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Mooney keen for things to settle down at Leyton Orient

18:00 21 January 2015

David Mooney celebrates his goal for Orient at Preston (pic: Simon O

David Mooney celebrates his goal for Orient at Preston (pic: Simon O'Connor)

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Season so far has been a ‘write off’ according to Mooney.

Leyton Orient striker David Mooney insists it’s time for things to start settling down as they look to move away from the League One relegation zone.

The 30-year-old netted the opener in their 2-2 draw at Preston on Friday – just his second start in an injury-ravaged four months.

And while the striker admits the first half of the season couldn’t have gone much worse for the O’s and himself, he is keen to help fire Orient back up the table.

“The season so far has been an absolute write off really,” said Mooney.

“In the first few weeks the place was in turmoil. Nobody knew what was happening with Russell Slade and what was happening upstairs, but I think now it is important we settle down.

“There’s a new manager in, we know he is going to be around and we need to stay focused because we have got some really good players.

“We have got some big players to come back into the squad as well and that will only benefit us.

“I was working it out and last week was my first start in four months. I have obviously managed to score a few goals off the bench and since I have come back I feel I have done all right.

“I have felt a lot better and stronger so personally it is going well for myself and hopefully that can continue.

“We still have stuff to worry about, but the quicker we can get out of trouble the better.”

The O’s played a new system at Preston on Friday, with Mooney operating at the tip of a diamond.

And it seemed to do just the trick as Mooney profited after just five minutes to claim his fifth of the campaign.

He won possession in midfield before a rampaging run resulted in his fifth goal of the season, and the striker was just pleased it paid off.

“I won a tackle in the middle which is a bit unlike me, but the space just opened up,” he added with a wry smile.

“The strikers made two good runs and they pulled the defence wide.

“I have been working on that in training because I had an idea we would be playing a diamond and that I would be playing at the top of it. I have also been working on shooting from outside the box all week and thankfully it went in.

“We worked on it last week and I thought we were going to play it against Fleetwood.

“We had a few chances in that game and we could have probably nicked a draw, so coming into the Preston game we were pretty confident.

“We worked on it in training again on Thursday and it was really good and we were really confident going into the game.”

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