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Leyton Orient Preview

8 August 2014

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It's been a long 98 days, but tomorrow the champion Spireites return to league action at Leyton Orient.

With the celebrations at home to Fleetwood Town still reasonably fresh in the post-World Cup memory the time has come for another crack at Sky Bet League 1.

The introduction to the higher league couldn't be much tougher for the Spireites who, in facing Leyton Orient, come up against one of the pre-season promotion favourites.

The match kicks at the Matchroom Stadium off at 3pm, and the challenge is one that manager Paul Cook is well aware of.

He said: "It's a game against the team that in my opinion should be favourites to win the league, I'm not saying that because we're playing them, it's because they're good. I think Russell Slade's done a fantastic job down there in getting some players that wouldn't be recognised as top players playing with a spirit, and you can see how much they want to win together."

Orient lost a key man earlier in the summer when winger Moses Odubajo moved to Brentford for a reported £1 million, but have invested in the squad during pre-season, bringing in experienced signings such as Darius Henderson and Jobi McAnuff, and the former Reading man has spoken confidently that his new side can make a real promotion push under experienced manager Slade and incoming chairman Francesco Becchetti. 

Despite the opposition, Cook says his team will travel to the capital looking to get maximum points from the season opener.

Cook said: "As always we can tell our supporters that we're going down there to try and win. We're not going there to put men behind the ball and frustrate Russell and his team. The likelihood is that they'll be a lot of goals in the game and I think this year our fans will see a lot more open games."

In team news new signings Daniel Jones and Romuald Boco are both in contention for a place in the squad.

Regardless of what happens at the Matchroom Stadium, Cook is looking excited to be getting the season under way.

The manager said: "It's a game we're looking forward to, it will be a very good football game between two teams that I think play the game the right way. We'll come off at 5 o'clock and we'll shake hands no matter how the game's gone."

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