“When You Are Winning Games, You Just Want the Next One to Come”

Leyton Orient striker Dan Holman insists that his side want the games to keep on coming while they are winning. The O’s extended their unbeaten run to four games with a 1-0 away victory at AFC Fylde on Saturday courtesy of Macauley Bonne’s first half penalty. Ahead of their trip to Chester tomorrow, Holman stated to leytonorient.com when you are winning games, you just want that next one to come. We go in positive and with confidence to go and get another result”.

  • Sit 16th on 39 points  – six points above relegation zone
  • Form in last six – W2  D3  L1
  • Last defeat – 3-2 vs Aldershot, 23/01/18
  • League Record – P33  W10  D9  L14  F41  A47

Orient continue to improve under head coach Justin Edinburgh and the former Newport man was thrilled with another three points. Speaking to BBC LondonI’m delighted, I thought we were worthy of the three points, I thought we were aggressive, controlled and looked a real threat on the counter”.

  • 21 of Orient’s 39 points have come against the bottom half – P14  W6 D3  L5
  • Orient have lost both away games played against the current bottom four – (3-0 vs Torquay, 1-0 vs Solihull Moors)

Orient were rarely put under pressure at Fylde with Holman crediting the defence for providing a stable base for his side. Speaking to leytonorient.com the defence did brilliantly and we got the three points. We all performed well and did a job. We have got to do that away from home, be solid and get wins”.

  • Kept eight league clean sheets (five away)
  • First clean sheet in six on Saturday
  • First clean sheet in four away from home (three in last six)
  • Three clean sheets in last four away league games

With another away game on Tuesday, Edinburgh is keen for his to continue their good form on the road. The O’s are unbeaten in their last seven on their travels with Edinburgh stating to leytonorient.com we spoke to the players about how we have not been beaten since my first game in charge. We take great belief in performing and managing games very well picking up some victories along the way”.

  • Away League Record – P16  W5  D4  L7  F17  A25
  • Last defeat – 1-0 vs Solihull Moors, 02/12/18
  • Three wins in a row (90 mins) for first time since January/ February 2016 
  • Won three of last four away

In recent games, Orient have looked a real threat in attack with Holman and  Bonne’s partnership continuing to grow. Backed up wingers, Josh Koroma and James Brophy, Orient should have scored more on Saturday as they created numerous chances in the second half. Edinburgh highlighted to BBC London the missed chances could have cost his team, “on a another day they might have come back to haunt us with the last block we had to do at the end. We are getting better all the time”

  • Failed to score in ten league games (five away)
  • Scored in last six – scoring 12 in total
  • Last failed to score – 0-0 vs Boreham Wood, 06/01/18
  • Scored in six of their last seven away games
  • Scored two or more in three of last four away games

Competition for places is fierce at Leyton Orient with Justin Edinburgh naming the same side for their past two games. Holman joined on loan from Cheltenham in January and is fully aware that everyone has to fight for the shirt, “competition is there 100%, day in and day out in training. It’s intense, everyone wants a place and when you have got competition, you have got to perform”.

  • Conceded 30/47 league goals in first half (16/25 away) – second worse behind Chester and Guiseley (31) 
  • Only five of 13 goals conceded under Edinburgh have been in first half
  • 24/41 league goals scored have been in second half but 10/17 away in first half
  • 15 of 22 under Edinburgh and 19 of the last 27 goals scored been in second half

Chester host Orient after picking up their first victory in seven games on Saturday with a 3-1 home win over Eastleigh. Ross Hannah’s double and a James Akinunde strike help boost Chester survival hopes.

  • Sit 22nd on 30 points
  • Form in last six – W1  D1  L4 
  • Only three league wins in last 17 games – W3  D6  L8
  • League Record – P33  W6  D12  L15  F30  A53

In a testing last month for Marcus Bignot’s men the victory finally gave them a win at home . With the threat of having to find £50,000 to get them through till the end of the season, Bignot was delighted for the home fans. Speaking to National League Paper, “considering what has gone on in the recent days, I am overjoyed with the performance that the boys gave us. Every one of them played their part in this victory and the commitment and heart shown was extremely impressive”.

  • Home League Record – P16  W4  D4  L8  F16  A25
  • 3rd worse record in league, only Torquay (14) and Guiseley (13) taken fewer points at home
  • First home win since 9th December – W1  D2  L2 

With all of the off field problems going on, Bignot was happy that the talking was done on the pitch by his side. Speaking to chesterchronicle.co.uk today was about these players who went out on the pitch and put in the performance and got a superb result against a very good team”.

