Goalkeeper Alex Cisak believes Leyton Orient can still get promoted into League One despite a tough run that has delivered one victory in their past six matches.
The Australian shot-stopper, who has played all but two games for Orient this season because of national team duty, is remaining positive. The League Two side currently sits in ninth place, 11 points below competition leaders Northampton.
Orient were held to a 1-1 draw with Mansfield on the weekend.
Cisak, who has recorded four clean sheets in 18 appearances, told FourFourTwo the gap between Orient and the top teams is not far. The keeper from Tasmania has been in top form in the 2015/2016 campaign.
“I’m going well,” he said.
“We’re unbeaten in the last four games so hopefully we can keep the run going and push into the top three.
“After our great start to the season of five wins out of five, I think the next 15 games we’ve only got three to four wins, so if we turned a few of those into wins we’d have been close to the top of the table.”
The east London outfit is eight points behind third-placed Plymouth and only one behind seventh-placed Mansfield in the promotion places.
“In League Two the top three are automatic and four to seven is playoffs,” Cisak explained.
“I don’t think promotion’s gone at all, if you get a run of results you can move up the table very quickly and close the gap.
“When I was at Accrington Stanley a good few years ago we were 21st in the league in February and ended up in the playoffs, just missing out on automatic promotion.
“So it shows how open and tough the league is.”
The O’s players and coaching staff were made to stay in a hotel by club owner Francesco Becchetti between games in mid-November after winning only two games in a 12 game run.
Cisak missed the punishment as he was away with the Socceroos. The former Leicester City and Oldham Athletic goalkeeper said he has loved his time with the national team.
But he knows he has to keep producing at club level to keep himself in contention for selection to be part of Australia’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
“It was amazing to be a part of it, it’s a massive privilege,” the 23-year old said. “I’m getting a taste for it and it makes me want more in the future.
“Obviously I have to be doing the right things at Leyton Orient to get the honour of another call up, which everyone who plays football dreams of.
“I speak with the manager and the coaching staff, just to make sure when you’re in camp you give everything you have, as you never know in football, you may never get another chance again.
“So you always leave everything on the pitch when you step out wearing the Australian jersey.”
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— Alex Cisak (@alexcisak) December 1, 2015