Date: 27th September 2006 at 1:30pm
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Orient manager Martin Ling confessed that despite his team’s superhuman efforts, the result failed to paper over the all too obvious cracks in his Orient side. Yet, Ling is also quite aware how crucial the comeback could be in lifting the morale of players, staff and all associated with the O’s.

Speaking after witnessing an Orient comeback of tremendous magnitude, Ling told that this result could spur on his side as they look to kick start their season.

‘We’ve kept on coming in after defeats and trying to lift the players recently, but a finish to a game like tonight’s gives them a natural lift and makes our job a little easier. This could give us the belief that the teams we’re playing aren’t superhuman’.

With his side 3-0 down before the hour mark, Ling admitted his concern that his players looked psycologically disadvantaged after recent results. ‘Standing from the sidelines, you’re looking it at 3-0 and they seemed quicker, sharper, brighter and fitter, but that’s nothing to do with the fitness in our players’ legs, and has everything to do with the fitness in our players’ heads. That was proven in those 11 minutes because they crumbled after we got the first goal back – and for that to happen we needed people like Adam Chambers chasing lost causes to earn ourselves a penalty, Daryl McMahon to make two goals and Locky to get a hat-trick.

One point that hasn’t escaped Ling is Orient’s porous defence which he claims is on the verge of being rectified. ‘We’re working on our defensive problems day in day out, but it’s not rectifying the situation and it needs to be solved as soon as possible because we’re not going to come back like that very often.’

With an away trip to Blackpool on Saturday, Ling will be hoping that the O’s can carry on from where they left off against Gillingham and bring three precious points back to East London.