O’s interim boss Nugent: We have to repay the fans against MK Dons

14:45 17 October 2014

Leyton Orient caretaker manager Kevin Nugent applauds the travelling fans after yesterday's 2-2 draw at Sheffield United. Pic: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Leyton Orient caretaker manager Kevin Nugent applauds the travelling fans after yesterday's 2-2 draw at Sheffield United. Pic: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport


Leyton Orient interim manager Kevin Nugent insists it’s time for the O’s to give the fans something to shout about at Brisbane Road.

Orient remain winless in E10 going into tomorrow’s fixture against MK Dons and that’s in stark contrast to their away form, where they are yet to taste defeat.

And while performances and results have not been great at home, Nugent feels it’s now time for the O’s to repay the fans for their continued backing.

“All I care about is, as a football club, we give the supporters something to shout about. We’ve got to give them something to get behind the team and we all focus on football, winning games and moving up the table.

“I can’t begin to say how thankful I am of the supporters. They’ve stuck by us when the home form hasn’t been good.

“We know that has to change, but I think the supporters have backed us to the hilt and hopefully we will give them something to shout about.

“That was a big thing with the Dagenham game. It’s a local derby, they turned up in numbers singing and shouting and they did that again at Sheffield United.

“Hopefully they will all be there again at the weekend and we can give them something to shout about.”

Romain Vincelot’s header deep into stoppage time at Sheffield United sealed a point for the O’s against the odds after Jobi McAnuff’s sending off and a late double from the Blades.

It was a solid result for the O’s, but they still dropped into the relegation zone, and while it’s frustrating for Nugent he admits performances must turn into points.

“To lose a player and for them to get two goals made it really difficult but the spirit was fantastic from the lads,” he added.

“Hopefully we can build on that again after a decent victory against Dagenham and then Sheffield. Let’s hope we can turn this home form round.

“It’s disappointing to drop into the bottom four after a result like that but that’s how it is.

“Even if some of our performances have been good we still need to improve because we are in the bottom three.

“The players and I have been working tremendously hard to make sure we get that right.”

The tough tests keep coming for the O’s though as they host a free-scoring MK Dons at Brisbane Road tomorrow.

Karl Robinson’s side are the joint top scorers in the league along with leaders Bristol City, and the Dons boss witnessed Orient’s 2-2 draw from the Sky Sports studio on Soccer Special.

“We need to start winning games,” he said. “We need to be hard to beat first and foremost and then we need to start winning games.

“It is a tough one and we have played some tough teams at home recently. Bristol City are doing very well this season and there are a few clubs chasing and MK Dons are one of them.”

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