to get in the team.”

An attendance of 1,274 watched Orient play their first pre-season game in front of their own supporters on Saturday.

David Mooney and Tristan Abrahams found the net before Macauley Bonne showed his potential with a brace.

Trialist Taylor also scored twice and Davis was pleased with O’s performance and to see so many supporters.

He said: “It was a really impressive turn-out and speaking to a few of the fans they said the away support will be like this in the National League because they want the team to do well.

“There is no better feeling for the players to come out and see the red and white and that they have so many people behind them, so they appreciated it at Harlow.

“The message from me before the game was that I wanted us to give a good account of ourselves and we were professional in how we approached it.

“Saturday was where it really started. The game last week was something we did for Tottenham, but the weekend was where we showed what we are capable of and what we can do in the future.”

Davis was officially appointed last Monday, so has only had just over a week as head coach of the Brisbane Road club.

The former Crewe Alexandra boss is encouraged by the team spirit developing, but knows he must turn that into success when they cross the white line.

“I have enjoyed my first week in charge. They are a good bunch and it is just about getting some chemistry on the pitch,” said Davis.

“They are a good bunch off it and we are all together and want the same thing and want to be successful. We are all pulling the same way, so that is good and it is just about getting them working together better on the pitch.

“We have thrown a lot of players in there recently, so they haven’t had a lot of time to train and work together. We have got to try and speed that process up as much as we can and that is through work on the training ground.”


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