Gary Sawyer says the opportunity to play at Wembley Stadium is driving him ahead of Leyton Orient's play-off campaign

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Gary Sawyer (right) battles with Tranmere's Ryan Lowe on Saturday. Picture: Action Images Gary Sawyer (right) battles with Tranmere's Ryan Lowe on Saturday. Picture: Action Images

Gary Sawyer says he will "do anything" to reach the League One play-off final at Wembley on May 25, but admits he has no preference as to who Leyton Orient will face in their semi-final tie.

Despite boasting more than 250 league appearances, the 28-year-old has yet to feature in a play-off campaign and admits that the lure of Wembley is driving him on ahead of the first leg on May 10.

"For me it'll be the first time I've been in it. It's something you always want to be in is a kid, especially if it takes you to Wembley, it's the place where you dream about when you're playing on a park with your mates," enthused Sawyer.

"It's the one place where I'll do anything to get there, so fingers crossed we can do it."

Should the O's better Preston's result at Crewe Alexandra at the weekend, they will leapfrog Simon Grayson's side and secure third spot due to their superior goal difference.

Third place would guarantee Russell Slade's men a home semi-final second-leg and a tie against sixth-place Peterborough United, however Sawyer believes their is little point in Orient concerning themselves with who they'll compete against for a place at Wembley.

"I don't think there's a preference now. Everyone's at the same point, we all got there on merit now, everyone's had the same sort of the season, I think on our day, I genuinely believe we can beat anyway," explained Sawyer.

The O's have been impressive on their travels this term, garnering just one point less away from home than they have at Brisbane Road, something which Sawyer believes will play into Orient's hands in the play-offs.

"Honestly, I don't really think it matters too much [whether the home leg is first or second]. It's just two 90 minute games of football," reasoned Sawyer.

"Obviously it would be nice to play [the second leg] at home because if you do get through it's a great celebration for everyone involved with the club."

Sawyer also highlighted the important role that the O's supporters can play in the play-offs: "They have been [excellent] all season. We've had really good gates and they've travelled really well, so it's a massive thing.

"When we play in the away leg, it's a factor when you have to play with screaming fans against you. If we can make it like that here and take a good following as well, the fans can make a massive difference and I think they need to realise that."

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