“It’s Time to Stop Worrying About Other Teams”

Bristol Rovers defender Josh Grant insists his side need to focus on themselves ahead of the visit of Leyton Orient on Saturday. The O’s visit the Memorial Stadium riding high in League Two but the 22 year old highlights Rovers need to start getting results. Speaking to bristolrovers.co.ukwe’ve really got to focus on ourselves and start producing what we know we can do”.

Rovers fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Hartlepool last weekend thanks to a Jamie Sterry strike. Manager Joey Barton bemoaned another individual error which cost his side in the North East stating to Bristolrovers.co.uk the frustration in the camp is an individual error has cost us. I’m really pleased with the lads effort, they battle galiantly and kept going. But we must be better”.

Bristol Rovers’s Last Six Results

After a summer of change for Rovers following their relegation from League One, Barton has near enough changed the playing personnel at the Memorial. WIth 17 incomings, it will certainly take some time for the players to gel but signs are showing on the training ground according to Grant. Speaking to Bristolrovers.co.uk when you change the group like we have it’s never going to be easy. On the training pitch you can see it is coming together, we’ve got the bit between our teeth. We need to start doing it on matchday”.

Barton is suffering on the injury front revealing both Leon Clarke and Sam Nicholson are out injured for a period of time. Despite the setback the 39 year old highlights Orient will not be feeling sorry for them on Saturday. Speaking to bristolrovers.co.uk “it is part and parcel, you have to be adaptable over the course of the season. Orient will be rubbing their hands together thinking it is a great opportunity on Saturday to continue their good start to the season. We have to come up with some different situations to give ourselves a good opportunity to win the game”.

Rovers are playing in the fourth tier for the first time since 2015/2016 and their return has got off to the best start. Despite picking up just seven points from their opening seven games, Grant is not phased and insists his side will start to find form. Speaking to bristolrovers.co.uk their is no panic from our side, we are level headed and we understand the difficulties which are coming. When the team is not winning every week the best place to be is on the training ground working hard every day”

Orient haven’t only lost once in the league this season and Barton is not surprised that the O’s are up amongst the early pace setters. The 39 year old worked with Kenny Jackett at Man City back in 2007 when he was reserve team manager. Speaking to bristolrovers.co.uk I have known Kenny for a long time, we worked with each other at Man City. They are organised, difficult to play against , there was no surprise they have started in the manner they have. He is someone who the division, has a lot of coaching experience and are one of the teams to catch”.

Rovers are looking for a fourth consecutive home win for the first time since April 2017 when Orient visit tomorrow with Barton keen for his side to continue their form at the Memorial. Speaking to bristolrovers.co.uk every game brings pressure especially when you want to win every one. We haven’t conceded a goal in the last three and we must continue that when the real early pace setters are coming. If we’re going to be successful our home ground needs to be a fortress and a real difficult place for teams to come”.

Rovers Next Six Fixtures

Team News

Leon Clarke (hamstring), Sam Nicholson (bruised bone), Alex Rodman (broken foot), Anssi Jaakkola (achilles) and Trevor Clark all remained sidelined through injury. Glen Whelan looks set to continue in midfield after making his debut at Hartlepool last Saturday. Brett Pitman could start in the absence of Clarke in attack.

Head to Head – Bristol Rovers 47, Draw 27, Leyton Orient 40

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

Rovers have won two of the last three meetings

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“We’re Looking to Go There and Win”

Leyton Orient striker Aaron Drinan is looking to make it three wins in a row when the O’s visit Bristol Rovers on Saturday. The O’s sit fourth in League Two having only lost one of their opening seven league matches and the 23 year old stated to leytonorient.com anyone can beat anyone but with the way we’re playing and the form we’re in, we’re looking to go there and win”.

Sit 4th on 12 points

The O’s head to Rovers on the back of a 1-0 home win over Southampton U21’s in the EFL trophy on Tuesday. Antony Papadopoulos first strike for Orient sealed victory with manager Kenny Jackett stating to leytonorient.com it’s a great win and gets us off to a good start in that competition. A competition we want to progress in if we can”.

Orient’s Last Six Results

Drinan has settled into life in E10 quickly after his summer move from Ipswich and already has three goals and two assists to his name. The 23 year old has linked up very well in recent weeks with Theo Archibald and Harry Smith and stated to leytonorient.com I’m happy with how I am playing, long may it continue. The way all three of us scored last week was good, in the game we linked and gelled well together.

