Orient’s Shaun Batt keen to inflict some misery on Daggers and brother Damian
PUBLISHED: 13:34 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:34 07 October 2014
Leyton Orient striker Shaun Batt would love to claim bragging rights in the Batt family as he could face his older brother Damian for the first time in their respective careers tonight.
The O’s make the short trip to Victoria Road to face League Two Dagenham & Redbridge in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and there may well be a familiar face lining up against Shaun after brother Damian signed for the Daggers in the summer.
Both teams are likely to make changes for the fixture, and it could be the perfect chance for Shaun to get some minutes under his belt following a recent return from injury, and dump his brother and the Daggers out of the competition in the process.
“I have come off the bench for the last two games and it has been nice to get some minutes although the results haven’t been what any of us wanted,” said Batt, who did spend two years with Dagenham & Redbridge between 2005 and 2007, though was out on loan for the bulk of that time.
“Tuesday night is a good local derby though and it would be great to get the chance to play against my brother and come out on top.”
The brothers have never played against each other before and Shaun admitted there have been a few extra text messages sent out between the pair in the build up.
“It will be the first time we have come up against each other and that certainly makes the tie a little bit more interesting for the both of us,” he added.
“We’ve spoken a couple times in the build up seeing if we are both likely to play. We will have to wait and see but it would be nice to come up against him and get the victory.”
Striker Shaun could be in the direct line of fire for right back Damian, and the O’s forward is certainly preparing himself for a tough night if the two do lock horns.
“There’s no excuse for either of us not knowing the other ones game that’s for sure,” said Shaun.
“I will be preparing myself for a few flying tackles if we do come up against each other!”
But taking family matters aside, the 27-year-old forward is hoping the O’s bounce back to winning ways having suffered back-to-back league defeats at home to Rochdale and Swindon Town.
“It’s been a couple of disappointing results for us, and things certainly don’t seem to be going our way at the moment,” said Shaun.
“It doesn’t matter whether it is a JPT or league game, we want to go out there and get the win.
“We need to try and make winning a habit again and if we can get the victory against Dagenham then hopefully we can take some confidence into the Sheffield United game on Saturday.”
Shaun has fond memories of the competition, having netted his first professional hat-trick in the O’s first round win over Gillingham last season.
And he will certainly be hoping to help fire the O’s to victory tonight, even if it is at the expense of another family member.