“We Will Have to do the Horrible Side Well”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is expecting a battle when his side travel to FC Halifax tomorrow afternoon. Orient lost 3-0 at home in the reverse fixture and Edinburgh is aware of the task at hand. Speaking to leytonorient.com It will be a tough game, we always know on the road we’ve got to be at our best to get anything and we certainly have got to be that on Saturday”.

  • Sit 19th on 32 points – six above relegation zone
  • League Record – P29  W8  D8  L13  F35  A42
  • Form in last six  – W2  D3  L1
  • Only lost one of their last eight games – 1-0 vs Bromley, 30/12/17

The O’s moved into round three of the FA trophy last weekend with a 2-1 extra time win at Bognor Regis. Orient took the lead through Macauley Bonne who headed home his 15th goal of the season however a wonder goal from Bognor’s Jimmy Muitt forced the tie into added time. Substitute Josh Koroma curled home the winner to send Orient into round three where they face a trip to Dover Athletic.

  • Seven of their eight league wins have been by two or more goals

The win pleased Edinburgh but he felt his side didn’t perform to their best, speaking to leytonorient.comI think we made extremely hard work of the game, the score line is an important one. We were below the standards set over the last four or five games, overall I am pleased with the result but disappointed with the performance”

  • Away League Record – P14  W3  D4  L7 
  • Only four teams have taken less points on the road than Orient
  • Unbeaten in last four away games – W2  D2
  • Only won one of their last 10 away league matches – W1  D4  L5
  • Win at Maidstone 2-0, 23/12/17

Since Edinburgh’s arrival at Brisbane Road, Orient have only conceded three goals in seven league games – the least amount in the league. However after ending a run of 383 minutes without a goal, Edinburgh is keen for side to be more ruthless in attack, “we need to be braver in possession, defensively we have vastly improved since I’ve been here but offensively we have to take more care, have more belief and make better decisions”.

  • Kept seven league clean sheets (four away)
  • Kept two in their last three games
  • Kept four in their last six games
  • Kept back to back away clean sheets in the league

Striker David Mooney praised his sides resilience on Saturday as they dug out a result. The 33 year old acknowledged the impact Edinburgh has had and highlighted that the former Gillingham man laid down his markers early. Speaking to leytonorient.com he’s brought in some different ideas and implemented them on the pitch, everybody can see the work rate has gone up. It is something he wants, his style is pressing from the front, if you don’t get after people, you’ll be off”.

  • Failed to score in ten league games
  • Scored first goal in four matches a Bognor
  • Scored in three of their last four away games
  • Not scored in the league since Boxing Day
  • Last failed to score in four consecutive League matches back in October 2012

Mooney is aware of the dangers that Halifax could present tomorrow as he looked back to the reverse fixture in September, “when we played them they were pretty direct on the night and done a bit of a number on us. Our backline has probably changed a lot since then They had a big lad up front and two tricky wingers”. With just two defeats in nine games under Edinburgh, Mooney feels “we have got a bit of a head of steam up, if we can get another win it will be great. We are going there to get a positive result”.

  • Conceded 27/42 league goals in first half
  • No team in National League conceded more first half goals
  • Conceded 10 in minutes 1-15 and 31-45
  • Only two of the five goals conceded under Edinburgh have been in first half

Edinburgh has praised the Orient fans every since his arrival at Brisbane Road and stated “we are starting to give them something to cling onto and be proud of”. However tomorrow’s game might not be a classic, “it’s a game we will have to do the horrible side well, if we get that right, I think we will come away with something”.

  • Scored 22/35 league goals in second half – including 11 in final 15 minutes of games
  • Nine of the 11 goals under Edinburgh in 90 minutes have been in second half
  • 13 of the last 16 goals Orient have scored have been in second half

FC Halifax head into tomorrow’s clash with Orient on the back of a 4-1 FA trophy defeat to Maidenhead last weekend. Winger Matty Kosylo put them ahead in the first minute, however three goals in a 14 minute spell either side of half time put them on the back foot before Maidenhead wrapped up victory 17 minutes from time from the spot.

  • Sit 16th on 34 points – eight above relegation zone
  • League Record – P29  W8  D10  L11  F31  A38
  • Form in last six – W1  D2  L3
  • Win came 1-0 in FA Trophy vs Macclesfield, 09/01/18

Manager Billy Heath praised his sides first half performance however rued their inability to put their chances away. Speaking to fchalifaxtown.comthe first half performance was very, very good, we played really well We played some good stuff and really should have been out of sight. We got the goal early and then we had two really good chances”.

  • Only scored two or more goals in two of their last ten home games
  • Failed to score in 12 league games
  • Scored in three of their last four
  • Only scored in one of their last three league games
  • Scored in their last four home games and five of their last six at home

The killer goal for Heath was the one they conceded on the stroke of half time and he insisted that his side must learn lessons from it, “we are disappointed with the goal, when you are right on half time, the wide players should have dropped in a little deeper and protected it a little better”.

  • Kept 12 league clean sheets (four at home)
  • Only Macclesfield (13) and Wrexham (15) have kept more clean sheets in league
  • Kept two in their last three games and four in their last seven
  • Kept two in their last four home games
  • Kept just one clean sheet in their last seven home league games

Midfielder Danny Clarke rued his sides second half performance which ultimately cost them their place in the FA Trophy. Speaking to fchalifaxtown.comobviously it’s a disappointing result, it was a poor poor end to it really. Stupid defensive errors cost us and made it a bigger score-line and look a worse game than it was I think”.

  • Conceded 23/38 league goals in the second half
  • 15/19 conceded at home have come in second half
  • Six of the last eight have been in second half

After a promising start to the season, the Shaymen have only picked up two wins league wins since 23rd September – 17 games and Heath understands the importance of tomorrow’s clash with Orient. “It’s a big game, every game is a big game, we have just got to pick up some league points. It’s a massive game against Orient, we have got to start winning our home games and take care of ourselves and nobody else”.

  • Home League Record – P14  W5  D4  L5  F19  A19
  • Won two of their last four home games
  • Not lost back to back home games since August
  • Only won one of their last eight home league games – W1  D4  L3
  • Win 4-0 vs Chester, 23/12/17

Last weekend’s game saw Halifax have a thread bare squad with Heath highlighting the need of getting players back and adding to his squad. Speaking to fchalifaxtown.comthe squad is no where near big enough, today we had 14 first team players, we have got to add to the squad. We have to get players in, it’s not if, it has to happen. We have our targets and it has to happen”.

