Leyton Orient striker Kevin Lisbie hoping his goals can keep club in League One after Yeovil Town double

Kevin Lisbie made it 12 goals for the season with a brace on Saturday. Picture: Simon O'Connor

Kevin Lisbie made it 12 goals for the season with a brace on Saturday. Picture: Simon O'Connor

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Kevin Lisbie is hoping to fire the O’s to League One safety after bringing his goal tally to 12 for the season on Saturday.

The former Charlton Athletic man’s double had put Orient in the driving seat before a late comeback from Yeovil Town saw the visitors claim a 2-2 draw.

It was a result which lifted Russell Slade’s side above Walsall and put them four points clear of the relegation zone.

With two fixtures remaining, the O’s are not yet certain of their place in League One next season, but having notched three in his last two games, Lisbie his hoping his run in front of goal can help the team cross the finish line.

“I’m hoping so. For the team’s sake more than myself,” explained the 33-year-old. “It looks like we are going to need some goals between now and the end of the season and hopefully I will be the man to get them.”

He added: “I would rather get one and we’d have won. I started off quite late but to get 12 goals by this point is alright I think.

“Maybe I should have had a few more but when I first came here, we had one point and now we are four points away from the bottom four with two games to go. That is the most important thing. Hopefully we can get a few more wins now.”

Lisbie also revealed his disappointment with Saturday’s result, believing the E10 club should have held on to their two-goal lead so late in the game.

He continued: “It is disappointing – very disappointing. It is one of those where you score in the last 15 minutes and you think the game is over, but they get two goals like that and it is disappointing.

“The only lifeline today is that Walsall and Wycombe lost. It is in our hands, regardless of what happens now.”

Conceding goals so late in the contest might have made the result feel like a loss but Lisbie stressed the point gained is still of great value, moving them slightly further away from trouble with two games remaining.

“That is what I said to the lads,” he added. “You have got to look at it like that. We have to look at it like that. The disappointment was when the goal went in but now we have got to get our heads up.

“We have got Hartlepool and we have got a decent away record. At Sheffield United I thought we were a bit unlucky, but I thought we played well. We are optimistic that we can go up there and get something.”

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