  • Kept five league clean sheets (joint lowest in league)
  • No clean sheet in last seven
  • Last clean sheet 1-0 win at Ebbsfleet, 06/01/18
  • No clean sheet in last five home games
  • Just one clean sheet in last 11 home games – (1-0 vs Solihull Moors, 09/12/17)

Sitting five points from safety, Bignot knows the importance of backing up Saturday’s win on Tuesday when Orient visit. Speaking to chesterchronicle.co.ukwe haven’t had back to back yet, when we do, it will change the whole complexion of the league table”. The former Grimsby man is fully aware of the task if his side are to beat to the drop but with 13 games to go, “we are in a mini league now. February, March and April is the business end now, if we get on our run now we will defy the odds. We have a group of players and a manager who believe we can”.

  • Have not won back to back games since December 2016 – 2-1 vs Witton FA Trophy and 2-0 vs Aldershot League

Midfielder Dominic Vose joined Chester last week on non contract terms and the 24 year old was delighted to get back playing. It was only Vose’s second start of the season after finding it hard to force his way into the first team at Bromley. Speaking to chesterfc.com I haven’t played all season and I enjoyed being back out there. It’s been up and down, there was just a switch in my head, go and play football till the end of the season. I had a good conversation with the gaffer and we would help each other”.

  • 2nd Lowest scorers in League, only Guiseley have scored fewer
  • Failed to score in 13 league games
  • Scored for first time in three games on Saturday
  • Scored in last three home games and five of their last six
  • Only scored two or more goals eight times this season, – first time in 12 games on Saturday

Vose capped his first start since 2nd December assisting Akintunde’s goal in stoppage time. The former Grimsby man now knows his side have to go into Orient with some momentum, “we have got to be confident going into Tuesday and Leyton Orient. It’s all about us, we can’t worry about them or who they are. They are coming to our gaff, we have got to be strong and have quality going forward”.

  • Conceded 31/53 league goals in first half (15/25 home) – joint most in league
  • Their last five conceded and seven of their last nine have been in first half
  • Scored 18/30 (9/16 home) league goals in second half 
  • Six of their last nine and four of their last six home goals have been scored in second half

Team News

Leyton Orient named an unchanged squad on Saturday in their victory at AFC Fylde, with Jobi McAnuff (shoulder) and Myles Judd (neck) still out through injury. Recent signings Sam Ling and Nathan Mavilla await to make their debuts.

Midfielder Dominic Vose is expected to start after impressing in his first appearance for the club. Striker Ross Hannah will be hoping to add to his eight league goals this season while Myles Anderson and Jordan Gough are struggling with injury.

Head to Head – Orient 13, Draw 8, Chester 10

Last meeting – 21/11/2017 – Leyton Orient 2-2 Chester 

  • Orient have scored in 11 of the last 12 meetings between sides

 

Chester H2H

The Last 8 meetings between the sides

  • Orient are unbeaten in their last 7 trips to Chester – W4  D3 – last losing back in 1995

 

Chester h2h away

Orient’s last 8 trips to Chester

Prediction – Chester 1-3 Leyton Orient

 

 

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“We Need to Make That Gap as Big as We Can”

Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson is fully aware of the task that awaits his side as they travel to in form AFC Fylde tomorrow. The O’s sit just six points above the relegation zone and the former Dagenham man knows his side need to keep the points ticking over. Speaking to East London Advertiser we need to make that gap as big as we can and keep trying to get the wins on board so we can pull further away”.

  • Sit 17th on 36 points
  • Unbeaten in their last three – W2  D1
  • Form in last six – W3  D2  L1 
  • League Record – P32  W9  D9  L14  F40  A47

The O’s head north on the back of a 1-1 draw with Tranmere last weekend as Dan Holman’s first goal for the club cancelled out Ritchie Sutton’s first half header. Justin Edinburgh praised his side as they fought back to gain a point. Speaking to leytonorient.comit was a tough battle, I thought the players showed a lot of character and energy in really tough conditions. We gave a fantastic account of ourselves in a really good game. 

