Alberto Cavasin sad for Leyton Orient’s Liam Kelly with midfielder set for spell on the sidelines

11:00 17 October 2016

Leyton Orient vice-captain Liam Kelly knocks the ball forward ahead of Barnet rival Curtis Weston (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient vice-captain Liam Kelly knocks the ball forward ahead of Barnet rival Curtis Weston (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

Italian talks about individual mistakes in the Luton Town match and how the mentality of the O’s squad must improve

Leyton Orient manager Alberto Cavasin is disappointed to lose vice-captain Liam Kelly for a lengthy period of time.

The 26-year-old suffered a torn hamstring during the 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth on October 8.

And the former Oldham Athletic skipper will now undergo surgery and probably won’t play again until 2017.

“I’m sad for Liam because of the suffering he’ll have during these weeks out injured,” said Cavasin via a translator.

“Technical wise and tactically it is a very big loss for the team, but these are situations you find yourself in.

“The squad has to be good and get past these situations so we’ve got to learn to live with this moment in the best way possible.

“In these recent matches the midfield has been built up in not a perfect way and all of us know how important Liam is to the team. In this situation his loss is quite heavy on us, but I’m not looking for excuses.”

With Kelly on the sidelines, Orient were at least boosted by the return of Nigel Atangana on Saturday at home to Luton Town.

The Hatters won 2-1 at Brisbane Road, however, after goals from Cameron McGeehan and Danny Hylton.

Ollie Palmer pulled one back for O’s – the first goal they’ve scored since September 24 – but it wasn’t enough to halt their poor run.

Cavasin added: “The whole team needs to try and take home a result even when an individual makes a mistake.

“This is a moment where we pay everything, you could say we are out of luck, but we know we can bring the luck to our side by working hard during the week and making things happen on a Saturday.

“Maybe we don’t have to improve a lot on the pitch, but more has to happen to the group’s mentality all together, but I’ll try my best to bring out the best in terms of the results.”

Orient’s performance last weekend was an improvement compared to recent weeks, but individual errors let them down.

A positive was they created more chances than in previous matches, which shows things are slowly getting better.

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