Hawks must restore some pride with good showing at Leyton Orient

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Lee Bradbury expects a massive response from the Hawks for their Vanarama National League visit to Leyton Orient on Saturday (3pm).

The Hawks boss is looking for his players to restore a bit of pride following their embarrassing FA Cup exit at Metropolitan Police.

A repeat of that poor performance at Brisbane Road would almost certainly result in another very difficult afternoon.

The Hawks boss was left shell-shocked by what he saw from his team at Imber Court.

But he is backing his players to put things right.

He said: ‘Our first half performance at Met Police was nowhere near good enough.

‘We must look to restore some faith and pride in our badge and shirt.

‘That wasn't evident enough last week.

‘I can't accept some players just going through the motions.

‘The players need to go out and show just how much the defeat hurt them.

‘They need to show me, the board and the supporters that they really care.

‘It didn't look like some of them cared enough.

‘To be fair up until last weekend they had battled and worked hard

‘It shows that if you drop your standards then you are going to get punished.’

Bradbury knows if the Hawks are to stand any chance of getting a result at Orient they will have to raise their game.

The third-placed hosts have lost just once in 16 games so far this season.

Few will give the visitors much chance of pulling off a surprise.

The Hawks are still suffering with a series of injuries with Ed Harris, Wes Fogden, Rory Williams and Mike Carter all ruled out.

Skipper Brian Stock returns after illness and AFC Bournemouth loanee Tyler Cordner is back after being cup-tied.

Both will be welcome additions to the squad.

The experience of Stock could prove crucial in going to such a difficult place.

His presence was certainly missed in the FA Cup tie.

Bradbury is hoping the fact they will start the game as rank outsiders will work in their favour.

He added: ‘This is the chance for some players to redeem themselves.

‘We have gone from one end of the spectrum to the other.

‘Last week we were expected to win but in this game no-one apart from ourselves give us a chance.

‘Orient are expected to wipe the floor with us.

‘All the pressure will be on them.

‘We can go there, play with no fear, and express ourselves to try to get a result.

‘It is vital we go back to being hard to beat.

‘Already this season we have run top sides, like Harrogate and Wrexham, close away from home.

‘It doesn't matter who we are playing, the situation remains the same.

‘We need to start picking up more points to turn things around.’