  • Seven of their 11 losses have been by two or more goals
  • 19/31 league goals scored have been in the first half

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without the suspended Joe Widdowson who was sent off for two yellows at Bognor. Dan Holman returns after being cup tied whilst Josh Coulson, James Dayton and Alex Lawless return from injury after missing last weekend’s win. Defender George Elokobi returned from his lengthy lay off and is set to be included within the squad. Charlie Lee remains the only long term absentee.

Michael Collins and Cliff Mayo missed the game with Maidenhead due to illness and the birth of his child respectively. Matty Kosylo continues his comeback from injury but it still not back to his maximum.

Head to Head – FC Halifax 5, Draw 4, Leyton Orient 10

Last meeting – 12/09/2017 – Leyton Orient 0-3 Halifax

 

Orient vs halifax head to head

The last 12 meetings between the sides

Prediction – FC Halifax 1-2 Leyton Orient

 

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“A Chance to go to Wembley”

Leyton Orient defender Josh Coulson insists his side will be taking the FA Trophy seriously this season. The former Cambridge man won the competition back in 2014 and knows what everyone’s focus should be. Speaking to leytonorient.comit’s a chance to go to Wembley, it’s a brilliant experience, any player playing in it needs to realise it’s a chance to play at Wembley”.

  • Sit 19th in National League – six points above relegation zone

Coulson made his loan move from Cambridge permanent this week, joining the O’s on a two and half year deal. Speaking to leytonorient.com on the deal “I’m absolutely delighted to get it done now I can crack on with my job and seeing where we end up at the end of the season”.

  • Spent ten years at Cambridge
  • Scored two in his last six games 

Orient travel to Bognor Regis on the back of a 0-0 home draw with Boreham Wood, their second 0-0 in a row. Orient were under the cosh in the first period but grew into the game in the second period with Head Coach Justin Edinburgh stating to East London Advertiser we were up against it first half and never got a foothold in the game but as the second half came, I thought we were on front foot”.

  • Failed to score in last three games
  • Won four of last seven games – W4  D2  L1

Assistant Coach Ross Embleton highlighted the good working relationship himself and Edinburgh have since the former Gillingham man’s arrival in late November. With just one defeat in their last seven games, Orient have been slowly improving with Embleton stating to leytonorient.comthere has been a real turn and change in the work rate and work ethic of everybody. There is a lot more energy in training and emphasis on work rate and being harder to play against”.

  • Away Record – P17  W4  D5  L8  F17  A27
  • Unbeaten in last three away games – D1  L2
  • Kept back to back away clean sheets (2-0 win vs Maidstone, 0-0 draw with Dagenham)
  • Failed to score in three of last five away games
  • Lost one of four away cup games this season  – W2  D1  L1 (loss 2-1 to Gillingham, FA Cup 1st Round)

Orient came through the previous round of the trophy with a 2-1 win at Haringey Borough and Embleton insists his side want to go as far as they can. Speaking to leytonorient.com there is a huge reward at the end, it’s a day out and as a coach and with the players, it’s something we are trying to achieve”. Despite Bognor sitting 26 league places below Orient, Embleton has a clear message for the players “we need to make sure we go in with exactly the same attitude as we do in week in and week out”.

  • Kept four clean sheets in their last five games
  • Conceded just one goal in last 535 minutes of football

Without a win since Boxing Day, midfielder Jobi McAnuff is hoping his side can get back to winning ways on Saturday. The 36 year old knows how big the clash will be for Bognor but “it’s one we’re looking forward to and we will go there and aim to enjoy it and look to get back to winning ways” East London Advertiser. McAnuff has been handed the captain’s armband under Edinburgh and highlighted “the biggest difference of late is our mentality going in to games and not taking things for granted”.

  • Nine of last 12 goals and 8/10 under Justin Edinburgh have been scored in secnd half
  • Three of the four cup goals scored this season have been in the second half

Orient are expected to name a strong starting 11 at Bognor Regis with Justin Edinburgh stating to East London Advertiser we are taking the trophy seriously, we played a full team against Haringey Borough. It will be the same at Bognor, they will get the respect they deserve because it’s a competition I feel we can win”.

 

Bognor history

Bognor Regis last six seasons

Jack Pearce’s Bognor Regis side host Orient on the back of a 2-2 draw at Whitehawk last Saturday. Gold Omotayo put Whitehawk ahead on the stroke of half time from the spot but two goals in a seven minute spell from Jimmy Muitt looked to have given Bognor the win. However, Whitehawk’s Simon Mensah struck home 11 minutes from time to share the points.

 

  • Six points from safety at the bottom of National League South  
  • No win in last four – D3 L1
  • One win in last seven – W1  D4  L2
  • Two wins in last 10 – W2  D6  L2  (both wins in FA Trophy)
  • Last win – Taunton 1-4 Bognor, 16/12/17

Bognor coach Darin Killpatrick is hoping his side can continue their performance last week when Orient arrive tomorrow. Speaking to Bognor.co.uk on last weekend’s draw “we were the better team and created many chances. I’ve watched the video back and their penalty was one of the softest I’ve seen for a few years. We played some good football on a difficult pitch and we just have to keep working hard”.

  • Home Record – P13  W3 D4  L6  F18  A21
  • No win in last three – D1  L2
  • Last win vs Hemel Hempstead 1-0, FA trophy, 28/11/17
  • One win since August 15th, 11  games – W1  D4  L6 
  • Conceded in last three home games

Sitting second bottom of National League South, the FA trophy has given Bognor some light relief. Having reached the semi finals of the competition back in 2016, Killpatrick knows the challenge that awaits his side tomorrow, “we will have to be at our very best from start to finish if we are to get anything from the tie. It will be a day and an occasion when the pressures of the league are off and when hopefully everyone can enjoy a great spectacle”.

  • Kept one clean sheet in last five games (Havant & Waterlooville 0-0, 26.12.17)
  • Kept two in last seven games – both 0-0 away from home
  • No Clean sheet in last three home games
  • Two in 13 home games this season – both in November
Bognor Last 5 Fa trophy seasons

Bognor last five seasons in FA Trophy

Bognor beat Taunton Town in the previous round to set up the clash with Orient and Killpatrick insists his side will plan as normal, “we trained hard Tuesday night and will plan for a game in a way like we would for any other game. We know Leyton Orient were a Football League club until last year and will present us with a huge challenge”.