Only Forest Green (14) have scored more league goals than Orient (13)

Despite having a game midweek in the EFL Trophy, Jackett was quick to highlight that the Rovers clash is the biggest of the week. After Rovers’s relegation last season, the 59 year old is keen for side to continue their form but understands the potential Joey Barton’s men have. Speaking to leytonorient.com it’s a really big game for us, they all are when you want to do well in the league. We need to focus on ourselves, make sure we get our game right and do everything we can to be at our best. They are one of the bigger clubs in the division, well supported and have ambitions of going straight back up” .

Orient’s Next Six Fixtures

The O’s are yet to win on their travels this season, drawing all three away games so a far. Orient blew a lead twice in Newport last time on the road but Jackett is keen for his side to build on that performance on Saturday. Speaking to leytonorient.com we want to be defensively solid and compete in the game. At Newport, although we conceded two goals I thought we looked solid and looked a threat going forward, creating numerous chances. We want to play well both home and away”.

Three clean sheets this season (all at home)

No clean sheet in last seven away games

No away win in last seven games

Team News

Lawrence Vigouroux, Connor Wood, Tom James, Aaron Drinan, Harry Smith and Theo Archibald should all return after sitting out the midweek win over Southampton U21’s. Shadrach Ogie is available after returning from Covid 19 but Adam Thompson and Paul Smyth remain out. Darren Pratley should be fit after being taken off against Oldham while Ruel Sotriou is a doubt after coming off in midweek.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 40, Draw 27, Bristol Rovers 47

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

Orient have only lost one of the last six league meetings – W5 L1

No draw in last 12 meetings

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“We Have to Concentrate On Ourselves”

Leyton Orient defender Tom James insists his side must stay focused ahead of the visit of Oldham Athletic tomorrow. The Lactics have seen several games disrupted this year with protests but the 25 year old is keen for his side to put their stamp on the game. Speaking to leytonorient.com it will be a tough game but we have to concentrate on ourselves. We’ve been doing work on things to hurt them. If we concentrate, stay tight at the back we should be good going forward”.

The O’s head into Saturday’s clash on the back of a 2-2 draw at Newport. Harry Smith twice gave them the lead but Orient were pegged back twice through a Matt Dolan Penalty and Dom Telford strike. Assistant manager Joe Gallen admitted to leytonorient.com we’re disapointed to just have the one point today, thought it both halves we played very well. By the end we’re disappointed to only come away with a draw”.

Orient’s Last Six Results

Orient have made a solid start to the season with nine points from six games and James is keen for his side to continue to progress. James made the summer switch from Hibernian and has settled to life in E10 very well. Speaking to leytonorient.com It’s been a pretty good start, a few decent results and good performances. We are all looking forward to the games ahead and hopefully continue our good form and get some more wins”.

Orient’s Next Six Games

Manager Kenny Jackett highlights his side are looking for stability in the coming weeks. After three draws on the road, the former Portsmouth man knows the importance of backing up those results at Brisbane Road. Spekaing to leytonorient.com it was a good point away from home but it is important to follow up with a win at home. We are in a decent position and we are looking for consistency. If we get that it will help develop our form home and away”.

Orient have enjoyed two comprehensive wins at home over Exeter (3-0) and Bradford (2-0) and James knows the importance of his side building on clean sheets. James was part of a back five at Newport and is happy to play anywhere to help the team. Speaking to leytonorient.com it is something we talk about before, obviously we don’t want to concede goals. Clean sheets are massive part, if we win games and have good record like last season it will be really positive”.

Orient kept 18 clean sheets in League last season

Kept 10 at home – only Salford (11) kept more

The Lactics have lost five of the opening six league games and sit 23rd in League Two but Jackett highlights the importance that Keith Curle could have to their plight. Speaking to leytonorient.com “every side Curle has been at, he’s done well, he’s an excellent manager and has a very good track record. He has different ways to play. We respect the opposition, it’s our next game, we want to be on the front foot, creating chances going forward”.

