Leyton Orient v Crawley Town preview

The O's will have to put their midweek disappointment against Southend behind them: Simon O'Connor

The O's will have to put their midweek disappointment against Southend behind them: Simon O'Connor

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Leyton Orient will have to put the disappointment of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Southend United behind them when they host Crawley Town in League One this weekend.

The O's missed out on a place at Wembley on Wednesday night and will have to concentrate on mounting a late push for the play-offs.

Orient defender Scott Cuthbert insists the players have to focus on chasing down the top-six and must put their cup agony behind them.

The former Celtic centre-back said: "You never know. We hold on to hope. We're ten points off it just now but we've got 14 games left in the league and if we can get a run going then you never know.

"We're definitely going to try that's for sure. Everyone's disappointed but we will put that to the back of our minds when we play Crawley."

Orient will be without the injured Martin Rowlands and Gary Sawyer but will welcome Charlie MacDonald back into the side. There is also an outside chance that Kevin Lisbie could make the bench after his six week lay-off with a hamstring injury.

The O's have only played one match against mid-table Crawley and this came back in September when they lost 1-0 at the Broadfield Stadium. 

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