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Hughes: A stern test awaits us in the capital

8 January 2015

Midfielder has impressed as a holding midfielder in recent weeks

Jeff Hughes is expecting another tough challenge when Fleetwood Town head to the capital to take on Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon.

The Cod Army have beaten Rochdale and drawn against Swindon Town in recent weeks, and Hughes is hoping they can extend their run at the Matchroom Stadium.

Both sides played out a 1-1 draw at Highbury in August, with Darius Henderson putting the visitors ahead before Stephen Dobbie earned a point late on.

Ahead of the game, he said: “Saturday’s going to be another hard game for us, just like most of them are in this league, so we’re aware it’s a tough test.

“No disrespect to the manager there now, but losing the previous manager was a big loss to them as he was a big part of what they did. 

“They’ve got a lot of top, top players and boys who have dropped down from the Championship, so it’s going to be a really stern test.”

Hughes has been happy with the way Town have played in recent weeks as they sit only two points outside of the play-off places.

“We’ve played some good football over the last four or five games but just haven’t really been getting the results.

“The best we’ve probably played this year was the first half against Coventry and the second half against Swindon last week.

“There was a similar feeling in the dressing room last week as there was after the Coventry game, because you sort of feel its points dropped rather than one gained after playing so well.

“We need to look at it as if we need to do better rather than things going against us, and if we keep playing the way we have then we’ll pick up more points.”

The former Notts County midfielder has been deployed in a new position of deep lying midfielder by manager Graham Alexander, and he admits he’s enjoying it.

“There’s been a couple of times where the gaffer has been shouting at me to stay back, but I don’t mind it at all!”

“If he wants me to play there then I’m more than happy to continue to do so.”

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