 

  • Failed to score in two of their last three games
  • Scored in three of their last four home games
  • Failed to score in last home games, 0-3 defeat to Havant & Waterlooville
  • Scored in ten of 13 home games this season

Team News

Leyton Orient midfielder Alex Lawless is a doubt with a injury while loan signing Dan Holman is cup tied. Defender George Elokobi will be hoping to be back in the squad after increasing his rehab while Lamar Reynolds is pushing for a start. New loan signing Ebou Adams could be handed a debut after arriving from Norwich City on loan this week. Myles Judd resumed training this week and could be included but Charlie Lee remains out.

Bognor could hand a start to French midfielder Richard Gilot after signing this week after an impressive trial. Manny Adebowale is available after Dover gave him permission to play. However James Crane, Corey Heath, Chad Field and Keaton Wood are all unavailable through injury. Gary Charman is set to continue after joining from Eastbourne Borough last week.

Prediction – Bognor Regis 0-2 Leyton Orient

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“We Are Looking Forward”

Leyton Orient midfielder James Dayton is hoping his side take their positive Christmas period into the new year when they host Boreham Wood tomorrow. The O’s took seven points from four games over Christmas and Dayton insists the mood is good in the camp.

  • Sit 19th on 31 points – eight above the relegation zone
  • 4th Worse Defensive Record in League, only conceded three in six under Edinburgh
  • Form in last six – W4  D1  L1  F10  A3

Orient’s latest point came away at Dagenham & Redbridge on New Year’s Day with Edinburgh describing the game to leytonorient.comit was a really tough encounter, two teams going full at it for victory but both defences were on top. I don’t know If we did enough to win game likewise Dagenham”.

The draw was Orient second game in three days and with Orient playing with 10 men in the first fixture, Edinburgh was delighted with his side. Speaking to East London Advertiser I am delighted with that performance, I thought we were dogged and committed and it was not pretty at times. What I would say is when I first came to the club I don’t think that we would have got that result”.

  • Home league record – P14  W5  D3  L6  F21  A18
  • Only lost one of last five – W2  D2  L1
  • Defeat, 30/12/17 – 1-0 by Bromley, playing with ten men for 86 minutes
  • First home game in five, Orient did not score in

Edinburgh joined the O’s back in early December and reflected on his first month in charge of the O’s to leytonorient.comwe are starting to get more consistent for longer periods in games, restricting  the opposition to limited chances which is pleasing and we look a threat going forward. There is a real amount of progress but certainly room for improvement”.

  • Edinburgh’s record – P7  W4  D1  L2
  • Only conceded two goals in three home matches
  • Have not conceded more than one goal under Edinburgh
  • Have only trailed in three of the seven games

Since Edinburgh’s arrival, Orient have only conceded four goals in seven games with the emphasis being on keeping it tight at the back. The former Northampton manager was quick to praise his whole side not just the defence, “it’s very pleasing for the players and the team, it has been from front to back, we have done some work on the training ground and we are reaping the rewards from that, we look really assured and comfortable in our shape with each player knowing what is expected”.

  • Kept six league clean sheets – (two at home)
  • Kept three in their last four games
  • Only conceded one goal in last four games – playing with ten men
  • One clean sheet in last seven home games – Dagenham 2-0, Boxing Day
  • One Clean sheet in last 12 home league games

The O’s players were given a few days off this week to recover from the workload in recent games and Dayton stated that it was good to unwind and get away from it. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe had a couple of days off to recover, we had a busy schedule but to get away from it mentally was good. But we were back at it Thursday and the mood is good”.

  • Failed to score in nine league games (four at home)
  • Failed to score in last two games
  • Scored in four of their last five home matches
  • Scored 22/35 league goals in second half – including 11 in final 15 minutes
  • Nine of the last 12 goals scored have been in second half – 8/10 under Edinburgh

Orient’s defeat to Boreham Wood in September started their run of 15 league games without a win. Dayton was surprised by the them earlier in the season but knows tomorrow’s game will be different “I was really impressed with them, although we were not up to scratch, they limited us in what we could do. But it’s a home game, a new gaffer and lots of things have changed. We have new players and we are looking forward”.

  • Conceded 27/42 league goals in the first half – most in league
  • Conceded 10 between 1-15 minutes and conceded 10 between 31-45 minutes

Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard insists his side have to concentrate on themselves when they head to Leyton Orient tomorrow. The Wood sit just outside the play off places but Garrard stated to bwfctv.co.uk it’s about what we do, I think we are in a good place, look at the result against Sutton, if you take that out, it’s one loss in 18 fixtures”.

  • Sit 8th on 43 points – outside play offs on goal difference
  • League Record – P27  W11  D10  L6  F37  A27
  • Form in last six – W1  D3  L2  F6  A8

The Wood earned a point away to Sutton on New Year’s Day with an Angelo Balanta injury time header. Jamie Collins had put Sutton ahead in the second half but Balanta headed Bruno Andrade’s late corner home.

  • Only lost one of their last 15 league games – W6  D8  L1   (0-4 Sutton, Boxing Day)
  • Unbeaten in League on travels in last seven – since 16/09/17 (2-1 loss at Maidenhead)  W2  D5

In a game lacking clear cut chances, Garrard was proud of the reaction of his side after falling behind giving them a well earned draw. Speaking to bwfctvco.ukit was a nothing game, a lot of the game was spend between the 18 yard boxes. The reaction was superb, we battled and luckily we came away with a point, a fair reflection”.

  • Scored 20/37 league goals in first half
  • Including 12 between minutes 31-45 – joint most in league
  • 12/19 away league goals have come in the second half

Despite winning just one of their festive fixtures, Garrard heaped praise on his side for their recent form stating, “I’m happy, five points from four games is not a bad return, it put us in top six with returns over Christmas. Could we have had more, 100%”. Only Dover have lost more National League fixtures this season and Garrard added “we have lost one game in 18 fixtures including the FA Trophy and two in 20 including Coventry. That is no mean feat, got to give credit to these boys”.

  • Kept ten clean sheets in league (five away)
  • Kept two in their last four games
  • Kept four in their last seven away games
  • Have not conceded more than one away goal in last ten games on travels (Coventry, 3-0 FA Cup, 03/12/17)

Goal-scorer Balanta was proud of the character his side showed fighting back against Sutton and knows that his side need to show that when they face Orient on Saturday. Following Orient, Boreham Wood travel to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday and Balanta is confident of his side “we have two massive games, once we get our game plan going, we are a threat to any side in this league”Bwfctv.co.uk

  • Away Record – P13  W4  D7  L2  F19  A13
  • Drew three of their last four – defeat away 3-0 away at Coventry, FA Cup
  • Only lost one of their last seven – W1  D5  L1 
  • Last away league win – 4-0 Maidstone, 21/11/14

Boreham Wood beat Orient back in September but Garrard is well aware that Orient are playing differently now, “they have a new manager in Justin Edinburgh and he has got them playing in a different manner than what we faced earlier. They are very organised and well drilled. I have watched them three or four times, they have got quality throughout their ranks”.

