Skipper Dawson insists that Orient won’t change their style

O’s midfielder is frustrated with the fans

Skipper Stephen Dawson insists Orient won’t change their style of play – despite coming under fire from a section of the fans.

The captain was unhappy after Tuesday night’s draw with Dagenham & Redbridge and said: “It’s a bit frustrating at times. I’m coming off the pitch and I’m hearing people booing.

“People have got to realise that we’re trying to play out from the back. That’s what has brought us success so far this season.

“We’re four points off the play-offs with a game in hand and I don’t see what all the fuss is about.”


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The summer signing from Bury insists the supporters have to realise the progress the team has made.

“The fans have been great all year, but they have to realise how far we have come,” he said.

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“For the last four years the club have been in the bottom six and fighting relegation.

“We are not going to change things now.We will play the last 10 games that way and see whether it’s good enough or not.”

Orient continue their league campaign at home to Yeovil on Saturday and four of their next five games are at Brisbane Road.

With 10 games left to play, Dawson acknowledges the next couple of weeks will make or break the club’s push towards the play-off places.

“The next six games will decide whether or not we are going to do anything this year,” said Dawson.

“Yeovil will be another tough game on Saturday, they are fighting for their lives.

“But, we believe we have got a great chance of making the play-offs. Everyone in there believes we can make it and we are not going to give in.

“We have got to kick on and drive towards the play-offs. We have had a lot of games, but that’s something we have got to deal with.”

Dawson hopes that the O’s fans will be back on board at the weekend: “They have been great all year and I hope they will get behind us again on Saturday,” he said.

“We were favourites to go down at the start of the year, but now we are seventh, they have to realise that.”

A big worry for Orient manager Russell Slade, who will want to do well against his former club, is whether Charlie Daniels will be fit after limping off on Tuesday night.

“It didn’t look good for Charlie. He left the ground on crutches with an ankle problem. We will have to wait and see.”

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