Former Southampton midfielder Lloyd James says Leyton Orient players are capable of producing magic

The O's players are capable of moments of magic: Simon O'Connor

The O's players are capable of moments of magic: Simon O'Connor

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Lloyd James insists the O’s players are capable of conjuring up magic as they kept on course for automatic promotion with a fourth consecutive win.

Orient were frustrated in the first half against Coventry City on Tuesday night but goals from Dean Cox and David Mooney helped them see off the Sky Blues. Midfielder James was never worried about the O’s not scoring because of the individual ability within their team.

James, pictured, said: “I just think we’ve got players in our team that have got that bit of magic. Coxy popped up with it and then Moons comes off the bench to get another one so we’ve got players like that in our team which is good to have.”

The O’s started the match with real intensity and looked a lot fresher than their opponents who were overworked in their defeat to Arsenal on Friday. Orient had the weekend off and it showed as they dominated the clash.

The former Southampton youngster said: “I thought first half we played some great stuff. We just lacked a goal and carried it on second half and got what we deserved. We’ve had a little break and knew they played on Friday night. We knew we were fresh and ready to come out of the blocks and I thought we deserved the result.

“We couldn’t wait to get a game off the back of three wins. We’ve come out and shown we're fresh and ready to go.”

Mooney has missed the best part of two months through suspension and injury but made his comeback in style against Coventry. James knows how difficult it can be to be when out injured so he was delighted to see the striker make a successful return at Brisbane Road.

He said: “It’s good for Moons because no-one likes to see people on the sidelines. It’s so demoralising when you are there. The lads are out playing and you’re in the treatment room working hard to get back fit. But full credit to him. He’s back fit now and he’s come on and showed how good a player he is.”

More than 5,000 fans came to the latest match and braved heavy rain but their support did not go unnoticed from James.

“It’s been brilliant support from the fans,” he said. “I think Peterborough’s the next home game and there will be even more there.

“Fair play to the fans that were here in wet, horrible conditions on a Tuesday night. They were fantastic today and we heard them throughout the match.”

The O’s have a difficult trip to fifth-placed Rotherham this weekend and having worked under Steve Evans before James knows what Orient can expect.

James said: “They’re a strong physical side and it’s going to be a different type of game to Coventry having played for Steve Evans when he was at Crawley. I think we’re capable of dealing with both and we’re looking forward to it.

“We’re building a little run but we’ve got to take every game as it comes because we can’t get too carried away,” he added.

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