Team News

Hector Kyprianou and Ruel Sotriou are back available after missing the trip to Newport due to International duty. Defenders Dan Happe and Adam Thompson are stil sidelined through injury as is forward Paul Smyth. On loan defender Alex Mitchell could keep his place if Orient continue to play a back three.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 21, Draw 20, Oldham Athletic

The Last Seven Meetings between Sides

Orient are unbeaten in last five games – W3 D2

Have only lost one of their last ten – W4 D5 L1

Orient are unbeaten in last nine league meetings – W4 D5

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“I Need the Players to Maintain Focus”

Oldham Athletic manager Keith Curle has urged his players to keep their attention solely on football matters. The Latics have seen several games disrupted by fan protests this season including last weekend’s defeat at home to Barrow. Curle’s men travel to East London to face Orient with Curle stating to oldhamtimes I need the players to maintain focus, keep believing in what we are doing, keep believing in the process and not go into a shel and not want to perform”.

The Lactics fell to their fifth defeat in six league games against Barrow, Goals from Ollie Banks, Offrande Zanzala and Joe Grayson left Oldham sitting in 23rd in League Two. Curle stated to BBC Radio Manchester I know their are underlying issues at the football club but we know we have let the fans down with that performance level”.

Oldham’s Last Six Results

Disruption in the second half caused a stoppage in play against Barrow with continued unrest growing regarding owner Abdallah Lemsagam. Ticketing issues for the next few games was announced in midweek but Orient stepped in allowing “pay on the day” for the traveling Lactics fans. Despite the turmoil surrounding the club, Curle insists they will come out the other side. Speaking to Oldham Times at the minute we are in a very dificult situation on the pitch and off the pitch – players, supporters, ownership but we will get through it. I guarantee you we will get through it”.

Saturday’s defeat to Barrow left the Lactics on three points equalling their worse start to a season after five games since 2017/2018. Away from the toxic enviornment of Boundary Park Curle highlights his side need to turn around the negativity. Speaking to Oldham Times It’s difficult but you’ve got to be able to use the negativity and turn it into a positive and be energised by it and that’s what we are trying to instill this week”.

Oldham Points after Five Games

Despite the Oldham fans calling Lemsagam to sell, the Oldham owner issued an open letter this week stating he isn’t looking to sell the club. In his letter he stated “I have made many mistakes I took over in 2018 but that I am not leaving, I am not selling. I accept that mistakes have been made. Each mistake has been honestly and with an intention to help the club I have never done anything intentionally to hurt the club, I never would”.

Finishing Position Under Lemsagam

The Lactics haven’t won at Brisbane Road since 2011 but Curle is keen for his side to improve their performances on the pitch. Speaking to Oldham Times it’s been about creating the focus of what we are doing on the pitch. Individually and collectivity we are here to do a job and we’ve got to do it better than results show at the minute”.

Team News

Ouss Cisse, Jamie Hopcutt, Danny Rogers and Sam Hart are all still sidelined through injury. Dylan Bahamboula is still set to be unavailable due to Covid quarantine rules. Curle stated to Oldham Times on the injury list “we had seven players out injured, one away on international duty and one injured at half time. You take nine players out of any team at this level and they are going to struggle”.

Head to Head – Oldham 26, Draw 20, Leyton Orient 21

The Last Seven Meetings

Oldham have only won one of the last 10 meetings – W1 D5 L4

Oldham are winless in their last nine league games against Orient – D5 L4

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“We Go In Very Good Spirits”

Bradford City manager Derek Adams is relishing life in the Bantams hotseat. The 46 year old has given his side their best league start to a season since 2016/2017 and is looking to continue that against Leyton Orient on Saturday. Speaking to bradfordcity.co.uk we’re looking forward to it, it’s a good venue to go to, we always enjoy going there. We’re taking big support and we’re coming off a really positive result against Mansfield”.

Only Forest Green (13) have scored more league goals than Bradford (9)

The Bantams made it three wins from their first four league games with a 3-2 victory away at Mansfield last weekend. Paulie O’Connor headed them ahead before an Ollie Hawkins brace saw them fall behind. However second half strikes from Charles Vernam and Andy Cook sealed victory.

Bradford’s Last Five Results

Bradford trailed for the first time in the league against Mansfield and O’Connor was pleased with his sides resilence to battle back. Speaking to bradfordcity.co.uk I thought we showed decent character to stay in the game and get the result. The most important thing was don’t panic. We dusted ourselves down and went again”.

After five games in two weeks, it was a welcome week on the training ground for Adams. The 46 year old swapped Morecambe for the Bantams in the summer is keen to build on their start to the season. Speaking to bradfordcityafc.com it’s important, we’ve had a very busy start to the season, having a free week only benefits us. I am very pleased with how we’ve started the season. It is important to remember we are still in the early stages and there is a long way to go”.

