We need to relax at home, says Leyton Orient midfielder Vincelot

PUBLISHED: 20:45 17 October 2014 | UPDATED: 20:45 17 October 2014

Romain Vincelot rises highest to head home an injury-time equaliser for Leyton Orient at Sheffield United (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Romain Vincelot rises highest to head home an injury-time equaliser for Leyton Orient at Sheffield United (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Simon O'Connor Photography

Leyton Orient midfielder Romain Vincelot insists the squad have to ‘relax’ at Brisbane Road if they are to end their barren run on Saturday against free-scoring MK Dons.

The O’s are yet to win in front of their home fans so far this season, but remain unbeaten on their travels after a 2-2 draw at Sheffield United last weekend.

And while there is already pressure mounting on the squad having slipped into the League One relegation zone, the Frenchman believes they need to adopt a more patient approach if they are to get off the mark in E10 this weekend.

“We have just got to stop thinking about it too much,” said Vincelot.

“It depends on what team you are playing. I think MK Dons are going to play, so in one way that could be good because they will have a lot of the ball and it may be like an away game for us.

“We just have to be patient even if it is 0-0 at half time.

“I think we can have the chances and we do score a few more now so we can be a bit more relaxed and calm.

“It will come and there is no need to panic or rush. It is only a matter of time.

“Obviously we want to give something back to the fans because they are right behind us and we just need this home win to get the season started properly.”

The 28-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers in the O’s disappointing start and his 99th minute equaliser against the Blades is already his fourth goal of the season.

It’s in stark contrast to last term where he failed to find the net, but the midfielder would be more than happy to sacrifice his goals for a better league position.

“I had a few chances last year and didn’t score but the front four of David Mooney, Kevin Lisbie, Moses Odubajo and Dean Cox were on fire,” he added.

“It was just about giving them the ball and letting them do the business with it and the rest of us would just have to stay solid.

“The job first and foremost is to be solid in midfield, but this season I have gone forward a bit more and I quite fancy it. I have been scoring so I’ll keep on doing it.

“I am not focused on how many goals I score. I am not selfish and it is about being in the winning team.

“If I score another 10 goals and we are only in mid-table I won’t be happy at all.”

The O’s are certainly finding things a lot tougher this season, but Vincelot insists they have the team spirit to turn it round.

“We showed our strength of character against Sheffield United and we need to keep that up,” he said.

“That’s really good for the future and as a team we have got to give everything to get us out of the situation we are in.”


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