Kevin Lisbie: Leyton Orient adapting to boss Fabio Liverani

Kevin Lisbie
Lisbie scored 18 goals in 45 appearances for Orient last season but injury has limited his outings in 2014-15

Leyton Orient striker Kevin Lisbie says there is no longer a language barrier between the players and new manager Fabio Liverani.

The Italian lose his first two matches in charge, but Monday's win at Yeovil gave them back-to-back victories.

"I think it was (an issue) at first. In our heads, we were a bit negative about it initially," Lisbie said.

"It was hard for him coming in. He didn't speak English and he said 'give me a bit of time' in training."

Former Fiorentina, Lazio and Italy midfielder Liverani, 38, was appointed earlier this month, becoming the fourth man to take charge of the League One club this season.

Kevin Nugent and Mauro Milanese had brief spells managing the east London side after long-serving boss Russell Slade left for Cardiff in September.

Orient dropped into the relegation zone shortly after Liverani's arrival, which Lisbie says prompted a lot of soul-searching at the Matchroom Stadium.

Fabio Liverani
Liverani is in his second job as a manager, following a seven-game spell at Italian side Genoa in 2013

"We had a little meeting amongst ourselves and we thought we have got to get our heads down," the 36-year-old told BBC London 94.9.

"Probably everyone has been used to an English manager. But football is football and Fabio gets his point across.

"We have to go out there and perform like he wants us to. He has got new ways and we feel like it is paying off.

"He wants us to pass the ball more and be patient. With that I think we can climb up the table."

Lisbie returned to action against the Glovers following almost four months out with a shoulder injury, and scored the second goal in a 3-0 victory which lifted Orient out of the bottom four.

"It's been three or four managers since that time I got injured," he said.

"It's been a bit frustrating that I haven't been able to help the team and the managers that have been here.

"I'm just happy to be back. No one knows what is going to happen in the future but I love this club and it is important for me that we do well."

Kevin Lisbie
Leyton Orient reached the League One play-off final last season but Lisbie says their defeat by Rotherham in May has left him with a lot of regrets

Lisbie was part of the Orient side beaten on penalties by Rotherham in the play-off final in May and, despite their current lowly position in the table, the former Charlton and Ipswich man is hopeful their recent upturn in form could lead to a challenge for the play-offs in 2015.

"Although we went to Wembley and it was a good day out, I look back with a lot of regrets and upset about it," he added.

"Hopefully there is a chance of climbing into the play-offs. If we go on a little run there is always a possibility we can right the wrongs from 2014.

"That's our ambition. People say we don't want to get relegated but we feel we are good enough to climb the table. Maybe it's too late, maybe it isn't."

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