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Alex must rise to challenge of stopping Orient express - Bell

8 December 2022

Crewe Alexandra must embrace the challenge of facing runaway League Two leaders Leyton Orient at Mornflake Stadium on Saturday (1pm).

That’s according to boss Lee Bell, who says his players must be confident they can repeat last month’s FA Cup success over the East London side

He said: “It doesn’t come much tougher, but we have to embrace it.

“We want to put on a better show than we did in the second half against Newport last week.

“Orient got a good result against Bradford on Saturday, they are really good team and have options coming from everywhere.

“We have to work hard to nullify what they are good at, and try to implement our own game.

“They made a couple of changes for the FA Cup game but their style of play was ultimately the same.

“We have to believe in ourselves, and we just want the players to take the shackles off a bit when it comes to matchdays.”

Orient sit top of League Two, five points clear, and have only lost twice in 20 games.

The Railwaymen will be without captain Luke Offord, who will serve a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season last time out.  

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