The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Ben Baker

WINGER Dean Cox be­lieves the good times are back at Ley­ton Ori­ent af­ter a hellish last 12 months.

The O’s were a penalty shoot-out away from reach­ing the Cham­pi­onship two sea­sons ago then, fol­low­ing their takeover by Ital­ian Francesco Bec­chetti, suf­fered a mis­er­able cam­paign and were rel­e­gated to League Two on the fi­nal day of last sea­son.

A sum­mer of tran­si­tion saw a num­ber of play­ers de­part, while for­mer West Ham United coach Ian Hen­don took the man­age­rial reins.

The con­stant in all this has been Cox, but the diminu­tive midfielder says it’s now time to look for­ward rather than back af­ter a strong start in which the O’s shot to the top of the ta­ble af­ter the open­ing three matches.

“The spirit in the camp feels like how it was two years ago,” said Cox, who has played more than 250 games for Ori­ent since sign­ing in 2010.

“It is about qual­ity not quan­tity with our squad. The year we did well in League One with Rus­sell Slade we had a tight-knit group and, look­ing at it, it seems the same this sea­son.

“I don’t want to get too ex­cited be­cause we are only a few games in, but we are look­ing good and keep­ing the back door closed.

“With the play­ers we have got go­ing for­wards, we are al­ways go­ing to cre­ate chances and score goals.”

POS­I­TIVE: Dean Cox

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