  • Failed to score in seven league games (three away)
  • Scored in last two
  • Failed in two of their last four
  • Failed to score in four of their last seven away games

Garrard acknowledges that it will be a tougher test for his side but insists “we are going to get a result, no-one is underestimating what they are about. The personnel is similar but I think Edinburgh has stripped it back. It is about what we do, if we get to our maximum I know we can cause them problems”

  • Have conceded 15/27 league goals in the second half
  • Five of their six defeats have been by just one goal

Team News

Leyton Orient recent signings Dan Holman and Lamar Reynolds are available for selection after joining on loan from Cheltenham and Notts County respectively. Defender Bondz N’Gala is back after serving his one match suspension against Dagenham & Redbridge. Jobi McAnuff is a doubt with a knee injury however George Elokobi could be back in the squad after playing 45 minutes in a U23’s game in midweek. Charlie Lee remains the only long term absentee.

Boreham Wood will have recent signing Alex Davey available after the defender joined on a permanent deal in midweek. Dean Wells is out after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Striker Angelo Balanata will hoping his equaliser at Sutton has done enough to earn at starting spot at Brisbane Road.

Head to Head – One Previous meeting

9th September – Boreham Wood 2-0 Leyton Orient : Woodards 35, Murtagh 51

 

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Boreham Wood

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“Use That Disappointment on Monday”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh insists that his side will be ready to go against Dagenham & Redbridge on New Year’s Day. The O’s played 86 minutes with ten men in their 1-0 defeat to Bromley yesterday but Edinburgh is confident his side will be prepared tomorrow. Speaking to BBC London yesterday, “We kept them pinned in and we didn’t have a lot of extra running to do. I am confident in my boys, they will be ready to go on Monday”.

  • Sit 19th on 30 points – nine points above relegation zone
  • League Record – P27  W8  D6  L13  F35  A42
  • 3rd Worse defensive record in League
  • Form in last six – W4  L2  F10  A4

Orient’s first defeat in five games started terribly when on loan Dagenham defender Bondz N’Gala was sent off after being deemed to have brought down George Porter. Louis Dennis netted the opener after 22 minutes however it was Orient who were in the ascendancy but could not force an equaliser.

  • It was Orient’s third red card in the League and fourth in all competitions this season
  • Seven of Orient’s Eight league wins have been by two or more goals

Despite losing the game, Edinburgh felt his side not only deserved at least a point but could have won the game in the end. The home side wasted chances in the second half but Edinburgh was quick to praise the performance of his side.  Speaking to leytonorient.com  after the defeat, “the performance is probably the best we’ve had since I have been here but unfortunately you don’t always get the result you deserve”.

  • Away League Record – P13  W3  D3  L7  F14  A24
  • 3rd Worse away defence, only Torquay (27) and Guiseley (31) have conceded more
  • Back to back away wins for first time since August
  • Two wins in their last 12 away – W2  D4  L6
  • One win in their last 9 away league games 

Bromley only managed three shots on target with Dean Brill rarely troubled in goal however Edinburgh was disappointed with the goal his side conceded. Speaking to BBC London “it is disappointing on our behalf, it came from our throw and we were outnumbered in that important area. We just switched off for a second, it’s fine lines. It was our only lapse of concentration and their only real sight of goal”.

  • Kept five clean sheets in league (three away)
  • Kept two in their last three games
  • Saturday’s goal was the first goal conceded for 287 minutes
  • Only kept one in their last seven away matches in all competitions
  • Only kept one in their last eight away league matches (Maidstone, 2-0, 23/12/17)

Orient were quite clearly the better side in the second half and the only side looking to score. Edinburgh revealed once his side got over the disappointment, they would always be a threat going forward. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe knew we would make and create chances. We spoke at half time about how we would set traps. I am not going to be critical, on other day it could have been 3-1 or 4-1″

  • Failed to score in eight league games (four away)
  • First time in four games, not scored
  • Scored in back to back away games
  • Scored in nine of their last 12 games

A rare sight on Saturday was MacAuley Bonne missing two key chances in the final 20 minutes. Bonne has been in great form netting 14 times in all competitions since his summer move from Colchester and Edinburgh is aware that his front man won’t shy away. Speaking to BBC Londonwhat we probably expect is Macca to score them, that is where we are and what we expect and he is bitterly disappointed but he won’t go hiding. When the next one comes around, I have no doubt he will dispatch it”.

  • Bonne has 14 goals in 28 games this season and five in his last six games
  • Scored 22/35 in second half – including 11 in the final 15 minutes
  • Nine of the last 12 goals scored have been in the second half
  • Five of the last six away goals have been in second half

With two games in three days, playing 86 minutes with ten men was certainly not good preparation for tomorrow’s derby with Dagenham. However Edinburgh was keen to use yesterday’s defeat to urge his side on “obviously we’re very disappointed, but we use that disappointment in the dressing room on Monday. It will be another tough game, playing with ten men, it will be a tough ask. They are giving everything they’ve got and I couldn’t be any prouder”

  • Conceded 27/42 league goals in the first half – most in league
  • Conceded 10 between 1-15 minutes and 10 between 31-45 minutes
  • 11/16 goals conceded have been in the first half of games
  • No team in National League has trailed for more minutes than Orient (1051)

John Still’s  Dagenham & Redbridge side head into tomorrow’s clash with Orient on the back of a earning a 1-1 draw away at Ebbsfleet. Jordan Powell put the hosts ahead in the first half but a late Mason Bloomfield striker prevented a third straight league defeat.

  • Sit 8th on 41 points – one point outside the play off places
  • League Record – P26  W11  D8  L7  F40  A30
  • Third Highest Scorers in League, only Aldershot and Bromley (42) have scored more
  • One point in last three League games
  • Form in last six – W2  D1  L3  F9  A8

Despite being winless in their last four games, Still thought he side did enough to earn all three points on Saturday. Speaking to daggers.co.uk he stated “I thought we dominated the game for the 90 minutes. I thought we were in the ascendancy for most of the game, it was a good side we played today. The performance was first class and we deserved the win”.

