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Match Preview | Ben Garner

U's boss aiming to upset the form book at Orient

16 March 2023

Colchester United boss Ben Garner has said he will aim to play to his side’s strengths this weekend at Leyton Orient.

The U’s Head Coach spoke to the press ahead of the trip to Brisbane Road this weekend, with a tough game on the horizon for his side against the league leaders.

And Garner says that his side can learn from their opponents as they look to snatch a valuable three points that would move them away from the danger zone at the bottom of the table.

“The league table doesn’t lie, they’re the best team in the division this year. They’ve got quality at the top end of the pitch and they’ve got a number of players that score goals – they don’t rely on a single player, there’s goals throughout the team.

“They’re a good all-round team and there are certainly aspects we can learn from them, looking ahead to next season to what we are trying to do.

“We haven’t scored enough in recent games, but there’s certainly the quality to do so – I’ve seen it over the last week or so now. We have forwards that can score goals, we can score from set pieces, we’ve got different avenues from which we can score.

“We’re trying to put a lot of belief and confidence in the players. I think you get that from work on the training ground, you also get it from what we’re saying to them. But the ultimate confidence boost is the ball going in, winning games and that’s what we have to try and do.”

It’s expected that around 1,000 U’s fans will be in attendance, and Garner says that the travelling supporters can play a big part in Saturday’s result too.

“To have a following like that going is fantastic – for me derbies and games where there’s that little bit of edge, I love, the supporters love it. The more we can take, the better the atmosphere is in the away end. We want to upset the form book, it’s a great challenge for us.”

Watch the full interview with Ben on Col U TV.

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