Date: 8th September 2006 at 6:44pm
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Orient face three tricky fixtures in the upcoming week and manager Martin Ling is well aware of the task that faces his players. With the London derby against Brentford on Saturday, the O`s then travel to Bristol City on Tuesday before taking on Brighton at the Withdean next Saturday.

This is a massive week”, said Ling. ‘Brentford come here on Saturday, and then we go on to play Bristol City and Brighton in this seven-day period and we need to get some points on the board. We’ve had a sticky start to the season, in that we’ve lost four on the bounce following those wins over Millwall and Bournemouth”, commented the O`s boss. Ling also points to the defensive frailties his team have shown in recent games and hopes that his team can eradicate their mistakes against Brentford. Ling commented on the recent defeats and stated that,”in losing those games we’ve conceded nine and only scored one, so we need to do something about that and now it’s time for us to step up to the plate”.

The task facing the O`s is sizeable and with unbeaten Brentford first up, Ling is expecting a stern test from the Bees. “On current form and judging by where Brentford are in the league, Saturday will be a real test for us. It’s a proper London derby and a good crowd would be expected”. However, Ling expects his side to step up to the challenge and give a good account of themselves. “I feel we’re better at Brisbane Road when there’s a real atmosphere and I also feel that our supporters are better when they’re up against a vocal away support. Our supporters at Tranmere were superb. They saw some rubbish in the first half but they stuck with us and they will be needed again over these three games”.

Ling does have plenty to think about before naming his starting line up as his squad is stretched for the first time this season. “We’ve got a few injuries, a suspension and a player out on loan, so it looks like from an 24-man squad I’ll only have 17 or 18 to pick from”.

Ling has worries in midfield ahead of the clash with Brentford with some notable absentees. “Tudor and Easton look like missing out with injury and there are a couple of 50-50s too, with Steele ill and Fortune injured. When you look at it and see the names Mackie, Tudor and Easton out you feel that’s a big miss, and with Steele and Fortune also possibly out that’s even bigger. But I’ve said all along that we’ve got a good squad and now it’s up to us to prove that”