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Preview: Waddock looks ahead to Leyton Orient

2 September 2019

Gary Waddock previews Blues' Leasing.com Trophy opening Group C clash against Leyton Orient.

On the change of competition…

We want to go there and obviously put on a good performance and we’re looking to win the game, we need to start doing that and building some confidence so will be going into that game in the right frame of mind.

On if it will be a stronger side out as the Portsmouth game has now been postponed…

It would probably have been a strong side anyway but with the game off on Saturday it opens it up for everybody really. I’m sure there’ll be some fresh legs in there as well because we need to have high energy in the team especially with a lot of games we’ve had in the last few weeks. We want to approach it with a lot of energy.

On Charlie Kelman and Mark Milligan going off on international duties…

It’s great for both of the players to be called up by their countries and we wish them good luck. We can’t select them but it’s a great opportunity for both players and it’s great recognition for them two players and the football club. It gives an opportunity to other players who have been possibly on the fringes and obviously with the results that we’ve had all the places are up for grabs, so if you get that shirt tomorrow evening and you put in a performance then it puts you in a good position for the league campaign.

On this being a meeting on the backdrop of the tragic passing of Justin Edinburgh in the summer…

It was dreadful news, when it happened my thoughts were with Justin and his family. The job that he did for the football club and to get them back in the League was fantastic. Everybody in the footballing world was deeply saddened to hear the dreadful news but they are a good club they’ve had some real hard times, but Justin got them going again. All credit to him and his staff they’ve kept on the good work for him.

On Leyton Orient’s start to the season…

They’ve done very well, Justin’s put everything in place and obviously Ross has come in and taken the reigns. He’s been influenced by Justin and what Justin’s done, credit to him because it’s a very difficult situation he took over and his staff have done a fantastic job to get to where they are. It’s going to be a tough game for us, it’s also going to be one that we’re looking forward to.

On Sam Mantom’s availability for tomorrow…

We’ve got a few bumps and bruises as well as a few injuries, we will give the lads every opportunity and wait until the last minute to see whose fit and available but we’re going to go there with a group of players who are determined to get a result.


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