Five different scorers for Bradford in the League (two defenders)

O’Connor was delighted to notch his first of the season at Mansfield and to seal victory in front of a sold out away end. The 24 year old won the player of the season last year and highlights the threat that Orient could pose them on Saturday. Speaking to bradfordcityafc.com if today is anything to go by the fans will travel in their numbers again. Orient have recruited well this year, they will be there or there about. We are looking forward to it, a packed atmosphere and hopefully another three points”.

The Bantams head to Orient looking for four consecutive league wins for the first time since February. Adams will face Kenny Jackett for the first time since 2019 and the former Plymouth manager highlights the difficulty his side may have at Brisbane Road. Speaking to bradfordcityafc.comthis will certainly be a tough game, Leyton Orient are a good team with plenty of dangerous players and a good manager who likes to play in a certain way. No matter how we perform, the most important thing is that we get another victory”.

Bradford’s Next Six Fixtures

Team News

Lee Angol and Abo Eisa are both still out injured. Oscar Threkeld and Levi Sutton won’t be available but should return to training on Monday. Midfielder Yann Songo’o could continue after making his first start for the Bantams at Mansfield.

Head to Head – Bradford 15, Draw 12, Leyton Orient 17

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

Bradford have won four of the last six games – W4 D1 L1

Bradford have only lost one of the last seven – W4 D2 L1

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“There’s Plenty More to Come From Each and Every One of Us”

Leyton Orient defender Connor Wood insists his side are only at the start of the journey. The 25 year old joined the O’s from Bradford in the summer and wants his side to build on their promosing start as they head to Carlisle on Saturday. Speaking to leytonorient.comI’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far, we’re a fairly new back four but their is real togetherness already. We want to continue to build solidarity and become a real force. Keeping as many clean sheets is the main aim as defenders”.

Orient head North after a comprehensive 3-0 home win over Exeter last weekend. First half goals from Aaron Drinan and Omar Beckles set them on their way before on loan Lincoln winger Theo Arichbald sealed the victory. Manager Kenny Jackett stated to leytonorient.com after the win “we didn’t have everything our own way, I always felt we needed that third goal and it was a real quality goal”.

Orient’s results so far

There was plenty of change at the O’s during the summer with Wood one of nine summer signings alongside Jackett’s arrival. Despite the wholesale changes, Wood feels there is a real togetherness being developed and is keen to continue their unbeaten league run. Speaking to leytonorient.comyou can already see how well we have gelled together, we have bonded as a team which is massive. It’s important to get a run going early doors and build momentum. You can see it on the pitch how close we are and how much we demand of each other. It’s a great bunch and I’m reallly excited to see where it goes”.

The trip to Carlisle starts a busy week for the O’s who have back to back home games on Tuesday and Saturday. Orient will be looking to build on recent performances with Jackett highlighting the significance of every game. Speaking to leytonorient.com all games are important, you want a good home record and want to build a good raport with the supporters. Similiary when on the road, we do really appreciate the suporters who make the effort and help us to achieve”. He added “Salford was excellent in terms of support, it is up to us to put on a performance to encourage them, on and off the ball we have to be at our best”.

Orient’s Next Six Fixtures

Carlisle are unbeaten so far in the league with five points from three games and Jackett knows that the Cumbrians could be a threat on Saturday. Speaking to leytonorient.com they are a good team, well coached. They have a good attitude and quality, maybe Covid and a few things conspired against them last season, they were a little bit unlucky. They will be wanting to replicate that I’m sure. For us we won’t underestimate anybody, we will give them the respect they deserve. My focus is mainly on my team, my aim is my sides performance”.

Carlisle Sat Top of League Two at the start of 2021

After their COVID outbreak, Carlisle only took nine points from next 42 points

Wood lost both games against the Cumbrians for Bradford last season and certainly knows what to expect at Brunton Park. Speaking to leytonorient.com it will be another tough challenge and one we want to overcome. Carlisle play completly differently to what we have experienced so far. We will create a gameplan to nullify their threats and provide best chance to win”.

Carlisle were joint top scorers at home last season

Team News

Striker Paul Smyth remains sidelined through injury while defender Adam Thompson is continuing his rehab from a broken leg. Harry Smith is fit after coming through last weekend’s victory over Exeter. Goalkeeper Sam Sargeant is unavailable after joining Barnet on loan in midweek so young Rhys Byrne is expected to be named on the bench. Forward Tyrese Omotoye should be on the bench after joining on loan from Norwich in midweek.

