Orient must be consistent says Vincelot
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French midfielder prepares for next test
Orient midfielder Romain Vincelot says the unbeaten League One leaders must remain on their guard to stay ahead of the chasing pack.
Russell Slade’s men had to come from behind to earn a draw at Oldham last weekend, but Peterborough cut their lead at the top to a single point.
O’s beat Coventry on penalties in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in midweek and welcome MK Dons to Brisbane Road this weekend looking to make it 11 games unbeaten in league play.
And Frenchman Vincelot knows opposition teams will be determined to inflict their first loss of the campaign, saying: “They come and if they see that they‘re on a good day and they have time to think ‘come on, let’s go and do a big thing’ because now it looks like it will be a big thing to beat us.
“That’s good because we have put ourselves in this position so we have to be proud of that, but at the same time be aware that this is a good position to be in so we need to keep it.
“We are aware that if or when we are going to lose it’s not going to be the end of the world, we just have to be consistent.
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“It’s an extra motivation because we are talking about it saying ‘let’s keep it going’ because the more wins we get, the more pride we have as well.”
Orient’s David Mooney won the player of the month award for September, but fellow striker Kevin Lisbie missed the midweek action due to a dead leg.
Young loanee Jayden Stockley picked up a knock against Coventry, meaning boss Slade is likely to make a late decision on his starting line-up against MK Dons.
But Vincelot says the small tight-knit squad will not get carried away with their excellent start to the campaign.
He added: “Not in the dressing room or not with the staff, because we really try to keep our feet on the ground. We see a lot in the media, but that’s normal pressure.
“At the same time I see we’ve won eight games from ten and two draws and we’re just one point clear so we can’t look at the table and just smile because it’s really quite tough.
“They (Peterborough and Wolves) are just one point behind and we had an amazing start so it will be really hard all the way.”