Orient defender Baudry does not expect club to fall away from top of League One (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Leyton Orient defender Mathieu Baudry believes club will not fall away like Tranmere last season
Mathieu Baudry believes the Leyton Orient dressing room is full of winners and insists the characters in the squad will prevent the O’s from falling away in League One this season.
Russell Slade’s team have enjoyed a blistering start to the league campaign, winning their first eight consecutive matches before drawing 1-1 against Walsall on Saturday.
Despite being three points clear at the top of the table, comparisons have been made to Tranmere Rovers who were unbeaten after winning nine of their first 12 games last season but ended up finishing 11th.
Baudry however is confident the strong mentality in the Orient squad will prevent a similar collapse.
“Everyone compares us to Tranmere but we’re not Tranmere,” the 25-year-old said.
“We have great personalities here, we are winners and we have great characters which mean we will try and win every game and I don’t see that changing. We have a small squad but we carry on to the end.”
It is Orient’s best start to a league season in 103 years and the team were just two wins short of matching the club’s record of ten consecutive victories.
Baudry insists that while it was great for the team to write their name into the history books, the players are more concerned about where they finish at the end of the campaign.
He said: “Everyone talks about the winning run but in our mind it’s not just about the run.
“We just talk about the next game and it doesn’t change because we got a draw or because the run has finished.
“We knew it would come to an end, it was nice for everyone to make history but at the end of the day what we want is to do well at the end of the season.
“If we don’t make the play-offs at the end of the season we will be disappointed.”
With the score at 1-1, Baudry came close to scoring a late winner for Orient on Saturday but his header from close range crashed against the crossbar.
“I started celebrating like it was in because I hit it well but I think I hit it too well,” he said.
“If I had missed it a bit it would have gone either side of the keeper but I caught it straight on and it went straight at him.”
This is Baudry’s second season at Brisbane Road and, having established himself in the heart of the O’s defence, the Frenchman’s performances have blossomed.
He insists he is happy at the club and, like the rest of the squad is ambitious to play at the highest level he can.
“I have adapted to this country and I like it here, I feel very English these days,” he said.
“I always want to play in front of big crowds, in big stadiums and play as high a standard as I can.
“That’s what I want to do with this team – everyone here is ambitious, they want to go higher and there’s a lot of self-belief.”
Baudry paid tribute to Slade and says the O’s boss is not only a good motivator, but he also gives the players the freedom to express themselves on the pitch.
“He’s always positive and he lets you play your game,” Baudry said.
“He’s very supportive and when you go out on the pitch you just want to give 100 per cent for the gaffer and for the fans.
“He’s always behind us and we give our best for him.”
Baudry also hailed the O’s supporters and said he hopes they continue to suppport the team with the same enthusiasm throughout the season.
“The support is great,” he said. “When you start the game and you can hear them singing about being top of the league it lifts you so I hope they stick with us and carry on because we’re still top of the league.
“We’ll have a good rest and get ready for the next challenge against Oldham. Nothing changes, we carry on.”
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