Why Alex is playing with a smile on his face

Orient’s top scorer has netted four goals in four games and wants to keep hitting the target

ORIENT striker Alex Revell has scored four goals in the last four games – but knows he needs to keep hitting the target if he wants to stay in the team.

The 27-year-old is the club’s leading scorer this season with seven to his name and he would like to reach double figures quickly, a milestone he has managed just once before in his career, with Brighton during the 2006-07 season.

After his latest strike against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, Revell admitted: “As a centre forward you are judged on goals and before I came here, apart from last season, I probably hadn’t scored enough.

“But I’m enjoying it here and you always play better with a smile on your face. I’ve got good players around me putting the ball in the box and that’s all I can ask.

“All centre forwards want to reach double figures and when the goals come you just try and keep going and get into the right areas.

“I did that today (at Dagenham) and scored one and should have had another. I just want to keep taking my chances.”

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With Scott McGleish and Jonathan Tehoue returning to fitness, Revell knows that competition for places up front will be fierce and suggests that he must keep scoring to cement his place in the team.

“I want to stay in the side and there are a lot of good forwards here,” he said.

“Scott (McGleish) has come back in and Jonathan (Tehoue) put in a really good shift today.

“So there is pressure on all of us. It’s nice to keep scoring, but we have got to perform well to stay in the team.”

It’s a busy few days for the O’s as they travel to Bristol Rovers on Saturday and then entertain Dagenham & Redbridge in an FA Cup first round replay next Tuesday.

Saturday’s game gives Orient another chance to record their first away win in the league since January and Revell insists they can take heart from last weekend’s draw with the Daggers.

“We’re disappointed not to have won the game, we had enough chances,” he said.

“It’s a difficult place to come, but the boys have defended well as the pressure can be relentless. I thought that we played a lot better than the last time we were here.

“I think we can be pleased with the way we played, and can take a lot of positives from the game.

“So we go into the next game at Bristol Rovers full of optimism, because our last two away performances have been encouraging.

“It’s a good time to go down there, and we need to win away and get that monkey off our back. It’s a horrible thing and we need to get rid of it.

“But, in all honesty, I don’t think the results away from home have reflected the way we have played.

“We have deserved a lot more than what we have got.

“We were disappointed not to have won at Dagenham and we can take credit from that and go on to the next game.

“I think all our recent performances have been decent and we can fancy our chances on Saturday and in the replay against Dagenham & Redbridge.

“I still believe that the only disappointing performance this season was here at Dagenham in the league, where we were nowhere near it.

“But that apart, we’ve always been in games and now we’re creating quite a few chances and that can only be encouraging.”