Date: 27th September 2006 at 1:12pm
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Orient Captain John Mackie was justifiably delighted after his side came back from 3-0 down to clinch a point in tempestuous second half which saw Orient trail 3-0 with just 13 minutes remaining. However, the O’s skipper is concerned at the amount of goals the defence is conceding and has urged Orient to step up a level as they prepare for Blackpool on Saturday.

Talking after the game to Leytonorient.com, Mackie described both his elation and frustration after a rollercoaster of emotion had engulfed Brisbane Road. ‘Obviously at the end we’re delighted to get a point out of it, being 3-0 down. We’ve been 3-0 down a few times this season and not got anything from any of them, so we showed a bit of character, and Locky showed a bit of quality, but the bigger picture is that we’ve let in three goals again and it isn’t good enough. The comeback may have papered over a few cracks but in the defence we want to be keeping clean sheets. For 40 minutes of the first half we looked alright but then we’ve conceded two quick ones and given them another in the second half’.

Mackie also commented on the ridiculous situation that has seen Orient concede more goals than any other club in Leagues One or Two. ‘The goals we’ve let in this season, 24 or 25 now, it’s far too many after 11 games. All the supporters and even some of the players must have been thinking ‘Oh my God, we’re not getting anything from this,’ but we dug in, got a point and it’s a good point in the circumstances. So we’ve got to take the positives into Saturday; start quick, and get into Blackpool right from the off. We can’t afford to come back with less than three points, I don’t think.

With a huge game looming away at Blackpool on Saturday, the O’s skipper is all too aware that a victory for his side could kick start their season. ‘I actually said that in the changing room before the game: ‘forget the last ten games, the season starts today,’ then when you’re out there at 3-0 down you think maybe it’ll start next week. But, no, we’ve got a point and there’s 35 games left now, another 105 points to play for. We’re going to go and get as many of them as we can.’