Cureton returns as Slade admits: ‘We’re Leyton Orient, we don’t do it the easy way’

League One: Scunthorpe United v Leyton Orient, Saturday 3pm

Jamie Cureton could return to the Orient side when they travel to Scunthorpe on Saturday.

The striker, who joined the O’s in the summer from Exeter City, has been sidelined for four weeks with a groin strain.

After a brief appearance as a substitute against Preston last weekend, Cureton was on target against Tottenham in a reserve match on Tuesday. “It’s great to get back out there on the pitch,” he said.

“It’s been a bit of a nightmare these last few weeks really, so it’s nice to get back. I’m feeling good. I managed to get through 70 minutes and now I need to battle to get in the team again.

“We’ve taken four points from our last two games and we’ll be confident of going up there and getting a result.”

Orient boss Russell Slade will also have defenders Charlie Daniels and Elliot Omozusi available after injury and the O’s chief admitted: “I think that’s the key to our progress, now that we have got players coming back.

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“It’s safe to say that Charlie and Elliot could be back at the weekend just to name two.

“It was nice to see a more solid bench against Preston and fingers crossed that can only get better.”

After scoring twice in the last five minutes to take a point at Huddersfield Town and then beating title-chasing Preston last weekend Slade admitted: “We’re Leyton Orient, we don’t do it the easy way. We seem to wait for the big guns to come out before maybe we put in the performance we require.”

Scunthorpe, who were relegated from the Championship last season, have hit a bit of form of late. After drawing six of their first nine games, they recorded their first league win against Yeovil and made it two on the bounce with a victory at Stevenage.

“Scunthorpe waited a long time for their first win and then recorded two on the trot, hopefully we can do the same,” said Slade.

The O’s go into the game still two points adrift at the foot of the table, but Slade believes his side are starting to turn the corner.

“It’s not perfect, it’s a long way from being perfect, but hopefully the result against Preston was a turning point.

“some of the qualities we have shown so much in the last 18 months were there to see.”