Stevenage “confident” ahead of Orient showdown

Greg Tansey in action for Boro against Leyton Orient last season. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Greg Tansey in action for Boro against Leyton Orient last season. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

STEVENAGE head into Saturday’s game against Leyton Orient “full of confidence” despite the two sides experiencing a vastly different start to the season.

Boro have lost their first two Sky Bet League One games, going down 4-3 at home to Oldham Athletic on the opening day and losing 1-0 to Swindon Town at the Lamex last weekend.

Orient, on the other hand, sit top of the table having scored eight goals and conceded just once. Dave Mooney has had the golden touch so far, scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Shrewsbury and once against Carlisle United, which Orient won 5-1.

And while Orient sit top of League One, Graham Westley told the Comet he believes three points is a possibility on Saturday.

“[Orient] have scored eight in two games so they have potency going forward,” he said.

“They have experienced players in [Dean] Cox and [Kevin] Lisbie, as well as brightness and youth in wide areas but it’s very early to be talking about top and bottom of the league but they’ve won two games and can’t knock that.

“They have certain strengths and weaknesses so I will pick a team to exploit that.”

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He added: “For sure [we’re confident].

“When you’re learning people and working really hard at learning, and your know your performances are only marginally away from winning level, you’re always confident.

“The amount of work you do, and the amount of intelligence you show always directly affects confidence.

“I’ve been in camps that are a bit down and haven’t got the answers or don’t believe in the answers. I think we know what the answers are we believe we can make the improvements that are needed.

“We were always going to face some difficulties early on being a new team with new tactics and a new system. To be honest I was really surprised we beat Ipswich and played as well as we did.

“In my heart of hearts I didn’t think we would play that well so respect to the players as it was a massive performance under the circumstances. “They showed how far they have come so we just need to improve the minimum standard and bring it in on a consistent basis.”

Boro have had a shaky start to the season but Westley said it’s important the players don’t put negative pressure on themselves.

“This team will win a lot of points this season. Yes, we’d rather it was sooner than later because you want to get a good start but if you don’t you just get on with it.”