Leyton Orient midfielder Romain Vincelot believes Wolves defeat was perfect preparation for play-offs

Romain Vincelot has previous experience in the play-offs: Simon O'Connor

Romain Vincelot has previous experience in the play-offs: Simon O'Connor

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Romain Vincelot believes their defeat to Wolves is the “perfect” preparation for next month’s play-offs.

Leyton Orient have two games left before they go into the knock-out competition for a place in the Championship and League 1 winners Wolves offered them a demanding warm-up test.

The O’s were harshly beaten but Kenny Jackett’s side exposed some defensive frailties and also demonstrated the clinical finishing necessary to win promotion.

Although Orient were beaten, Frenchman Vincelot insists the performance has given them confidence and is the ideal way to prepare for the semi-finals.

The midfielder said: “I think it’s the perfect preparation and exercise for the play-offs against a really good team. The performance and attitude was really good so it was a good exercise and we can see where we made some mistakes. It’s good to do that now so that we can work on it in time for the play-offs.

“I’m not looking at the results. I will go away from this defeat without feeling down because it showed me we have a good team.

“Forget the result because now it doesn’t really matter whereas it will in two weeks. I will go home confident because we’re a really good team. There were a few mistakes but we have time to work on it which is a good thing.”

Vincelot has previous experience of success in the play-offs having helped Dagenham & Redbridge to promotion from League 2 in 2010 after beating Rotherham United at Wembley.

The former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder thinks mental strength is arguably the most important asset at this stage of the season and insists the O’s must also make sure they enjoy the big occasion.

The 28-year-old said: “I think it’s all in the head when you get to the play-offs. It’s a long season so the mindset is one of the biggest factors. You have to be positive and have a smile on your face. This is the way to be because it’s not often you get into the play-offs, so you have to embrace it and I think we have the team to do that. We have a great togetherness and work ethic so I’m really confident.”

Vincelot is still waiting for his first goal of the season after his header struck the woodwork on Monday. But the Frenchman insists this summed up the O’s luck against Wolves and believes they can take a lot from the performance.

“It was really harsh and I think we deserved much more,” Vincelot said. “It was a good display and we had a lot of chances. I don’t know how some didn’t go in but you can see how football is. We paid a high price for a few mistakes and we did more than them in terms of chances but didn’t score from them.

“I think we have to keep in mind they’re the champions and the display and effort was brilliant so this is the positive thing we have to remember,” he added.

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