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Leyton Orient keeper Jamie Jones eyes Wembley target after Coventry City win
Jamie Jones insists the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is a great way to get to Wembley after his save helped the O’s defeat Coventry City on penalties.
Orient missed out on a big day out at the national stadium last season after losing their area final against Southend United.
But the League One leaders are through to the third round after their 4-2 shoot-out success over City and the keeper has his sights on another prolonged run in the competition.
The former Everton youngster said: “It’s great. We noticed last year that it’s a great way to get to Wembley for the fans. There’s obviously the play-offs and promotion but this is a great route to Wembley and we’re looking to go far.
“We take every game seriously and we’re taking our league form into the cup and vice versa.”
The Orient keeper was untroubled during the 90 minutes but played a key role in their penalty shoot-out win after saving Franck Moussa’s strike.
The 24-year-old said: “We do a bit of research with videos from previous games. But on the night when it’s a penalty shoot-out, there are four or five players taking them that I don’t know. They’ve not taken a penalty before so you don’t know where they’re going, so it’s just about reading them and where you think they will go.
“We had that out [tablet] and watched three penalty takers previously they’ve had. We didn’t watch it before the game, because we didn’t know it was going to penalties, so we watched it at the end when I was nice and fresh.”
Jones added: “I went the right way with Fleck. He’s put it past the post but I think if it was inside the post I would have got it. He went there on his previous penalty so that’s the way I chose to go and I would have saved that if it was inside the post.
“I stood up and Leon Clarke’s last two penalties he’s smashed down the middle and I saved one against him in the Capital One Cup so I thought he was just going to put his laces through the ball. I’ve reacted and was unfortunate not to save it.”
Jones’ form this season has been impressive and as the longest serving member of the squad he has played a significant part in their exceptional start in the league.
“I’m very pleased [with my form],” he said. “I took my performances from the back end of last season and pre-season into this year and have been doing really well.
“But it helps with the back four I’ve got in front of me who have been outstanding.
“That breeds confidence into my game and their game when I’m pulling off saves so long may that continue.
“I love this club and this is my sixth season now. With all the boys coming in we’ve got a great set of lads and it's a good club so I’m always happy here,” Jones added.
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