O’s midfielder Cox: We can’t afford to get carried away
10:19 16 February 2015
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Orient matchwinner feels the side shows some of last season’s spirit in the win at Chesterfield.
Dean Cox admits Leyton Orient can ill-afford to get too carried away after Saturday’s 3-2 win at Chesterfield, but hopes it’s a start of a good run which sees the O’s avoid relegation.
The 27-year-old netted the late winner over the Spireites at the weekend as Orient picked up their first win of 2015 and moved off the bottom of League One with Yeovil Town losing.
And while delighted with the victory at the Proact Stadium at the weekend, Cox admits there is more hard work ahead if they are to get themselves out of the relegation zone.
“It’s a massive result,” said Cox. “We spoke before the game and said maybe our season needs to start now. It’s a great start and we have a game in hand so if we can win that it pushes us up the table to where we want to be,
“It’s a good start but it’s only a start. We are not going to get carried away and there is a lot of work to do.”
O’s twice came from behind as David Mooney’s double looked like earning them a point before Cox’s late strike.
And the diminutive winger feels there were signs that last season’s character under Russell Slade was starting to creep in once more.
“When you are down there sometimes the goals go against you with the penalty and the own goal, but it’s great character, like what we showed last season,” he added.
“The never-say-die attitude was there, and we were relentless. I used that word quite a lot last year as well.”
The win was the O’s ninth of a disappointing season and the former Brighton & Hove midfielder was the first to admit they players performances have been well below-par.
However, Cox hopes the spirit and togetherness between the fans and players can return after the late winner.
“It’s been pretty poor from us and we know that it is not good enough. It’s about time we stopped using excuses,” he added.
“It is what it is. The hierarchy are doing what they want and that is completely down to them, but as footballers, players and as fans we don’t want to lose that togetherness that we have built up.
“If we can keep that with the players and the fans and with results, the fans are going to take to the manager.”