  • Away League Record – P15  W4  D4  L7   F16  A25
  • Unbeaten in their last six – W5  D1
  • Won back to back games against Dover (4-3) and Halifax (2-1)
  • Won two of their last three away in league
  • Last loss – 1-0 vs Solihull Moors, 02/12/17
  • Last won three consecutive away games was 

Heavy fixture load

Orient added defender Sam Ling and Nathan Mavilla in the past ten days to further enhance competition at Brisbane Road. Tomorrow’s trip to Fylde is the start of a potential nine fixtures in the next month and Edinburgh highlights that the squad will have to play their part, “we have a busy period coming up now, a lot of travelling and big games. We are blessed with the squad that we feel can cope, everyone is going to play their part”.

  • 30/47 league goals conceded in the first half – joint most with Chester
  • 16/25 away goals in first half
  • Conceded ten between 1-15 minutes
  • Conceded 13 between 31-45 minutes – including a goal in their last three league gamess

After taking 15 points from his first ten league games in charge, Edinburgh is looking forward to gaining more till the end of the season. Edinburgh took over with the O’s 21st and the former Newport boss is delighted with how his side are continually getting better. Speaking to BBC LondonI think we are improving all the time. At times decision making can be better but from where we’ve come from in a short space of time, I can’t praise the players enough”.

  • Kept seven league clean sheets (four away)
  • No clean sheet in last five – conceded nine goals
  • No clean sheet in last three away – kept two in their seven under Edinburgh
  • Last clean sheet was 06/01/18 0-0 vs Boreham Wood

Midfielder Craig Clay has relished his recent partnership with Ebou Adams as it has given him license to go forward. Clay who joined from Motherwell in the summer is not fazed by the trip to Fylde despite them sitting in the play offs. Speaking to leytonorient.com they have been doing well, we played them in our rough spell. They have been in good form and have good players but we worry about ourselves. We have turned it up a bit with our performances and results, three losses in 13. We go in confident”.

  • Failed to score in ten league games – (five away)
  • Scored in their last five – scoring 11
  • Scored in five of their last six away – scoring two or more in all five
  • Last failed to score 0-0 vs Boreham Wood

The O’s have only picked up 13 of their 36 points against sides in the top half. Since Edinburgh’s arrival they have only lost one of the four fixtures they have played against the top seven, “it will be a tough game, we are probably going to the in form team in the league but we have done well against the top teams and we want that to continue on Saturday”.

  • Scored 24/40 league goals in the second half – 9/16 away in first half
  • 15/21 goals scored under Edinburgh have been in second half
  • 19 of their last 26 in second half
  • Seven of Orient’s nine league wins have been by two or more goals

Fylde host Orient top of the form table after picking up their seventh win in their last ten league games in a 2-1 victory at Gateshead last weekend. Danny Rowe’s brace moved the front man on to 18 league goals helping Fylde back in to the play off spot.

  • Sit 7th on 52 points
  • League Record – P33  W14  D10  L9  F58  A42
  • Last defeat – 1-0 vs Woking, 27/01/18

fylde points in last 10              Soccerstats – no team collected more points in last 10 games

Rowe who’s 50 goals last season helped fire Fylde to promotion felt his side were always in control at Gateshead and was pleased to gain maximum points. Speaking to afcfylde.co.uk  If you had offered us three points before hand we would have taken it. It is a tough place to come, we won and throughout the game I felt we were in total control”.

  • Home League Record – P16  W7  D7  L2  F33  A19
  • Only Wrexham (1) have lost less games at home
  • Won four of their last six – scoring 19 goals in the six games
  • Not lost at home since 23rd September
  • League Record – W6  D4  F24  A7

Despite the victory manager Dave Challinor highlighted that conceding in stoppage time partly shaded the three points. Speaking to afcfylde.co.uk “the one frustration was to concede, it tinges what has been a great day for us. Winning 2-0 is win win for everyone, the defenders come off happy as do the attackers”.

  • Kept ten league clean sheets (six at home)
  • No clean sheet in last three
  • Kept two in their last seven – both at home
  • Kept two in their last three home games 
  • Last clean sheet – 3-0 vs Maidstone, 23/01/18

After winning the National League North last season, Fylde have been steadily improving as the season progresses with Challinor reassessing where his side could finish. Sitting inside the play offs, Challinor stated to afcfylde.co.uk at the start of the campaign, our realistic aim for this stage was to be safe and secure. We have achieved that and now we have an opportunity to change the ambitions and look up. We have given ourselves a realistic chance of finishing in the play offs”.

