Double figures will fix it for Jim

Owls old boy: O's' Jimmy Smith
Owls old boy: O's' Jimmy Smith

JIMMY Smith is gunning for the Owls tomorrow with two targets in mind: a rise up the table for his Leyton Orient team and a double-figure goal tally.

The former Wednesday loan midfield player has scored seven this season - including one in a 2-0 home win against Brentford last Saturday - and wants to notch 10 at least for the first time.

“I always set myself a target of double figures every year,” he says. “I’d love to get three more. I got nine last season and if I could go one better that would be brilliant.”

Of more pressing importance is the O’s’ position in the table: they are 17th, only five points above the relegation zone, but have played two games fewer than the teams around them.

They have also won only one of their last seven matches and crashed 4-1 at MK Dons on Tuesday.

While Wednesday are top of the League One home table, Orient are bottom, having won five, drawn five and lost eight on their home turf. Last Saturday’s win was their first home win since December.

Smith believes that visiting teams have taken a more cautious approach at Brisbane Road this season: “Teams know about us now. e were only one point off the play-offs last season and I think teams come to our ground now and park the bus. It’s hard to get through them.

“It will also be tough against Sheffield Wednesday, but we have got to get some more points on the board to pull away from the bottom.”

“We have a good side here. If we get the ball down early and pass it, we can kill teams off and I think we did that in the first half against Brentford.

“We had good movement and if we do that no team can handle us.”

Kevin Lisbie, top scorer with nine goals, welcomes a quick chance for the team to atone for the drubbing at MK Dons.

“The last thing you want after a performance like that is to wait another week before you play again,” he said.

“It’s a massive game against Sheffield Wednesday but we seem to be really up for this type of game at home, so hopefully we’ll be on top of our game and get three points.

“We have two games in hand on a lot of the teams around us, so it’s in our hands.

“It would be nice to get a win in at least one of those games and maybe get a draw in the other and if we do that then I’m sure we’ll be all right.

“It’s up to us to put in the performances and pull clear of any relegation concerns.”