  • Kept six clean sheets (three at home)
  • Without a clean sheet in their last four games
  • Kept three in last seven games
  • Last clean sheet – Barrow 0-1 Dagenham, 09/12/17
  • Kept three clean sheets in their last six home games

With a hectic festive period, Still rotated his squad at Ebbsfleet making three changes from the side that lost to Orient on Boxing Day. Still felt that the changes were necessary, “we have a lot of games over this period, one or two looked a bit tired so we made changes but I thought they were outstanding”.

  • Home League Record – P12  W8  D1  L3  F24  A14
  • Only Tranmere (29), Ebbsfleet and Wrexham (26) taken more points at home
  • Won three of last four at home – defeat last time out, 2-1 vs Eastleigh, 23/12/17
  • Only lost three of their last 10 home matches – W6  D1  L3

Mason Bloomfield’s goal was his first in nine games and Still was pleased with the forward and his performance. Speaking to daggers.co.uk Mason has been waiting and waiting, he has been getting better, he came on and scored. Corey Whitely form has been a bit up and down. We have got the squad so we can use it”.

  • Failed to score in six games – (one at home)
  • Scored in last four home games and 11 of 13 at home this season
  • Only failed to score in one of their 12 home league games – Wrexham, 21/10/17
  • Failed to score in one of their last four games – Orient 2-0, Boxing Day
  • Only scored two or more in one of their last seven home league matches

Tomorrow’s clash with Orient will be their fourth of the season and second in six days with Still hoping his side can finally beat Orient on home turf. Speaking to daggers.co.uklocal derbies, I love them, I thought we played alright at Orient, I didn’t think we deserved to get beat. We push on to Monday and hopefully we can get the three points”.

  • Conceded 17/30 in first half – eight between 31-45 minutes
  • Only trailed for 57 minutes at home this season – least in the National League
  • 22/25 home league points been gained when scoring first

Dagenham have failed to score in the three meetings between the sides this season and goal scorer Bloomfield feels his side need to prove themselves against Orient tomorrow. Speaking to daggers.co.ukWe definitely need to get three points in that one, not just for the league but for us, I feel we owe the fans and ourselves to put one past them”.

  • 66% of their home league goals (16/24) have been scored in the first half
  • Ten scored between 16-30 minutes
  • 19/40 goals have been scored in second half – including 12 in last 15 minutes (most in league)

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without defender Bondz N’Gala who is ineligible to play against his parent club, Dan Happe should slot into defence alongside Josh Coulson. Striker Matt Harrold will be hoping for a start in attack while MacAuley Bonne will be looking to ad to his 14 goals this season. Charlie Lee and George Elokobi miss out through injury.

Dagenham defenders Scott Doe and Luke Pennell missed the trip to Ebbsfleet through illness and could be back for the Orient game. Corey Whitely, Mason Bloomfield and Morgan Ferrier impressed off the bench on Saturday will be hoping to return to the starting line up.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 8, Draw 3, Dagenham 5

  • Orient have won five of the last seven meetings
  • Orient have scored in nine of the last ten meetings
  • Orient are unbeaten in 90 minutes in the last ten meetings – W6 D4
  • Dagenham last beat Orient in 2010, 2-0 at Victoria Road

 

Orient vs Dagggers head to head

Last Eight Meetings between sides

Prediction – Dagenham 0-1 Leyton Orient

 

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“We Owe These One”

Leyton Orient defender Josh Coulson knows his side want to avenge their August drubbing by Bromley tomorrow. The O’s suffered their heaviest League defeat in two years at Hayes Lane with Coulson stating to leytonorient.comI am expecting a reaction, we owe these one. We all know what happened away”.

  • Sit 18th on 30 points – nine over relegation zone
  • League Record – P26  W8  D6  L12  F35  A41
  • Third worse defensive record in league
  • Form in last six – W4  L2  F10  A6

The O’s head into tomorrow’s clash on the back of a 2-0 home victory over Dagenham, their fourth victory in a row. Two goals early in the second half from Josh Coulson and top scorer MacAuley Bonne continued their revival under new head coach, Justin Edinburgh.

  • Have won four matches in a row for first time since August 2015
  • Only lost one of five home matches against top half of table – W3 D1  L1
  • Defeat came against Macclesfield 0-1,
  • Seven of their eight league wins been by two or more goals

Boxing Day’s result saw Orient keep back to back league clean sheets for the first time since May 2016. Since Edinburgh’s arrival, Orient have only conceded three goals in five matches and Coulson highlighted that it is not only the defence that benefits from the shutouts. “We defend from the front, we have done that the last two games. It helps us out massively at the back, when they are on it pressing at the front it makes it so much easier”. He added “for the whole team, two clean sheets is massive, it give us massive confidence”.

  • Kept five league clean sheets – two at home
  • Two in last 13 games
  • Not conceded a goal in 265 minutes of football
  • Only trailed for 53 minutes in last four matches – not trailed in last three games

After Tuesday’s win Edinburgh once again praised the performance of goalkeeper Dean Brill who has played every game under the former Northampton man’s reign. Edinburgh’s decision to bring in Brill was questioned by a few but speaking to leytonorient.com he stated “We can’t underestimate the presence of Dean Brill, his voice and composure. It was a decision which I thought was necessary and it is paying it’s dividends”.

  • Failed to score in seven league games (three at home)
  • Scored in their last four and seven of the last nine
  • Last failed to score 02/12/17, Solihull 1-0
  • Scored two or more in their last four games

Orient were on the back foot for much of the first half on Tuesday but grew into the game earning the victory in the second half. Edinburgh was delighted with his players and stated to BBC Londonit will be about continuing what we are doing, we don’t change, we just get better at what we do. You can see that, the players are efficient and understanding, we are seeing the players express themselves in the opposition half”.

  • Scored 22/35 league goals in second half – including 11 in final 15 minutes of matches
  • 15/21 home league goals have been scored in second half – including eight of the last ten
  • Nine of the last 12 goals in league have been scored in second half
  • Eight of the ten goals under Edinburgh come in second period

With back to back home winsEdinburgh is keen for his side to make it three in a row tomorrow and want opposition teams to hate coming to East London. Speaking to East London Advertiser we want to continue to make Brisbane Road a fortress and a horrible place for people to come”. He added “what we need to do is turn it into our advantage and make it a place people fear”.