Head to Head – Carlisle 23, Draw 14, Leyton Orient 21

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

Orient have only won one of the last seven meetingsW1 D3 L3

Five of the last seven wins between the sides have been from the away side

Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings and 11 of last 13 games

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“We’re Going into Every Game Confident”

Exeter City defender Jack Sparkes is confident his side can pick up their first win of the season against Leyton Orient. The Grecians travel to East London after back to back 0-0 draws but the 20 year old feels it is only a matter of time before the win arrives. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk we are in a good place as a team. We played reasonably well Tuesday and played well Saturday. It’s a case of getting the ball over the line”.

The Grecians bowed out of the League Cup on penalties to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night with manager Matt Taylor disappointed his side failed to score again. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.ukwe needed to create more, I felt it was a little timid from start to finish. First half it pitted out into a nothing game. We’ve got to show a little more and effect the ball in more dangerous areas”.

After having a Covid scare in midweek, the Grecians produced a clear round of tests on Thursday with Taylor keen to look ahead to the trip to Orient. It will be Exeter first away game with supporters for 524 days and the 29 year old excited to see them back. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk all our minds are focused on this weekend, the squad is a little bit thin with injuries anway then the covid is not ideal. When we travel in numbers it just shows our unity as a club. We are so well supported on our travels so to hear any noise will be absolutely brilliant”.

Exeter’s Next Six Games

Exeter brought in striker Padraig Amond on loan in midweek hoping to add to their firepower going forward. Despite the lack of a goal, Sparkes knows his side have been creating the opportunities to score. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.ukwe have made chances in the last few games, sometimes it’s how football works out. It’s a game we are going into thinking we can win. We’re looking forward Orient, focusing on ourselves and we’re ready.”.

The Grecians took four points off the O’s last season but Taylor is keen to highlight there has been plenty of positive changes at Brisbane Road over the summer. The 39 year old spoke to exetercityfc.co.uk “their not at full strength similiar to ourselves. They have a really experienced manager who has a lot of knowhow at this level and above. We do expect them to be stronger than last season and to improve. Judging by their game at Salford, they were really impressive and we feel they are moving in the right direction”.

League Position under Matt Taylor

Taylor saw Orient first hand on Wednesday as the O’s bowed out to QPR on Wednesday night and the 39 year old knows the threat they may pose. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk it was a game of two halves, Orient became more aggressive as the game went on. They were had more purpose in and out of position and probably deserved to win the game of football. We both had creditable performance and lost on penalties. Both will be looking for the same thing on Saturday, three points and a return for their effort”.

Taylor’s League Record – P130 W55 D41 L34

Team News

New signing Padriag Amond is available after his loan move from Newport. Josh Key should be available after receiving a negative Covid test. Tim Dieng and Jonathon Grounds are doubts but Sam Nombe is out with Covid. Archie Collins, Sam Stubbs and Josh Coley are all still unavailable through injury.

Head to Head – Exeter City 33, Draw 26, Leyton Orient 33

The Last Eight Meetings

Exeter are unbeaten in last eight games – W6 D2

Exeter are unbeaten on last three trips to Brisbane Road – W2 D1

Exeter have scored in last eight games, scoring 22 goals

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-2 Exeter City

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“Get Ready for the Real Stuff”

Salford City captain Ashley Eastham is relishing the start of the season especially with the return of supporters. The 30 year old joined the Amnies in January 2020 but has only played in front of the home fans twice and is delighted to have the opportunity on Saturday. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk last season was tough being an empty season. I’m really excited for this season to be back to some sort of normality. We hope you have plenty to cheer about on Saturday”.

Salford had best home record in League Two last season – P23 W11 D11 L1

Only defeat to Bolton 0-1, 13/04/2021

Manager Gary Bowyer was appointed in the summer after missing out on the play offs by just two points last season. The Amnies are once again one of the bookies favourites but the former Blackburn man highlights that every club will have their sights set on promotion. Speaking to Salfordcityfc.co.uk I’m sure if we went up and down the country, clubs all have expectations. One thing you can guarantee it will be a real tough season, teams all have expectations to get out of the league and we are certainly no different”.

