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Steve Davis urges Leyton Orient to be brave ahead of Tranmere Rovers battle

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 October 2017

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis looks on from the touchline against AFC Fylde (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis looks on from the touchline against AFC Fylde (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The two clubs recently plyed their trade in the Football League, but now find themselves facing each other in the National League

Leyton Orient boss Steve Davis knows it will not be easy for his team over the next two games, but he hopes they can end their poor National League form.

The O’s face Tranmere Rovers tonight (Wednesday) looking to earn their first victory since September 2.

BT Sport are broadcasting the fixture live and after taking on the Merseyside outfit, Orient travel further up the country to Barrow on Saturday.

“We have two hard games and going up to Tranmere won’t be easy,” said Davis, after last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at home to AFC Fylde.

“We have to show a lot of courage and strength to play in front of their fans, but the lads will be looking forward to it.”

Orient are currently on a run of five games without a win and what has not helped them during that spell is missed chances.

Apart from the 2-0 loss away to Boreham Wood, O’s have created plenty of chances in recent defeats, but just not showed the required cutting edge in front of goal.

Davis added: “We go into every game thinking we can win, but when you concede early and at the start of the second half, like we did against AFC Fylde, it makes it difficult because we know what teams will do.

“We have a lot of quality, but we are not producing it consistently enough and we are conceding really sloppy goals, so we need to be more consistent in attack and take opportunities when we create them and also not make mistakes in the vital areas of the pitch.”

It seems simple enough, but Orient haven’t done the basics right in recent weeks with set-pieces being their downfall throughout September.

The O’s will also be without Josh Coulson for the trip to Tranmere and for the next two months after he suffered a tear in his groin at Aldershot Town.

After only just returning from injury to start at the Recreation Ground, Davis said: “He was fit to play and didn’t complain about any problems in his groin.

“It was only in the latter stages that he mentioned it, so you have to make the decision with the player and the physio, but I wouldn’t have played him if he had any pain in there.

“It came on during the course of the game, late on, and he was rescanned because of that, so it is a blow to lose both centre-backs.

“For the first seven or eight games they had played every fixture and done well, so they are the heart of the team.

“You try to build from the back and to lose them both for a period of time has been a big blow and you’ve seen that.”

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