  • Home League Record – P13  W5  D3  L5  F21  A17
  • Unbeaten in last four games – W2  D2
  • Back to back home wins for first time since December 2016
  • Not won three consecutive home games since August 2015
  • Scored in last four home games

The O’s have only ended the year with a win in one of their last four seasons  but Edinburgh is aware that is side will need to be resolute tomorrow when Bromley arrive. Speaking to leytonorient.comit will be another difficult encounter, a team that has been in the top half for most of the season. They have goals in them that is for sure, we witnessed that before my time here”. He added “we have got to be compact and disciplined and make sure we impose ourselves in the final third”

  • Win 2014/2015 – Yeovil 0-3 Leyton Orient, 29/12/14

Bromley travel to East London on the back of a 2-1 boxing day defeat away at Ebbsfleet. Jack Powell put Fleet ahead on 15 minutes but the lead only lasted four minutes when Louis Dennis fired Bromley level. However Danny Kedwell’s  on the half hour mark proved to be the difference.

  • Sit 10th on 38 points – two points outside play offs
  • League Record – P26  W10  D8  L8  F41  A34
  • Form in last six – W1  D3  L2  F10  A11
  • One win in last seven – W1  D4  L2 (win 2-0, Hartley Wintney, FA Trophy)

Tuesday’s defeat was their fifth game without a win with manager Neil Smith uncertain if his side are learning from their mistakes. Speaking to bromleytv “I don’t know if we are learning our lessons, we are getting punished and it was two sloppy goals again”. Smith revealed he asked “the boys to start being tighter but we let two soft goals in, we came back in with Louis but in the end we huffed and puffed”.

  • Kept eight league clean sheets – four away
  • No clean sheet in last two, one in last six (FA Trophy vs Hartley Wintney) 
  • One in last seven league games (Barrow 3-0, 25/11/17)
  • Kept three in their last five away games

It was the second game in a row that Bromley trailed at the break and it is something that Smith knows needs to change if they are to start winning games. Speaking to bromleytv I said to them, we can’t keep having first halves like you do, away to Eastleigh we let in two, last week we let one in and today two. It can’t keep happening, we can’t keep coming from goals down to try and grab or point or win the game”.

  • Trailed at the break in three of their last five matches
  • Taken only one point from possible 18 when trailing at half time this season
  • No win in last 41 games trailing at half time – D7  L34
  • Last win came 04th April 2015, 2-1 vs Boreham Wood

With the Ravens conceding six goals in their last two away games, Smith highlighted the need for work on the training pitch ahead of the clash with Orient. “We have got to get back being solid at the back, we will be working on that in the next few days because going to Leyton Orient will be a difficult game”.

  • Away League Record – P13  W5  D4  L4  F21  A21
  • Top Scorers away from home
  • Only lost one of last five  – W3  D1  L1
  • Only won three of last 12 away – all three wins with clean sheets

Bromley are the joint top scorers in the league and Smith is aware that if they tighten up defensively, they will create chances and score goals. Speaking to BromleytvWe need to make sure we start being solid at the back, it gives us a foundation. We are free-flowing up there, I know we will create and score. It is not just the back four, the midfield and strikers need to help us tighten it up”.

  • Failed to score in six league games – Two away
  • Scored in last five games
  • Last failed to score – 28/11/17 Aldershot 0-2
  • Scored in 12 of their last 13 league games
  • Scored in last nine away league games – last failed 02/09/17 vs Wrexham

Bromley’s biggest victory of the season came in the reverse fixture in August with Smith acknowledging that Orient will be after revenge. Speaking to bromleyfcit’s going to be a difficult game, they are going to want to repay what happened when we played them earlier in the season. There is no doubt we will create chances, need to make sure we stop giving them away”.

  • Scored two or more goals in 13/26 league games – joint most in league
  • Scored two or more goas in 7/13 away league games
  • Only lost one of their 13 games against bottom half sides – W8  D4  L1 (Defeat by Halifax 2-1 away)
  • 20/41 league goals scored at the end of both halves (11 – 31/45 minutes, 9 – 76/90 minutes)

Team News

Defender Bondz N’Gala is back available after being ineligible to play against his parent club on Boxing day. Myles Judd should be back in the squad after suffering a tight groin while George Elokobi is nearing fitness.

  • Edinburgh has named nine of the starting 11 in the last three matches

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Bromley

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“We Are Giving Ourselves a Fantastic Foundation”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is hoping his side keep hold of their good momentum and continue it at home to local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge on Boxing Day. Orient picked up their third win on the bounce on Saturday with Edinburgh stating to leytonorient.comwe are giving ourselves a fantastic foundation, we always this momentum, you’ve got to keep hold of it”

  • Sit 20th on 27 points
  • League Record – P25  W7  D6  L12  F33  A41
  • Second worse defensive record, only Solihull (42) have conceded more in National League

The O’s head into the Boxing day clash after a 2-0 away win at Maidstone on Saturday; making it three wins in a row for the first time since August 2015. Bondz N’Gala put them ahead in the first half before top scorer MacAuley Bonne grabbed his 12th of the season to move Orient six points clear of the relegation zone.

  • Form in last six – W3  D1  L2  F10  A8
  • Back to back league wins for third time this season and first time since September

Edinburgh was delighted with his sides performance describing it as the best overall performance we’ve had since I’ve been here”. Speaking to leytonorient.com he stated “that was a real top away performance from start to finish. We sent the fans away happy, it was an early Christmas present”

  • Home League Record – P12  W4  D3  L5  F19  A17
  • Unbeaten in last three home games – W1  D2
  • Won one of last five home games – Sutton 4-1, 09/12/17
  • Won one of their last eight home league games
  • Scored in their last three home games

Saturday’s win coincided with Orient’s first clean sheet in 12 games and their first in the league since 28th August. It was Dean Brill’s fourth appearance for Orient and Edinburgh was thrilled that his experience keeper came away with a clean sheet. Speaking to leytonorient.comas a defender, I pride myself on these, Brill deserved it, he commanded his box and the two centre halves, Josh Coulson alongside Bondz were immense as everyone was. I am really pleased and it capped off a top performance”.

  • Kept four clean sheets in league (just one at home)
  • Kept two clean sheets in 13 home games this season
  • Without a clean sheet in last five home games
  • Kept just one in last 11 home games (Dagenham 1-0, FA Cup, 17/10/17)
  • Kept back to back clean sheets over Dagenham

After three wins in a row, Orient are being to stabilize under Edinburgh’s reign and the former Northampton is quick to point out that his side will not become complacent. Speaking to BBC London we need to be mindful of the expectation of this football club. It is small steps and we will certainly not be getting ahead of ourselves. We will enjoy tonight and the run we are on but we want to maintain it. My job is to keep them focused”.

