Orient defender Whing is aiming for the top six

O’s are up to seventh and have the play-offs in sight

Leyton Orient entertain Oldham Athletic on Saturday, with defender Andrew Whing insisting a play-off charge is on.

Since bowing out of the FA Cup at Arsenalthe O’s have won back-to-back league games against Notts County and Walsall.

After Tuesday night’s success the O’s moved up to seventh place in the table and are eight points behind the MK Dons, but have four games in hand.

Whing said: “We’re on a great run at the minute and we’re looking towards the play-offs.

“We are really playing well and with the run we’re on, we are looking upwards.”

Orient are now unbeaten in 12 league games and manager Russell Slade added: “There is obviously a confidence in there and we’ve just got to keep the momentum going and keep our attitude and focus.

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“To be realistic, we’re still eight points off the play-offs, even though we do have those games in hand.

“We’ve just got to keep concentrating on doing what we’re doing. We’ve had a lovely focus and we don’t want to bring that pressure of trying to get into that top six with it.

“We just want to keep playing our football and see where it takes us.”

After Saturday’s game against Oldham, the O’s travel to Hartlepool United next Tuesday and then face a London derby with Brentford, before starting a run of five home games in six matches, which could be the key to success.

Certainly Whing, who scored a vital goal in Saturday’s victory against Notts County is confident.

“The mood in the camp could not be higher – especially if I am scoring,” he said.

The former Brighton man added: “To bounce back from a 5-0 defeat at Arsenal was fantastic and I thought that all the players were brilliant against Notts County.

“The first 20 minutes was the best we have played, especially on a ropey pitch, as the ball was bobbling everywhere. But I thought that we passed it fantastically well.

Until three weeks ago Whing hadn’t scored for almost six years, now he’s netted two in three weeks.

“I think I’m going to go and ask the chairman for a goal bonus,” he smiled.

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