Date: 18th February 2011 at 8:16pm
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In October last year I was writing about Orient’s struggle for survival, sitting 23rd and only off the bottom on goal difference. I would never have thought, four months later, I would be writing about the possibility of Orient reaching this season’s play-offs!

But now, after an incredible run of only one defeat in 20, the O’s have a real chance of snatching a top six finish.

Even mentioning the word play-off may be tempting fate but with the team playing so well and only three points off sixth, it suddenly seems possible that we can finally look up rather than over our shoulders.

Russell Slade has created an amazing sense of team spirit, a belief that has seeped into the fans that our team has the strength, confidence and ability to beat anyone in the league.

But before I get carried away with the thought of Championship football, I know it will be no easy task. The likes of Huddersfield, Charlton, Southampton and Peterborough currently occupy the four places below the top two of Brighton and Bournemouth.

Arguably all the teams above us are bigger and better sides but there is something special going round Brisbane Road at the moment.

After the 3-0 win against Swindon last week Alex Revell told ‘I’ve said this all along – I want to be in that top six. I really believe we’ve got the players to do that.’

It is good that both players and fans are positive about what this team can achieve but is a top six finish too much too soon?

Reaching the play-offs would be a fantastic achievement but realistically (and with long-term stability in mind) I think a good top-half finish this season, add a few good players in the summer and push on next year, would be the best for the O’s.

What do you think about the possibility of pushing for a play-off place? Leave your thoughts below…

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