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Hurst provides team news update as United look to build on midweek win

14 November 2019

Manager Paul Hurst hopes his side can build on the midweek performance against Sunderland in the Trophy when they travel to face Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday.

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15 November 2019

Lee Novak netted twice, while Abo Eisa was also on the scoresheet, as United emerged victorious from their clash at the Sands Venue Stadium on Tuesday night against a strong Black Cats team.

Hurst told iFollow Iron: “We’re buoyed by a good performance on Tuesday night. It was nice to get that victory after last weekend’s disappointment (at Crawley Town). It was a good performance, with three goals and progress in that competition.

“Now we’re back to the bread and butter of the league and want to accumulate points to try and move us up the table. Orient will be similar, and have been a bit up and down with their results, having some big wins and then suffering the opposite. We go there confident from Tuesday night and mindful of what we need to do to get the result. We’re in good spirits.

“Orient have played some really good football at times in what I’ve watched, but clearly haven’t had the results they’d have liked. I don’t think we’re in a position where we can underestimate anyone. I’m sure teams at this moment in time, when they’re playing us particularly on their own pitch will think it’s a great opportunity to get three points. What we’ve got to try and do is put results and performances together that change that view, and make teams fearful of playing us, and wary of the threat we can pose. Saturday is the next chance to do that.”

The boss also provided an update on the injury front, with Kgosi Ntlhe (groin), Harrison McGahey (illness) and Jamie Proctor (cup tied) returning to contention.

He said: “A positive from Tuesday night was we came out of it with no injuries. We welcome back Jamie Proctor and also Kgosi Ntlhe, who has trained this week and will travel with us.

“Harrison (McGahey) will hopefully be fit enough to travel, although he’s not a definite. He did some work on Thursday and we’ll have to assess him on Friday. I’m not 100 per cent certain yet on what part he can play.

“We get some bodies back but still have Yann (Songo’o – dislocated toe), Regan (Slater - ankle) and Levi (Sutton - hand) missing from our midfield.

“Jordan Hallam (hamstring) is close to making a return to full training, while Jamie Ward (hamstring) remains sidelined as expected. George Miller (quad injury) has joined back up with us but realistically this weekend will come a little too soon for him to come into consideration.”

Over 600 tickets have been sold to Iron fans ahead of the game at the Breyer Group Stadium, and Hurst is thankful for the support.

He said: “We’ve clearly got a group of fans who want to support the club no matter what and it would be nice to reward them with that victory. It should be a good atmosphere, with the offer that’s on for the home fans to come in their numbers. Hopefully our players can feed off the atmosphere.”

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