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Scott Cuthbert insists players are determined to break Leyton Orient's club record at Colchester United
Scott Cuthbert admits the Leyton Orient squad are determined to break a 103-year club record this weekend at Colchester United.
A win tomorrow will give Russell Slade’s men their most league victories in a row at the start of a season.
The O’s equalled the achievement of the 1910/11 side last weekend when they recorded their fourth consecutive league win to maintain their 100 per cent record in League One.
When asked if the team paid attention to the record books, Cuthbert said: “Of course we do. That drives us forward and we want to break records.
“The record we matched on Saturday was different class and gave us all a lift. That’s what we talked about after the game and if we win on Saturday we’ll be talking about it again.
“It’s something that drives us on and keeps us going. At the end of the day you want to be winning every game, breaking records and winning things. I don’t see why it shouldn't drive us forward.”
If Orient are to make history they will have to overcome a poor recent record against Colchester. Their opponents have won the last three meetings between the sides and the U’s have four victories and a draw from their last five home league clashes.
Colchester have also made an encouraging start to the campaign and are yet to lose in League One but Cuthbert believes strong backing from the visiting fans can help keep Orient top of the table.
The Scottish defender said: “It’s going to be a tough game. We’re not under-estimating Colchester who have had an unbeaten start.
“We’re looking forward to the game and hopefully the fans get behind us, get that stand filled and keep the momentum going.
“That’s what we want and we just want to keep on winning games, stay at the top of the league and let everyone else chase us.
“I think we owe them one after losing two games to them last year and it’s a local derby so hopefully the fans get down there and fill the stand so we can keep the momentum going and stay top of the league.”
Cuthbert added: “The last two seasons we’ve been on one or two points [after the first month] so it’s lovely to be at the top sitting on 12 points having everyone else below us but we can’t take our foot off the gas.
“As soon as we do that we know we’re not a good enough team so everyone has to be fully focused and at 100 per cent. At the moment we are and I think that will continue.”
The size of Orient’s squad has been highlighted as a reason the team could struggle to maintain their position at the summit of League One.
While Cuthbert admits the club need to be fortunate with keeping their players fit, the defender thinks Yeovil Town’s success last season proves a small squad can still win promotion.
The 26-year-old said: “It is possible because Yeovil did it last year so it’s not impossible.
“I think once you get to December and January time and start stretching your squad, you’ll maybe see the quality of Wolves and Bristol City but that’s when we’ve got to knuckle down and realise we have to look after ourselves and I’m sure we will.
“You’d be a very lucky team if you went through a full season without any player getting injured or suspended so you need a bit of luck,” Cuthbert added.
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