Orient youngster Porter insists the team won’t buckle under pressure
“It’s a strong group in the dressing room and we’re still together”
Orient head for Huddersfield Town on Saturday still looking for their first league win of the season - but teenager George Porter insists that morale is still high.
The O’s currently prop up the League One table and have taken just two points from a possible 27, but Porter has provided some of the rare highlights this season.
The 19-year-old scored on his first league start against Oldham on Saturday and also set up Orient’s first goal in their 3-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night.
“I don’t think we’re feeling the pressure, we’re still together,” said Porter, who believes the first win is just around the corner.
“It’s a strong group in the dressing room. I think the win will come,” he said.
“We will keep training hard and we have got to get our heads down and get the first win, that’s the main thing.”
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Saturday’s league game will be the toughest of the season so far, as the O’s travel to an in-form Huddersfield side. The Terriers have gone 34 games since they last suffered a league defeat - back in December 2010.
But Porter remains optimistic and is looking forward to Saturday’s clash.
“I didn’t go to Huddersfield last season,” he said.
“But they are a big team, with a big ground and a big crowd, so it’s going to be hard going up there.
“We got a result there last season (Orient drew 2-2) and I think the boys will try and get some spirit from that and go up there and get a result again.”
After playing against Premier League side Blackburn on Tuesday night, Porter has come a long way since turning out for Ryman League side Cray Wanderers, before joining the O’s in the summer of 2010.
“It’s a big step up from Cray,” he said. “Two years I think it is now, it’s great here, I’m still enjoying it. I love it,” said Porter who went home from Ewood Park with Martin Olsson’s shirt as a memento!
When he signed for the O’s Porter was earmarked as one for the future, but he has started to make his mark this season and admits things are happening a little quicker than he anticipated.
“Last year I was out on loan and this year I thought I would take my time progressing,” he said.
“I had a good pre-season and the gaffer has been speaking to me a lot this year. He’s been in my ear telling me I have been doing well. I’m just happy to be playing and to be part of the gaffer’s plans.
“He has been bringing me on a couple of times and I’ve just got to take every chance I get really and not get ahead of myself and hopefully try and get a win – that’s the main thing.”
Porter, who was born in Bexley, was delighted to open his goal account last Saturday and said: “I finally got a start and I was happy to score, but was disappointed about the result really.
“I thought that in the first half we played really well, we were on top and passing the ball well.
“I don’t really know what happened in the second half we just lost concentration and let three goals in.”
After making a mark in recent games Porter hopes to remain involved, but admits he is taking nothing for granted.
“I’ll see what the gaffer wants me to do. I’ll keep pushing hard,” he said.
“If he keeps bringing me on I’ll try and do my best and stay fit and do whatever I can to be an option for him.
“I just want to try and get on the pitch really and try and play a part.”