  • Not won four in a row since August 2015
  • Failed to score in seven games (just three at home)
  • Have scored in their last three games and eight of their last ten
  • Last failed to score 1-0 vs Solihull, 02/12/17

With their next two games at Brisbane Road, Edinburgh wants to maximum their home advantage but knows the quality that Dagenham will bring tomorrow. Speaking to leytonorient.com John is a wisely old fox, he’s been there, seen it and done it on many occasions. We know what we have got to be at, they are another team with good quality but my team are in good form and we want to continue that at home”

  • 26/41 league goals conceded have been in the first half – most in league
  • Have conceded ten between minutes 1-15 and 31-45
  • Scored 20/33 goals in second half – including 11 in final 15 minutes
  • No team in National League trailed for more minutes than Orient (983)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still wants his side to return to the form which saw them win four in a row earlier this month. Speaking to daggers.co.uk following his sides 2-1 home to defeat to Eastleigh on Saturday, “the manner you play in is always a concern, today we never played to the level we have played for most of the season. Today we fell short”.

  • Sit 6th on 40 points
  • League Record – P24  W11  D7  L6  F39  A27
  • Second Highest scorers behind Bromley (41)

Saturday’s defeat was their second in a row following a 3-2 defat in the FA Cup to Hereford United. Michael Cheek had given them the lead on Saturday but Chris Zebroski levelled before half time then Paul McCallum struck to sent all three points to the South Coast.

  • Back to back defeats for third time this season
  • Form in last six – W4  L2  F12  A7
  • First league defeat in five against Eastleigh

Defender Sam Ling grabbed an assist and the man of the match award but know his side have to better all round ahead of their trip to Orient tomorrow. Speaking to daggers.co.ukindividually it was pleasing at the end of the day but not as pleasing as with three points. I am happy to get an assist and anything that will help the team win but we need to be better all round, individually and as a team”.

  • Away League Record – P12  W3  D6  L3  F15  A13
  • Won two of their last three away games – keeping clean sheets in both games
  • Two wins ended a run of ten away without a win
  • Last away defeat – 3-2 vs Hereford, 17/12/17
  • Last away win – 1-0 at Barrow, 9/12/17

Ling progressed through Orient’s academy before joining Dagenham in 2016 and admits his side want to get revenge on his old side. Orient knocked them out of the FA Cup in October and Ling is hoping his side return home with all three points, “I can’t wait to play against Orient, I always look forward to this fixture. They got one over on us in the FA Cup but we want to go there and get three points”.

  • Kept six clean sheets in league (three away)
  • Kept three in their last five games
  • Without a clean sheet in last two, conceding at least two in each game
  • Kept back to back away clean sheets in league (4-0 at Chester, 1-0 at Barrow)

With three games in just six days, Ling knows the important of his side bouncing back from defeat. Speaking to daggers.co.uk you can pick up a lot of points over a short period of time”Dagenham may sit 6th but are just five points off top spot with Ling acknowledging a couple of win and “we will be right up in the league where we want to be. We need to recover well and get over this loss”.

  • 21/39 their league goals have been scored in first half
  • 16 have come in first 30 minutes – most in division
  • Have opened the scoring in 11/24 games with goal in first 30 minutes
  • In 15/24 games a goal has been scored in the opening 30 minutes

The Daggers struggled to create an equaliser on Saturday with Still hoping his side have more quality when they face neighbours Orient tomorrow. Speaking to daggers.co.uk the last 20 minutes we were getting the ball up there but you need that right cross or pass but we never provided that quality. We were not good enough”. He added “in the end we were attacking without quality in our play, they had everybody back but we have to find the right quality”.

  • Failed to score in five league games (four away)
  • Scored in last six games
  • Scored in eight of last nine games
  • Last failed to score – 2-0 vs Tranmere, 11/11/17

Despite heading into the derby on the back of two defeats, Still highlights that form is not that important in these games. Speaking to daggers.co.uk “it’s a local derby, the two games will be good games. Form goes out of the window, they are different games; they will be in better spirits than they have been and we have got to bounce back”.

  • 66% of their away goals have been scored in the second half
  • 11/18 second half goals have been scored between 76-90 minutes – the joint most in league
  • Gained three points in final 15 minutes

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without defender Bondz N’Gala who is unable to face his parent club. Young center back Dan Happe is set to deputise in his absence.

Dagenham will be hoping attacker Corey Whitely has overcome the sickness bug which kept him out of their defeat on Saturday. Sam Ling looks set to start against his former club at Brisbane Road.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 7 Draw  3,  Dagenham 5

  • Orient have won four of the last six meetings
  • Orient have scored in eight of the last nine meetings
  • Orient are unbeaten in 90 minutes in the last nine meetings – W5 D4
  • Dagenham last beat Orient in 2010, 2-0 at Victoria Road

Orient dagenham head to head

  • Did you know… Orient’s last two Boxing Day results have been 3-2
  • Did you know… Dagenham lost last season 3-2 on Boxing Day
  • Did you know…. the last league game at Brisbane Road finished 3-2 to Orient

3-2 to Orient is 28-1 with most bookmakers

Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-2 Dagenham & Redbridge

 

 

 

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“We Know it is a Real Small Step in the Right Direction”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is hoping his side continue their recent good form as they travel to Maidstone United tomorrow. The O’s travel to the Gallagher Stadium looking for a third win on the bounce with Edinburgh stating to leytonorient.com it gave us back to back wins which breeds confidence but what we have got to do is make sure we continue it on Saturday”.

  • Sit 20th on 24 points – three points above the relegation zone
  • League Record – P24  W6  D6  L12  F31  A41
  • Only Solihull (42) conceded more goals
  • Only Torquay (14) and Solihull (16) have lost more games

The O’s progressed through to the second round of the FA Trophy after a 2-1 victory over Haringey Borough last weekend. Orient fell behind early to a Michael Ademiluyi strike but goals from Josh Coulson and Matt Harrold saw the East Londoners progress .

  • Picked up back to back for third time this season and first time since September
  • Form in last six – W2 D2  L2  F9  A9
  • Win over Sutton was first league win in 16 games

After falling behind early at Coles Park, Edinburgh credited the professionalism his players showed in the second half to come from behind to win. Speaking to leytonorient.com credit to the players, I would class it as a professional performance rather than anything spectacular”.

