Leyton Orient’s fringe players need to be “banging on the door” to get into the starting XI after picking up just one win in their last four games, says captain Jobi McAnuff.

Their last outing was a 3-0 home loss to promotion rivals Salford City, who moved up to second and to within two points of the O’s with their victory at The Breyer Group Stadium.

McAnuff said after Saturday's defeat: “The team is pretty much picking itself but we’ve had a few bad results now and the lads that haven’t been playing have really got to be doing their work in training to force their way into the team. And when they get that opportunity they’ve got to step in.

“The games come thick and fast and we’ve picked up a few injuries. I’ve always said it’s about the squad and people pushing each other. It’s difficult for the lads when the team is winning regularly and they’re not getting an opportunity.”

The O’s made their first swoop into the transfer market last week to give more options to head coach Justin Edinburgh, signing Jordan Maguire-Drew on a permanent deal from Brighton & Hove Albion.

The winger came on for his debut in the second half against Salford and McAnuff was happy with the addition to the squad.

He said: “It’s somewhere where we needed to strengthen with (James) Dayton’s injury. He looks a good attacking player, comfortable with both feet and I’m sure he’ll add to the firepower that we’re going to need to get us to where we want to go in the second half of the season.”

Maguire-Drew will be looking to go straight into the team on Saturday as Orient take a break from league action and travel to Wrexham in the second round of the FA Trophy.