  • League’s top scorers with 58 goals in 33 games
  • Only failed to score in three league games (one at home)
  • Only failed to score in one of their last 14 games – Woking, 1-0 away
  • Scored in 12 consecutive home games and 24 of their last 26 home league games
  • Last failed to score at home – 0-0 vs Gateshead, 03/10/17
Points needed for 7th Fylde

Points to finish 7th 

With just seven points separating the top seven and six of the top eight playing each other this weekend, Challinor is keen not to set a points target for his side. “In terms of the play offs, it’s difficult to predict how many points you will need. I don’t want to guess at a number. We have to be proactive and get as many points as possible, If we can take care of business then the table could have a very different complexion.”

A victory on Saturday would give Fylde their first ever National League Double after beating Orient 2-1 back at Brisbane Road in September. The result still lives in the memory for Challinor, “to win their earlier in the season was a great result, up there with the best results we have had with the club. Orient have not had the start they would have liked but have had a decent run of late. Probably we didn’t expect our first double to be against Leyton Orient”.

  • Have scored 30/58 league goals in the second half
  • Joint most with Eastleigh
  • Scored 15 in final 15 minutes of games – only Dagenham (16) and Tranmere (15) scored more in that period
  • Nine of their last 15 goals have been in first half

Midfielder James Hardy is glad to be back after being side lined for three months with a back problem. The 21 year old has returned to play a part in the last two games and is aware that Orient will be a test for his side. Speaking to afcfylde.co.uk I thought when we played at their place, they were one of the better sides we’ve come up against. I reckon if we play as well as we know we can then we should get three points but it won’t be easy by any means”.

  • Have conceded 23/42 league goals in the second half
  • Including 11 between 46-60 minutes – joint most with Halifax 
  • 7/19 home goals conceded have been straight after half time

Team News

Leyton Orient have doubts over Jobi McAnuff (neck) and Myles Judd (groin) ahead of the trip. New signings Sam Ling and Nathan Mavilla could be involved in the squad while James Brophy is looking to continue after impressing on his first start since his January move from Swindon.

AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor has no new injury worries and will be hoping striker Danny Rowe can add to his 18 league goals. James Hardy is pushing for a start after impressing off the bench after returning from injury.

Head to Head – One previous meeting

30th September – Leyton Orient 1-2 AFC Fylde 

Prediction – AFC Fylde 2-2 Leyton Orient

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“We Can’t Afford to Keep Relying on the Front Players to Score Goals”

Leyton Orient assistant coach Ross Embleton highlights the need for his side to improve defensively. The O’s blew a three goal lead away at Dover last weekend but had to be thankful to a David Mooney strike in added time to win the game. Embleton spoke to leytonorient.com statingwe have got to make sure we see the game out, we can’t afford to give three goals away in the manner we did”.

  • 17th on 35 points – five above relegation zone
  • Three wins in the last four
  • Form in last six – W3  D2  L1
  • League Record – P31  W9  D8  L14  F39  A46

George Elokobi, MacAuley Bonne and Matt Harrold put Orient three up at Dover before they pulled three goals back. Striker David Mooney grabbed his first goal since October to give Orient back to back wins for the first time in 2018. 

  • Seven of their nine league wins have been by two or more goals
  • Orient have only won two of their 17 games against the current top half in National League
  • Both wins came at home (2-0 vs Dagenham, 4-1 vs Sutton United)

Orient dominated for large spells but nearly ruined all their hard work in the last ten minutes, which left head coach Justin Edinburgh with mixed emotions. Speaking to BBC London it was a frustrating afternoon, some of the finishing was exquisite, on the flip side the way we allowed such a comfortable performance nearly overshadowed it”. He added “I am delighted with the result for long periods of the game it was the best we’ve played since I’ve been here but lapses of concentration nearly cost us”.

  • Home League Record – P16  W5  D4  L7  F23  A21
  • No win in last three – D1  L2
  • Two wins in their last nine –  W2  D3  L4
  • Last win 2-0 vs Dagenham, 26/12/17
  • Only won three home games since the start of September – 13 games

Edinburgh’s arrival in November coincided with their improvement defensively, conceding just four goals in his first eight games in charge. But with the O’s conceding seven in their last three games, Embleton is very aware that his side need to stop the goals going in. Speaking to leytonorient.com we can’t afford to keep relying on the front players to score goals. We missed a number of chances which would have helped take some pressure of backline”.

