Boss wants to take on the high-fliers.
The U's last two matches have seen them drop two positions in the table and the next few matches could shape the task ahead with them being only three points away from a comfortable position in the top-middle of the league and three points away from being in the relegation zone.
"The other evening when we didn’t play well, we still managed to show our characteristics and we battled away until the end of the night. That makes me very proud of my team."
The team’s performance fell short against Sheffield United's strong back four in the 87th minute of the match when a penalty was given for a foul on Sheffield’s Ben Davies.
Joe added: "Although the other evening, I felt with the ball was disappointing, overall, I think we worked very hard against what is a very good team on very good form at the moment, the game came down to a 87th minute penalty. That’s the encouraging part.
The Irishman also spoke about the absence of Sanchez Watt who was suspended after being given a red card for violent conduct at the Colchester v Swindon match on Valentine's Day. Watt will still be suspended for the upcoming match with Orient.
"We’ve got Sanchez coming back next week after suspension. Creativity was at a minimum the other night, generally we’ve been okay.
"He added that quality to the team, for sure and he’s proved that over recent weeks playing for the team, scoring goals and creating chances. So we look forward to having him back in the squad," Joe admitted.
Despite some recent bad luck, and the expected absences of Sanchez and Alex Gilbey, Joe and his team aren’t shying away from their upcoming match with the current top runner in the league.
He said: "That’s the kind of challenge that we want I suppose, I’d rather it that way. In days gone by we’ve actually responded well against the better teams.
"Their position in the table speaks volumes for Orient. They’ve pushed themselves into a position of authority this year and the very best of luck to them but we’re going there to win Saturday.
"A top half finish is still up for grabs we’re only three points from a positive position in the table. Also three points from a position we don’t want to be in. But there’s still plenty of football left and we’ve got to stay positive for the players because generally the players are doing very well.