Orient skipper Dawson says forget about Arsenal

There are two important league games before the FA Cup clash

ORIENT skipper Stephen Dawson insists that all thoughts of the club’s FA Cup game with Arsenal must be put on the back burner – as they continue to try and climb the table.

The O’s entertain Bristol Rovers on Saturday and then travel to the MK Dons next Tuesday and after Tuesday night’s win against Swindon took the O’s to within seven points of the top six, Dawson said: “These are two massively important league games for us.

“The game against Bristol Rovers is not going to be easy, as they are down there fighting for their lives.

“Then we have got to go to MK Dons – who are right up there pushing for a play-off place and that’s where we want to be.

“We have got to keep our concentration, get a good points return from these next two games and then we can really start to enjoy the FA Cup match against Arsenal.

“But, we have got to remember that the League is very much our bread and butter.

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“We have spent a long time trying to get into the top half and now we can start looking upwards instead of over our shoulders.

“We have lost just once in our last 18 games and if we can keep that sort of run going then there is no reason why we can’t target a place in the top six.

“To be honest, I don’t think we played well against Swindon. We were not at our best, yet we took the points and that is what we have got to keep doing.”