Steve Davis wants to see more Leyton Orient fight at Gillingham in first round of the FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 10:30 02 November 2017

Leyton Orient defender Dan Happe battles with a Wrexham opponent (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient defender Dan Happe battles with a Wrexham opponent (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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After picking up a battling point at Wrexham, Orient now go in search of an upset at Priestfield Stadium

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis expects to see another fighting display from his team at Gillingham in the first round of the FA Cup this Saturday.

For one of the few times this season, the O’s will go into a game as big underdogs with the Kent club in League One, although currently in the bottom four of the division.

Orient will fancy their chances of causing an upset at the Priestfield Stadium with the Gills without a home win since September 16 – a run of four league games.

Davis saw his team produce a spirited performance at Wrexham to pick up a point last Saturday and bounce back following two defeats at Brisbane Road.

The O’s took 256 supporters up to North Wales and many more will be expected to make the trip across the Thames to see the club take on old foes Gillingham this weekend.

“I thought the fans were superb at Wrexham and made so much noise and considering the distance they had to travel, I thought they were excellent,” Davis told BBC London.

“They were behind the players all the way throughout the game and the players really appreciate that.

“Wrexham is a tough place to go to because they’ve been very good at home, so hopefully we’ve done a little bit – maybe five or 10 per cent – to put Tuesday (2-0 loss to Gateshead) right.

“Hopefully there are many more of those type of fighting performances to come because that’s got to happen now.

“We’ve got to start fighting and climbing the league and building on performances like the one at Wrexham and hopefully we keep doing that going forward.”

A problem for Davis this weekend will be the fact he is likely to be forced to make changes to the starting XI from Wrexham.

Mark Ellis and James Brophy were unable to play in the previous round of the FA Cup due to terms in their loan agreements from Carlisle United and Swindon Town respectively.

It is understood the pair will again have to sit out this Saturday’s clash in the competition which is a shame in particular for Ellis.

The defender produced his best display in an Orient shirt at Wrexham and capped a strong showing with a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw.

Davis added: “I’m pleased for him to score because he played more like I expect him to play. He’s found it difficult to settle in, but he was more like the Mark Ellis I know.”

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