Bowyer’s Record at Salford – P11 W6 D2 L3 F13 A5 20 points

After three managers last season, the Amnies will be hoping Bowyer can bring some stability at the Penisula. Midfielder Matty Willock joined in midweek after being on trial during pre season and revealed the vision of the club helped him make the decision. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.ukI spoke with the gaffer, the club and they both have the same aspirations s me. We just want to achieve as much as we can in League Two and push on. I want to push as high as possible so I think it is a perfect fit”.

Salford’s last five opening day results

Once again there has been plenty of incomings at the Penisula with Bowyer praising his sides pre season work ahead of the new season. Despite defeat in their pre season game the 50 year was pleased and is raring to go ahead of the visit of Leyton Orient on Saturday. Speaking to salfordcity.co.uk overall it’s been a very good pre season, the program we put together really tested and stretched us in the games. We can see they are fit. I’m delighted pre season is over now and we get ready for the real stuff”.

Salford’s Summer Arrivals

Salford and Orient are no strangers to each other as they sides met at the Penisula on the final day of last season. But there has been plenty of change at the O’s in the summer with Boywer hoping the fans can provide the edge tomorrow. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk “we are all looking forward to Saturday. It has been fantastic to have them back in the stadium but it become a lot more real next week”.

Team News

Tom King looks set for his debut in goal while summer signings Connor McAleny Josh Morris and Matty Lund look set to start against the O’s. Midfielder Matty Willock could be handed a start after his midweek move to the Amnies.

Head to Head

Prediction – Salford City 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“We Want to Start the Campaign Right”

Leyton Orient midfielder Craig Clay is excited ahead of his side’s season opener at Salford City on Saturday. The O’s travel to North to face the Amnies and the 29 year old can’t wait to play in front of a crowd again. Speaking to leytonorient.com we want to start the campaign right, I remember we played them two years ago, we got the late equaliser. To have them back, bringing the atmosphere back will make it feel real again”

Orient’s Last Seven Opening Day Results

It was a summer of change in E10 with the East Londoners appointing former Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett as First Team Manager. The 59 year has enjoyed the pre season work but can’t wait to finally get back to League action. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe are looking forward to it, we have worked hard but now the real stuff starts it’s a new season and a big challenge”.

After being sacked in March, Jackett revealed he analyzed a lot of League Two towards the back of last season after last managing at this level back in 2005. With supporters now allowed back in stadiums the former Wolves manager is keen to build a relationship with the supporters. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe can’t stress enough what they really do. We want to build a really good bond between the players and supporters. That’s comes with performances, effort, cohesion and ultimately results on the pitch”.

Clay signed a new two deal in the summer begins his fifth season at the Breyer Group stadium. With eight incomings and 13 outgoings the former Grimsby man highlighted the importance of pre season and creating togetherness in the group. Speaking to leytonorient.com it’s been really good, everyone gets on with everyone. We’ve had a few team bonding meals. It’s the first step to having a good bond which can help take you places”.

Orient’s Summer Signings

After Salford, the O’s have three consecutive home matches with Jackett keen to gain momentum at the start of the season. The 59 year old acknowledge that his side have a tough start to the campaign but it will provide a good assessment to where his side are. Speaking to leytonorient.com by the end of September, we will have a good idea where we are. We have a wide range of games with some tough away games, with sides that are favourties and spent a lot of money. It will give us a really good idea of where we are in the division and we are really looking forward to it”.

Orient’s First Six Games

Team News

Orient look set to a hand debut to new Club Captain Darren Pratley while defenders Tom James, Connor Wood and Omar Beckles are are also set to start. New strikers Aaron Drinan and Paul Smyth should have overcome knocks to be involved but Harry Smith and Adam Thompson are sidelined through injury. Winger Theo Archibald could start alongside Dan Kemp in attack.

Head to Head

Prediction – Salford 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“The Mantra is to Win the Next One”

Cheltenham Town manager Michael Duff has urged his side to focused ahead of their meeting with Leyton Orient at Jonny-Rocks Stadium. The Robins maintained their spot in the top seven on Tuesday night and the 42 year old is keen to keep looking up. Speaking to ctfc.comthe mantra is to win the next one, we will park up Tuesday night and move onto the next one”

  • Sit 7th on 51 points – inside playoffs on goal difference
  • One defeat in last four – W2  D1  L1
  • Only lost two of their last nine – W4  D3  L2
  • League Record – P31  W13  D12  L6  F45  A25

The Robins bounced back from Saturday’s defeat with  1-0 away at Carlisle on Tuesday night courtesy of Reuben Reid’s second of the season. The 31 year old made his first start since December and was delighted to get the win for his team. Speaking to ctfc.com “if you take in to account the whole scenario , to travel up on the day and the elements. To come and get the win was very satisfying. In the end we probably done enough to get the three points”.

