Fabio Liverani has hailed the spirit of his Leyton Orient team after they picked up a valuable 1-0 win at Coventry City to move out of the Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone.Liverani had previously labelled the game as a six-pointer, and it was the London side who took the spoils after Josh Wright’s 78th-minute strike at the Ricoh Arena.
“The spirit was always present and tonight we got the points,” the manager told Orient Player after the match.
“It was a six-pointer and the win is very important to us. I’m very pleased that the goal came from Josh Wright. We’ve tried motivate him because he’s a player who has a lot of ability, and I’m really pleased that he’s performed well and got the goal.”
Orient’s preparation was disrupted by injury to Dean Cox in the warm-up, but that didn’t deter the O’s as they recorded their second straight league success, after a 3-1 weekend triumph over Port Vale.
Those two victories have lifted Liverani's side up to 18th in the standings, two points above the bottom four ahead of the Easter weekend.
“Dean Cox had a problem with his hamstring in the warm-up. Jobi McAnuff came back after playing in Jamaica, and Ryan Hedges played 90 minutes for Wales Under-21s on Tuesday night and gave everything.
“Today we had 10 or 15 minutes where we really struggled, and keeping the clean sheet was partly down to the goalkeeper and defenders, and also partly down to luck.
“Having said that we’ve had games where we’ve not been able to score past their goalkeeper and they’ve punished us so we’ve had a bit more luck.
“With seven games to go, every game is important and we’re aiming for the maximum amount of points to get out of this situation as quickly as possible.”