Porter believes Blackburn test is a welcome distraction for Orient

Youngster believes that the O’s will give it a go

Orient youngster George Porter believes that tonight’s Carling Cup third round clash at Premier League side Blackburn, is just the distraction the side need following an awful start to the season.

The O’s are marooned at the foot of League One and have failed to win any of their nine league matches so far this season.

But they have made progress in the Carling Cup with victories against Southend and Bristol Rovers.

Porter, who made his first league start of the season against Oldham on Saturday and fired Orient into the lead, before the visitors hit back with three late goals said: “The main priority is the league at the moment.

“But we’re looking forward to the Blackburn game. I think the whole team are really.

“Hopefully, we can get a result. I think it will take our minds off the league.

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“We will give it a go as well, we won’t just sit back. We’ll see how it goes and hopefully get a win and get a big team in the next round.”

Meanwhile, Orient boss Russell Slade is hoping that tonight’s game, or Saturday’s difficult trip to Huddersfield Town could provide a turning point for the season.

“They might just be the recipe to go and get a result against one of the bigger teams,” he said.

“It might be just what we need; it might be just the tonic.”

Skipper Stephen Dawson (ankle) and striker Jamie Cureton (groin) are both likely to miss out, while Scott Cuthbert is suspended and Kevin Lisbie is struggling to overcome a thigh problem.