Last 6 Chelts

Cheltenham’s Last Six Results

Cheltenham battled Storm Ciara on Tuesday night and with Storm Dennis on the way, Duff highlighted he wants his side to continue where they left off at Brunton Park. Speaking to ctfc.com we actually played some good football and got in two or three times. We made good chances through good football. We don’t want it to be a game of chance, we want the best team to win. There’s not a lot we can do about the conditions. We expect the mentality and resilience every game, it shouldn’t matter on the weather or stage of the season”.

  • Failed to score in eight league games – one at home
  • Scored in three of last four
  • Scored in last three home games, netting eight
  • Only failed in one of 18 home games all season
  • Scored two or more in 13 league games, nine at home

The Robins grabbed their first clean sheet in six games on Tuesday night and defender Charlie Raglan admitted his side have worked hard on being difficult to play against. The 26 year old has only missed one league match this season and stated to ctfc.comit’s massive, we’ve been pretty good defensively this year but we put a lot of emphasis on our solidity at the back, it’s a nice reward for the back five and goalkeeper. On Tuesday it was a massive team performance so yes a clean sheet is a bonus but three points were always the most important thing”.

  • Best defensive Record in League – conceded just 25 goals in 31 games
  • Kept ten league clean sheets – Three at home
  • Kept just two in last 12 games
  • One clean sheet in last ten home games
  • Not conceded more than twice in a league game, only team in league

Cheltenham are right a play off battle with just one point separating five teams in the battle for the top seven. The Robins host Orient in the first of three consecutive home games and will be looking to stamp their authority. Defender Raglan highlighted the positive of having nine of their remaining 15 games at home to ctfc.comit’ll make a massive difference. We’ve had a decent year at home in terms of results and performances where the fans have been great so we’re going to need them throughout that run we’ve got. Keep the momentum high and make it tough for the opposition teams so we look forward to those nine games and hope we can pick up a few good results”.

  • Home league Record – P14  W8  D4  L2  F30  15
  • Won last three games – F8  A2
  • One defeat in last five games – W3  D1  L1
  • Only lost two at home in league all season
  • 28/51 points come at home

The O’s beat Cheltenham back on the opening day in East London but Duff highlights the Orient arrive in Gloucestershire in form. Speaking to ctfc.com on the Orient, “they’ve picked up, only lost one in six and have some really good performances and it will be a really tough game. They have a real attacking front three, three center forwards on the pitch and have good delivery from wide areas”

  • 66% of league points have come against current bottom half teams
  • Won all seven home games – F21  A5
  • Bottom Half record – P17  W10  D4  L3 

Cheltenham have only lost six league games all season and Raglan highlights his side feel they can win most games if they are at it. Speaking to ctfc.comI think we go into it feeling that we can win the game. We’ve played everybody and not lost many this season but we’ve got a quiet confidence about us. I don’t think we’re arrogant. We’re humble enough to know we’re not the finished article and we haven’t cracked it”. 

  • Scored 27/45 league goals in the second half (19/30) at home
  • Netted 20 in final 30 minutes, with 14 of them coming at home

Team News

Chris Clements returns to the squad after recovering from injury. Striker Luke Varney, midfielder Connor Thomas and defender Jacob Greaves are all pushing for starts after dropping out of the starting 11 at Carlisle in midweek. George Lloyd and Scott Flinders remain out through injury.

Head to Head – Cheltenham 10, Draw 5, Leyton Orient 7

Last Meeting – 03/08/2019 – Leyton Orient 1-0 Cheltenham

Head to head

The Past Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Cheltenham have only won one of the last four meetings – W1  D1  L2
  • Not won last two at home – D1  L1
  • Four of the last five wins have been 1-0
  • Only two of the last seven games has seen both teams score
  • Has only been one draw in past ten meetings

Last Time Out – 11/02/2020 – Carlisle 0-1 Cheltenham

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Starting 11 vs Carlisle

Prediction – Cheltenham 2-1 Leyton Orient

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