  • Away League Record – P12  W2  D3  L7  F12  A24
  • 2nd Worse defensive record away from home in league
  • First win in last 10 away vs Haringey Borough, W1  D4  L5
  • No win in last eight away league games
  • Last away league win 1-0 vs Maidenhead, 28/08/17

A major positive for Edinburgh and Orient was the return of defender Josh Coulson who had been absent since the 23rd September through injury. With the start of four fixtures in ten days, the on loan Cambridge centre back is glad to be back playing. Speaking to leytonorient.com I’m looking forward to the Christmas period but it is a still a case of seeing how many minutes I can play. I am focused on helping the team build on the previous two victories in the hope of registering some more positive results”.

  • Kept just three league clean sheets
  • Without a clean sheet in last 11 games in all competitions
  • Kept just two in last 20 matches (both FA Cup)
  • No clean sheet in last 17 league matches and last 10 away games
  • Last league clean sheet – 1-0 vs Maidenhead (28/08/17)

After struggling on 4g pitches earlier in the season, the victory at Haringey gave Edinburgh’s men perfect preparation ahead of tomorrow’s clash at the Gallagher Stadium. With back to back wins, Edinburgh has seen players have a spring their step, “I’ve certainly seen a different attitude, approach and atmosphere, if we can go and get another positive result it will set us up nicely for the Christmas period”leytonorient.com

  • Have conceded 26/41 league goals in first half – most in league
  • Conceded ten between minutes 1-15 and 31-45
  • No side has trailed for longer in National League than Orient (983) 527 away
  • In 13/28 Orient games this season, there has been a goal in the opening 15 minutes

Orient have netted six goals in the last two games and have looked more creative going forward since Edinburgh’s arrival three weeks ago. The former Northampton man has a clear philsophy and explained it to leytonorient.comyou have got to eliminate risks in our own half and be bright and expansive in the opposition half. We need our flair and creative players doing in the opponents half, I want players to play and express themselves”.

  • Scored 19/31 league goals in 2nd half 
  • Netted 11 in final 15 minutes of games
  • In five of the last six games Orient have scored in, they have scored in the last 15 minutes

Maidstone boss Jay Saunders was linked with the Orient job before Edinburgh was appointed and the current O’s head coach is aware of the job he is doing. Speaking to East London Advertiser Edinburgh stated “Jay’s reputation seems to be growing and rightly so because he has done and excellent job at Maidstone. They’ve come through the leagues so it is going to be a tough encounter but we know what to expect”.

  • Orient have not won three consecutive games since August 2015

Maidstone manager Jay Saunders was pleased his side bounced back from their recent dip in form with an emphatic 4-0 away win at Torquay last weekend in the FA Trophy. Speaking to maidstoneunited.co.ukit was a good performance in a competition we would like to have a good run in”.

  • Sit 11th on 34 points – four points outside the playoffs
  • Only five teams have scored less than Maidstone
  • League Record – P22  W9  D7  L6  F25  A27

The victory at Torquay was their first in six games since their win in the League at Torquay but this time Saunders’s men spent a night down in Devon. Saunders admitted to kentonline.co.uk that his side felt tired on their last visit in the second half so travelled down a day before and stated to maidstoneunited.co.ukit was good for the players to spend a night away together, we are not big fans of it but it was good to get the boys together”

  • Form in last six – W1  D2  L3  F6  A13
  • Winless in last four National League games
  • Last league win 1-0 at Torquay, 11/11/17

After taking the lead early in Devon, Saunders felt his side were always in control, “I thought we were comfortable bar the first five to ten minutes, especially once we took the lead from that point on we were very confident” maidstoneunited.co.uk. Saunders tried a 3-5-2 formation for the first time with great effect and stated to maidstoneunited.co.ukwe tried something new today and when you do that, you are always wary going into first game until you put it into practice”.

  • Home League Record – P11  W3  D6  L2  F12  A14
  • No win in last two – D1  L1
  • One in last seven home games – W1  D4  L2
  • Last home win – 1-0 vs Chester, 28/10/17
  • Drew the most home games in League

Striker Jamar Loza was a late inclusion at Plainmoor with Saunders stating to kent-online “It was a decision whether to go with Zavon or D up alongside Pigs and I just felt it was a chance in the Trophy game to give Jam that run and I thought those two up there, especially first half, really caused them a lot of problems and probably both deserved a goal”.

  • Failed to score in seven league games
  • Failed in three of their last five games
  • Only scored two or more in six of their 22 league games – just two of last nine games

Facing Orient tomorrow, Saunders revealed to maidstoneunited.co.uk it is the same old thing all season, all the teams down the bottom come here with a new manager. They are going to be on a high, they had a good result against Sutton, we had them watched and again this weekend”. Maidstone lost 2-0 at Brisbane Road earlier in the season but Saunders felt “the scoreline was harsh, we played well but weren’t winning games”.

  • Conceded 19/27 league goals in second half
  • Conceded 11 in final 15 minutes (only Torquay 13 and Solihull 15 conceded more)
  • 60% of their goals are scored in the second half – including 13 in final 30 minutes

Despite tomorrow’s opponents sitting three points above the relegation zone, Saunders knows that they have been underperforming this season, “if you look at their squad they shouldn’t be where they are simple as that. I expect them to start climbing the league”. However after their win at Torquay, Saunders highlighted “it was a good result for us which brings up the confidence and back to back clean sheets aswell which was pleasing”.

  • 3rd time this season Maidstone have achieved back to back clean sheets
  • Kept seven clean sheets in Leagues (just two at home) – Only Orient kept leass at home
  • Two clean sheets in last eight games
  • One clean sheet in last eight home games – 1-0 vs Chester

Team News

Leyton Orient defender Jake Caprice returns from suspension while Josh Coulson will be looking to continue after completing 60 minutes on his comeback last week. Matt Harrold netted his second in as many games at Haringey and will be pushing for a recall to the starting 11.

Edinburgh to leytonorient.com on his squad “we are getting stronger all the time, it is a positive for me and the group, we need them back. It provides competition for places in the group. People have got to deliver and produce performances to stay in team”

Maidstone midfielder Ollie Muldoon is a doubt with a hamstring injury while Jack Paxman will be hoping to be involved. Jamar Loza will be looking to keep his place after returning at Torquay from injury. Tom Wraight is pushing for a start after netting off the bench in Devon.

Prediciton – Maidstone United 1-1 Leyton Orient

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