Kevin Lisbie has described the Bury match earlier this month as “one of the worst days” of his life playing football.
The veteran Leyton Orient striker somehow managed to score twice in their 2-0 victory at Gigg Lane but could not finish the game as he was suffering from a virus.
Lisbie was sick throughout the weekend and was extremely doubtful for the match but battled through his illness to fire the O’s to their win.
Lisbie, who was too unwell to speak last week, said: “That was one of the worst days of my life playing football. I’ve never felt anything like that in my life. I’m still not feeling the best and recovering.
“I had a bit of a bug but the manager asked me to give 60 long minutes last week. Thankfully I did because we won and got the three points and that helped us.”
The former Charlton Athletic forward netted in the O’s home defeat to Scunthorpe United which left him one short of double figures for the season.
Lisbie has not set a target for the campaign and is just focusing on keeping his form going into the new year.
The 34-year-old said: “Nine goals is brilliant for me. It’s a bit disappointing here because all my other goals have come in wins.
“This is the only time I’ve scored and we lost this year. It’s not quite the same feeling but I’ll take heart in it myself and hopefully we can do something on Saturday.
“My target is to score as many as I can. Every game I want to score one or two goals and then at the end of the season we’ll see where I am and where it takes me.”
The former Jamaica international has forged a potent strike partnership alongside David Mooney which has seen them score 15 in the last nine matches. Lisbie was particularly appreciative of his team-mate’s support during his illness at Bury.
“Last week he [Mooney] was unbelievable,” he said. “I know people don’t always see it but the fans are starting to appreciate the work he does. I certainly do and last week he had to do all my running.
“He didn’t get the goals or the credit for it but he’s been really good for me this year. He’s stepped up and he’s really strong and getting his goals as well with seven which is good for him. We’re working a good partnership but unfortunately it just didn’t click today [Saturday].”
The biggest crowd of the season, 4,942, gathered at Brisbane Road for Saturday’s game but went home disappointed after Orient’s excellent form ground to a halt. Lisbie admitted this was the biggest disappointment after failing to put on a performance for their supporters.
Lisbie commented: “I think that was the most disappointing thing [losing in front of a big home crowd]. It was a massive crowd and I think expectations probably got hold of some of the lads.
“Obviously we’ve been on a good run and all our runs have been away from home, which is a bit of a pain in the [backside]. But we’ve got two home games coming up after next Saturday, so hopefully we can make that right and get a big crowd for Boxing Day and get back on a winning run.”
Orient failed to match their performance levels from their previous eight games as they suffered a first defeat in nine but Lisbie is confident it was just a blip.
“We just didn’t perform,” he said. “If we hadn’t won our last two home games I could probably answer you and say the lads are a bit nervous.
“But I can’t say that because we’ve got six points out of a possible nine at home.
“We’ll just put that down to a bad day and we’ve got a lot of experience in the side so we'll try to give the crowd something to cheer about in the next home game.
“It’s massive [to bounce back]. They’re [Notts County] probably one of the sides you don’t want to go to after just losing a game. But hopefully we can go there and get a point or a win. We feel like we can beat anyone.
“It was a bad day at the office and we’ll just go again,” the striker added.