Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis expecting his players to heed warning ahead of Gateshead clash
PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 October 2017
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Orient defeated Dagenham & Redbridge last Tuesday in the FA Cup, but have not won in the league since September 2
Steve Davis is expecting a reaction from his Leyton Orient players tonight after giving them a public dressing down on Saturday.
The O’s host Gateshead this evening at Brisbane Road looking to end a run of eight National League games without a win.
Macclesfield Town defeated Orient 1-0 last weekend, which led to Davis call on his squad to step it up and stop being so inconsistent.
Looking ahead to tonight’s fixture with the Heed, he said: “We’ve got to respond and hopefully after the things I’ve said to the players they’ll react.
“The difficult thing is not really knowing what the players are going to give me. When you get to the high echelons of the Football League, you more or less know what they are going to give you and that is quality.
“I can never fault the effort of the players because they run around and work really hard, but they don’t show the quality week in, week out which you need to get out of this league.
“We have got to learn and hopefully they have taken on board what I said and they respond. It is going to be another tough game for us because they’ve got a different manager, so it might be a different approach now.
“Also, it’s a chance for players that maybe haven’t been playing in the team to play, so it will be tough, but hopefully we have a couple back and that could give us a boost as well.”
Davis went on to insist he has no plans on going anywhere despite overseeing the O’s poor recent run.
The 52-year-old called on his squad to forget about social media and focus on moving Orient away from the bottom four.
He added: “There is plenty of life and endeavour in me, so I’ll be looking at the performance and looking at the team because we need people out there who will fight and scrap to win games and that’s important.
“At times we don’t have enough who do that and whether they read too much into social media or not, I don’t know, but my message to them is to focus on their performances and forget about everything else around them.”
Following his public criticism, Davis will be desperate to see Orient get back on track otherwise he may have another problem to solve.