Orient’s Nugent admits his return to Swansea City will be tough

Orient’s assistant boss looks forward to a sentimental return to the Liberty Stadium

ORIENT’S assistant manager Kevin Nugent makes a sentimental return to Swansea City for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie.

During his time in Wales, Nugent captained both Swansea and Cardiff City and was also assistant manager of the Swans under Kenny Jackett.

Nugent is relishing his return to the Liberty Stadium and was delighted when the O’s were paired with his former club.

“I’m looking forward to going back, I still know quite a lot of people there and obviously I played for both of the South Wales clubs and captained them which was nice, as not many have done that,” he said.

Nugent has fond memories of his time at Swansea and added: “It’s a fantastic club and its run really, really, well.”

Swansea are pushing for promotion from the Championship and Nugent added: “I think they are good enough to go up and it would be great to see both them and Cardiff in Premier League, that would be fantastic.”

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After their success against Norwich City in the last round, Orient will be keen to capture another Championship scalp, but Nugent acknowledges that it won’t be easy to repeat their third round success.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game for us; we’re up against a very good side. They pass the ball well,” he said.

“They have got strength in depth, but we will go there and give it our best shot and hopefully be in the hat for the next round.”

Orient are sweating on the fitness of skipper Stephen Dawson, who limped out of Tuesday night’s game against the MK Dons with a dead leg.

While midfielder Adam Chambers and defender Elliot Omozusi, who have both been sidelined with hamstring problems are close to a return.

“We will assess them and there may be a couple back in there, but we don’t know yet, we will just have to wait and see,” he said.