Ollie Palmer: Leyton Orient striker dedicates goal to nine-year-old cancer sufferer

Ollie Palmer
Ollie Palmer scored nine goals in 50 appearances for Leyton Orient last season

Leyton Orient striker Ollie Palmer dedicated his goal against Luton to his young cousin Frankie, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

The 24-year-old scored his second of the season in Saturday's 2-1 defeat.

"It puts everything into perspective. He is nine years old, been put in a wheelchair and diagnosed with cancer," Palmer told BBC Radio London.

"I wanted to do the tiniest bit to show my support. It is something I wanted to do and something I will keep doing."

The former Mansfield striker revealed a T-shirt saying 'Get well soon Frankie' as part of his celebration when he netted at Brisbane Road.

"It is obviously hard times for him and the family," Palmer added.

"Frankie has been put through the works and everyone has got to support him.

"Whilst I am on the pitch, every goal I score will be for him to show we are all behind him and to stay positive."

Lowly position 'not a concern'

Defeat at home by Luton left Orient 22nd in the League Two table, with only goal difference keeping them out of the bottom four.

The O's are on a seven-game winless run in the league and have lost six of their seven home league games this season.

"We've not won for quite a while now," Palmer said. "It is no secret we need to turn our form, and quick.

"There is not a problem at Brisbane Road. The fans have been supportive and are always behind the players, whatever goes on behind the scenes with managers.

"I'm not going to look at the league table too much. We need to get up the table as quick as we can and stay up there, but it is not a massive concern right now."

Cavasin building O's identity

Alberto Cavasin
Barring a spell in Switzerland, Alberto Cavasin had spent his entire managerial career in Italy before joining Orient

Orient are yet to taste victory in three games under new boss Alberto Cavasin, who took charge on 2 October.

The 60-year-old Italian has never managed in England before and has vowed to learn the language - but Palmer says the former Sampdoria manager's message is coming across.

"We have got a translator who is very good at his job," he said.

"We understand completely what he [Cavasin] wants us to do and what we need to do.

"It is not really too difficult. He has brought a slightly different style of play as he wants us to get an identity."

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