  • Kept seven league clean sheets (three at home)
  • No clean sheet in last four games
  • Kept two in their last four home games
  • Last Clean sheet – 0-0 vs Boreham Wood, 06/01/2018
  • Kept four in 12 games under Edinburgh

With Sam Ling signing in midweek, it is another player which adds competition to the already strong squad. All three strikers available last weekend scored for the O’s and head coach Edinburgh is fully aware that he will have to make tough decisions. Speaking to BBC London, there are real decision for me to make, as a manger it is what you want. The competition is very strong now”.

  • Failed to score in ten league games (five at home)
  • Scored at least two goals in their last four games
  • Only scored in one of their last three home games
  • Scored in last two league games but failed to score in three of last five

The O’s lost 2-1 at Tranmere earlier in the season and Embleton revealed to leytonorient.com that he was impressed by Micky Mellon’s outfit. “There have been one or two teams I have looked at this season who I felt were strong teams in the league and Tranmere were certainly one of them He added “I felt we underperformed in the away game, we had a number of opportunities to get some points from the game”.

  • Conceded 29/46 league goals in first half
  • The joint most in league alongside Chester
  • Have conceded 12 between minutes 31-45 
  • Only Guiseley and Chester (14) have conceded more in that period
  • Only four of the 12 conceded under Edinburgh have come in first hlf

Despite Tranmere only winning three of their opening 12 league games, Embleton is aware how their form has improved as the season has progressed, “they had a sloppy, slow start to the season but they are now in a good position in the league”. He added “it is important we respect what they are about, we feel they are well equipped for the division but we have looked and identified the key elements to give us a chance to win the game”.

  • Have scored 23/39 league goals in second half
  • 16/23 home league goals have been in the second half
  • 14/20 scored under Edinburgh have come in second half
  • 18 of the last 25 goals scored have been in the second half

Tranmere arrive in E10 on the back of their third win in four games which moved them to within two points of leaders Wrexham. Andy Cook sent them on their way opening the scoring against Ebbsfleet before James Norwood netted a brace to see Rovers cement their place in the promotion hunt.

  • Sit 4th on 54 points
  • Unbeaten in last five, one loss in last nine
  • One loss in last 12 league games – W8 D3  L1
  • League Record – P32  W15  D9  L8  F51  A30

With only two of the top eight playing last weekend, Mellon was delighted that his team were able to get themselves right into the mix. Speaking to tranmererovers.co.ukI am really pleased to get the result, delighted to score goals and keep a clean sheet at home”. He added “it was an opportunity for us to close in at the top end of the league, it brings a bit of pressure but to play the way we did, I am really pleased with it”.

  • Away League Record – P16  W4  D7  L5  F16  A18
  • One win in last four – W1  D2  L1
  • Only lost one of their last five – 5-2 vs Fylde, 01/01/18
  • 35% of league points come away
  • Scored in nine of their last ten away league games
  • Last failed to score – 1-0 vs Gateshead, 18/11/17

Striker James Norwood’s two goals saw him achieve 50 goals for Tranmere and the striker was quick to praise the whole side for the win. Speaking to tranmererovers.co,uk from front to back, I thought we were superb, the clean sheet is massive for us. Everyone was brilliant and we ticked over really well which made it quite comfortable for ourselves”.

  • Kept 13 league clean sheets (six away)
  • Only Wrexham (18) have kept more clean sheets in league
  • Kept two in their last four
  • Only kept one in their last 12 away games (1-0 vs Woking, 13/01/18)
  • Kept five in their first seven away games of season, just one in last nine

With both Andy Cook and Norwood netting last weekend, it was the sixth game in their last seven where one of them had found the net. Norwood was delighted that partnership keeps on building, “we get on really well, we travel in together and we have had a run of games now where we are pretty confident we’re going to play together”. He added “we are building that partnership and it is working well at the minute so we will keep working and hopefully keep scoring”.

  • Norwood (13) and Cook (13) have scored 51% of their league goals
  • The pair have scored nine of their last 16 league goals
  • Scored 27/51 league goals in the second half – including 15 in the final 15 minutes of games
  • Only Dagenham (16) have scored more in that period
  • Six of their last 12 goals have been scored in second half

Rovers were eight points off the lead at the start of 2018 and Mellon highlighted that now promotion is up for grabs his side need to keep performing as they are. “It is about making sure we turn up and do our jobs, we are pleased to get into the position to attack and have a chance to win the prize”. He added “there is still a lot to be done, there are big games to be played for all the teams up there”.

