Orient defender Forbes wont push the panic button

Tango and Cash are back and hope to give O’s a boost

Orient defender Terrell Forbes has spent most of his career in League One and insists there is no need to press the punic button despite the side’s poor start to the season.

The O’s travel to Colchester on Saturday and find themselves at the foot of the table having taken just one point from a possible 18, but the former Yeovil man, who made his first league start of the season at Chesterfield last Saturday said: “The league is on and off. I have been playing in League One for 10 years now.

“We were on a high last season and we’ve virtually got the same team now. So we need to keep going, take it bit by bit and we’ll improve.

“As a unit we’re fighting and we’re training well. The gaffer, Nuge (assistant Kevin Nugent) and all the staff are out there working on formations, doing team shape every Thursday and Friday and we are progressing.

“We can build from the point we won on Saturday, and keep progressing.”

A summer operation had kept Forbes in the shadows during the opening few games, but he was a key figure last weekend, linking up with Ben Chorley again at the heart of the O’s defence, as they kept their first clean sheet of the season

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Forbes, who recently celebrated his 30th birthday, was pleased to be back in tandem with the O’s vice-captain.

“Me and Ben Chorley are back together and we have this little joke between us,” explained Forbes.

“We call ourselves Tango and Cash because we work really well together – and I’m really proud that we got a point at Chesterfield.”

For the unintiated, Tango & Cash is a 1989 American action comedy film starring Sylvester Stallone (Ray Tango) and Kurt Russell (Gabriel Cash), who are forced to work together after a criminal mastermind frames them for murder.

Asked who was who, Forbes smiled: “I’m Cash and he’s Tango.”

Forbes certainly played a starring role at Chesterfield and is convinced that Orient’s fortunes will improve.

“It was important that we got off the mark,” said the much-travelled campaigner.

“The gaffer’s changed the team because in the last five games we haven’t being doing well, but give credit to the whole team – and especially the back four.

“When you come away to Chesterfield you expect to come under pressure at some stages in the game.

“They got promoted for a reason and they have a good manager in John Sheridan.

“In some ways we were quite lucky that we didn’t concede in the first half, but there were some good blocks from us and good defending from the back four.

“The midfield worked hard too and we just need a few more chances for the front two, but we’ve come away with a point and we’re grateful.”

Forbes admits he is still not fully match fit yet.“It’s taken a bit of time for me to come back. I missed pre-season, so I need to get my match fitness back,” he said.

“I was blowing to be honest in the first 10 minutes on Saturday. I think two more games and my match fitness will be back.”

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