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Former Brighton winger Dean Cox things this could be Leyton Orient's year
Dean Cox believes Leyton Orient could achieve something special this season after their record-breaking start to the campaign.
The O’s winger has been in excellent form during Leyton Orient’s seven consecutive wins in League One.
Their comprehensive victory over Notts County on Tuesday has given them an almost unthinkable five-point lead at the top and Cox thinks the club could be celebrating promotion in May.
The former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder said: “Without a doubt [the most enjoyable spell of career]. Seven wins out of seven, scoring a few goals and being part of a great side. I don’t want to tempt fate but this side has got something special and I think maybe this could be our year.
“We’re on seven wins now and the boys are revelling in it. We’re enjoying it and every time we go on the pitch we feel like we can get a result. Tonight was just amazing and the icing on the cake. There were some great goals, another cracking match and the fans were terrific again.”
Cox added: “I think that gives us a little bit of a cushion at the top now. That’s not to say we’ll take our foot off the gas but we’ve put ourselves in a cracking position. If we can keep that going until at least January we’re going to be there or thereabouts.
“If you’d told me we’d have seven wins out of seven I would have probably laughed in your face. It’s a cracking position but there’s no chance of us taking the foot off the gas. We’re looking to beat teams every week and confidence is booming so we’re looking forward to Monday night [Brentford] now.”
Orient fans are making the most of their unexpected success this season and Cox admits their support has helped drive them on during their extraordinary winning run.
The 26-year-old said: “It’s great [100 per cent record] and I will be putting it on my Twitter. I’m really enjoying it at the moment and I think everyone is. We’re revelling in it and we’re using it to our advantage when we go on the pitch.
“I don’t think people outside of Leyton Orient expected us to be doing what we’re doing at the moment. It’s a lovely feeling and the crowd are appreciating it every game. Every time we come here the atmosphere has been tremendous this season and long may that continue.”
Cox continued: “Without a doubt the atmosphere makes a difference. It’s 0-0 and they’re shouting ‘we’re top of the league’ so it spurs you on. Every nice comment you hear from the crowd spurs you on to get there a little bit quicker when you’re closing someone down. When we’re scoring goals the crowd love it and we’re playing flowing football at the moment.
“We’re creating chances for fun and 21 goals in seven games is a tremendous return. We’re not conceding a lot as well so it all bodes well.
“If you’re scoring lots of goals and not conceding you’re winning football matches, it’s as simple as that.”
Cox is one of the longer serving members of the squad and is in no doubt this is the best team spirit he has been part of since moving to East London.
He said: “The whole team this season have mucked in together. A lot of people have spoken about the team spirit and it’s been the best since I’ve been here and this is my fourth season.
“They’re a great bunch of lads and the management staff are working well. I’ll mention the fitness coach because otherwise he’ll have a go at me but it’s all important.
“We all laugh and joke about it but from the masseuse right through to the manager and the players, it’s a club going places and hopefully we can keep it going.”
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