Defender believes Orient will not get sucked into trouble

Chorley targets a win at Oldham

Orient head for Oldham just four points above the drop zone, but defender Ben Chorley insists the side will not get sucked into a relegation dog-fight.

The O’s have taken just five points from their last eight games, but Chorley, who was given the captain’s armband on Saturday following an injury to Matt Spring, said: “We’re not looking over our shoulders.

“We know the position we’re in and every game between now and the end of the season is a cup final.

“I know it’s a clich� and I know everybody says it, but that’s the way we have got to look at it.”

The defender believes that 52 points will be enough for safety and that a couple of decent results will put a different complexion on things and he hopes that will start tonight at Oldham.

“We know we can play well and we can match any team in this league, but then every team can,” reflected Chorley.

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“Home and away I think this is the hardest league.

“We went to Wycombe and we were 4-0 down at half time and they might be relegated. Walsall nicked a point. All the teams in this division can nick wins and nick draws.

“At this stage of the season you are looking for back-to-back points. If you get a win and a draw, or two wins, suddenly everything looks totally different.

Look at Wycombe and what they have achieved. They were nine points adrift at one stage, but are now out of the bottom four.

“You just need three or four wins and that’s what we will be looking to do, starting at Oldham.

“Between 50 and 52 points is always the target. We have got 43 points and, if in the next three games we can get a couple of wins, then you are pretty much done and dusted.

“We need to get those wins as quickly as possible. I’d like to win against Oldham and Charlton and then everyone’s happy and you’re in mid-table.

“We know we can hold our own against any team and Oldham will be a tough game and we have some tough games coming up. But every week the form book goes out of the window, apart from the top three who are on a bit of a roll and are winning games.

“It doesn’t matter how you win games, you just need points at this stage of the season.”