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Edinburgh says Orient must remain focused for Halifax

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 September 2018

Leyton Orient midfielder Charlie Lee netted in his side's 1-0 win against Solihull (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient midfielder Charlie Lee netted in his side's 1-0 win against Solihull (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh says his side cannot become complacent after making it nine games unbeaten in the National League this week, ahead of their trip to Halifax Town.

Macauley Bonne celebrates after scoring for Leyton Orient with team-mate James Dayton (pic: Simon O'Connor).Macauley Bonne celebrates after scoring for Leyton Orient with team-mate James Dayton (pic: Simon O'Connor).

The O’s will make the long trip north to the Shay on the back of moving joint top of the table thanks to a 3-0 victory against Solihull Moors on Tuesday evening.

That came after a hard-fought 1-0 win at Chesterfield on Saturday and the O’s boss believes his side will not fall into the trap of getting complacent and says they will be ready for another tough top-of-the-table clash this weekend.

He said: “Spirit is high, but if we become complacent, which I don’t believe this group will, that can quickly come to an end.

“We’ve just got to regroup now and focus for the game on Saturday.

“It’s going to be another tough one, we’ve travelled a lot over the first two months of the season, and we’ve got another long trip on Friday to go.”

The 48-year-old could stick with the same starting line-up for a sixth consecutive match against Jamie Fullarton’s side as he believes continuity is vital after a strong start.

Edinburgh added: “We believed, from the end of last season going into the summer, we didn’t have a big turnover of players, we thought that was important as we felt the players here are capable.

“I think they’re showing that now so I think continuity is key, but that’s got to be with you doing the right things and the players are doing those things and that’s why the team has stayed the same.”

For that to happen once again, Orient will have to rely on midfielder Charlie Lee being fit, after he went off with a dead leg in the 65th minute on Tuesday and was replaced by Alex Lawless.

“He’s got a dead leg, we hoped that he’d be able to get going second half, but unfortunately it just got stiff,” said Edinburgh.

“We’ll be hopeful that we’ll get settled down and he’ll be okay.”

The former Tottenham defender did admit that it is tempting to alter the side but says he trusts his players and how they are performing.

“You’re always tempted, I trust my players and I’m in continuous dialogue and there are one or two of them maybe need a rest or are still coming into fitness from injuries,” he added.

“If they tell me they’re okay, I trust them and believe them, and I’ve said before I wouldn’t want to be coming out of this team right now. If you come out, you might not get back in.”

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