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Ebbsfleet United face Leyton Orient live on BT Sport in the National League

By Steve Tervet

Daryl McMahon wants a reaction from his players when Ebbsfleet clash with Leyton Orient in front of the TV cameras on Saturday night.

Fleet were beaten 6-2 by Doncaster in the FA Cup last weekend but this game is even bigger and will be screened live on BT Sport.

Orient, one of the biggest clubs in the National League, will bring a big travelling support so it should be a special night under the lights at Stonebridge Road.

Anthony Cook looks to take on Doncaster's Mathieu Baudrey Picture Andy Payton

Anthony Cook looks to take on Doncaster's Mathieu Baudrey Picture: Andy Payton

McMahon said: “I expect a reaction. Orient are not on a good run, the stand’s open and it should be a good day for us, on the TV. We’re looking forward to it.

“It’s the whole reason you get promoted, Leyton Orient at home, on the telly, happy days. We’ve got to bounce back and perform now.

“It’s exciting for us to play these games. I’d imagine on Saturday we’ll have more than we had last weekend because Leyton Orient will bring over 1,000 fans.

“It will be noisy in here again and we’ve got to turn up and perform at the levels we can for 90-plus minutes.

“They were in League 1 not so long ago and we’ve been in Conference South for four years so it’s a game for us to look forward to.”

Fleet go into the game six places and six points above the O’s, who have gone 10 league games without a win.

Ebbsfleet manager Daryl McMahon Picture Andy Payton

Ebbsfleet manager Daryl McMahon Picture: Andy Payton

But McMahon said: “They might think it’s a good time to get us. We’ve just conceded six at home so I’m sure they’ll look at that as well.

“But I’m only bothered about us and making sure we’re back where we need to be.”

McMahon played for Orient between 2004 and 2007, helping them reach League 1.

He said: “It’s a great club. I was there for two-and-a-half years and I’ve been back there a few times watching. I won promotion there and we always have a yearly get-together, all the players.

“It’s a top club and a lot of the people that were at the club when I was there as a player are still there. I look forward to seeing some friendly faces and then for 90 minutes, we’ll go to war.”

Andy Drury (hamstring) returns to the squad while Dave Winfield (knee) could be in full training within a fortnight.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 5.30pm.

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