Steve Davis wants Leyton Orient squad to keep enjoying home comforts
PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 August 2017
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Former Crewe Alexandra boss discusses goalkeeping situation at Brisbane Road now Dean Brill has joined club as coach
Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis knows the importance of doing well at home and is keen for O’s to claim another National League victory at Brisbane Road on Saturday.
Eastleigh are the latest visitors to E10 and will provide the hosts with their toughest test on home soil to date.
Orient have defeated Solihull Moors and Maidstone United in east London already this month, but will come up against a confident Spitfires team after they won 2-0 against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
“Winning at home builds momentum and gets people behind you straight away from the first whistle,” said Davis.
“The players should embrace that and there is always pressure to play in front of your own fans, but I want them to embrace the pressure and play with a lot of freedom.
“I want them to relax and enjoy playing at home rather than it being a fearful experience and we played some great football against Maidstone and controlled it for long aspects without being able to break them down.
“That will be how it is because teams will come here and respect us and make it hard and we need to find a way of winning games and we have done that.”
Orient have had far less respect on the road with a 6-1 thrashing away to Bromley on Tuesday, August 15 a case in point.
Thankfully O’s bounced back with a strong showing at Woking on Saturday, as Macauley Bonne netted twice in a 2-0 victory.
Charlie Grainger picked up another clean sheet, which would have boosted his confidence after he was left exposed too much at Hayes Lane against Bromley.
Davis is pleased with the youngster and teenage custodian Sam Sargeant, who has had to settle for a place on the bench in the early weeks of the season.
“I am happy to put either of our two goalkeepers in. I just felt Charlie had the edge at the start and deserves to keep his place,” said Orient’s boss.
“Sam is pushing him hard and we have coach Dean Brill as well now and he can play in goal and offers us experience. He has started training and is getting himself fit.
“We have three good options with Dean an experienced goalkeeper coach capable of playing if the kids are injured or out of form and with Sam pushing Charlie we have a really good situation in goal.”