  • Third highest scorers in league, behind Bromley (53) and Fylde (56)
  • Failed to score in ten league games (six away)
  • Have scored in their last nine games – scoring two or more in seven of them
  • Last failed to score 2-0 vs Solihull, 18/12/17
  • Scored in last 12 national league games 

Mellon has faced Edinburgh three times in the last three years in league fixtures and is aware of what to expect in tomorrow’s trip to London. Mellon, “he is a good manager, one I know very well, he will get them going I have no doubt about that. He has a way of playing and knows these levels very well, it will be a tough game”. Mellon thinks that despite Orient’s league position they will find form, “they are a good, massive club and at some stage they will hit a winning streak”.

  • Only Macclesfield (982) have led for more minutes than Tranmere (962) in the National League
  • Record against bottom half – P17  W10  D5  L2  F29  A10 (both losses away)
  • Unbeaten against bottom ten – W9  D5 (away W2  D4)

Team News

Leyton Orient welcome back Alex Lawless from suspension and Dan Holman after he was cup tied in the FA Trophy last weekend. New signing Sam Ling is available after joining from Dagenham & Redbridge in midweek. James Dayton is out for the season while Charlie Lee continues his rehabilitation.

Embleton on squad “the squad looks very strong, the starting 11 is going to be very strong along with the bench, one or two players will miss out”

Tranmere’s Adam Buxton is a major doubt for tomorrow’s clash after missing this week’s training due to a calf injury. James Wallace will miss the trip after picking up a groin injury in midweek. Midfielder Ben Tollitt scored in midweek in a behind closed door friendly and will be included within the squad.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 15, Draw  7, Tranmere Rovers 17 

Last meeting – 04/10/17 – Tranmere 2-1 Leyton Orient

 

Orient vs TRanmere h2h

Last 11 meetings between sides

  • There has been at least three goals in four of the last five meetings
  • Orient have won the last two meetings at Brisbane Road and three of the last four
  • Tranmere last won at Brisbane back in 2011 – 1-0 win

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-2 Tranmere Rovers

 

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“We’ll Be Ready for Battle”

Leyton Orient midfielder Ebou Adams highlighted his relief of finally getting some minutes under is belt. The Norwich loanee started only his second game since October on Tuesday and is relishing the chance of playing ahead of Orient’s FA Trophy clash with Dover. Speaking to leytonorient.com it was unbelievable, I’ve not played much for six months and to come in and play how I did. I couldn’t be prouder. It’s all about getting game time now”.

  • Sit 17th in National League, five points above relegation zone
  • Form in last six – W2 D2  L2  F6   A6
  • Beat Bognor Regis 2-1 AET in Round Two

The O’s grabbed their first league win of 2018 on Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory in their rearranged clash with Halifax. Macauley Bonne grabbed his 17th of the season before Josh Koroma sealed all three points after Tom Denton levelled for Halifax.

Justin Edinburgh’s side sat just two points above the relegation zone before the game and the former Newport boss knew the significance of the victory. Speaking to leytonorient.comI thought it was a very good performance, I thought we had to dig in at times and rightly so, there was a lot riding on the game but I thought we managed it well and I thought we were worthy winners on the night”.

  • Kept nine clean sheets this season
  • No clean sheet in last three 
  • Kept two in last five and four in last eight games
  • Kept two in six away games under Edinburgh
  • Only one clean sheet in last 11  away cup games

With the increased gap between themselves at the bottom four, Adams knows that his side can build on their victory and take into the Dover game on Saturday, “it pushes us up the table and gives us a bit of confidence for the weekend”. With a potential trip to Wembley in the offing, the 22 year old is aware of the prize “the reward is winning and playing at Wembley, who doesn’t want to do that. No-one wants to shy away from Wembley, it’s a dream for everybody. We’ll be ready for Battle.

  • Away Record this season – P19  W6  D5  L8  F21  A29
  • Unbeaten in last five away – W4  D1
  • Last loss – 02/12/17 – 1-0 vs Solihull Moors
  • Scored two in four of their last five away games
  • Both FA Trophy wins have been away from home

Since Edinburgh’s arrival in E10, the 48 year old has maintained his stance on taking the competition seriously. After a horrendous run of form earlier in the season, assistant manager Ross Embleton is aware that the trophy could put a smile on everybody’s faces. Speaking to leytonorient.comthe competition is a big one for us, everyone has been disappointed where we have found ourselves in the league, in this competition we have given ourselves an opportunity of something to look forward to”.

  • Failed to score in 11 games this season
  • Scored in last three games
  • Scored in five of last six away games
  • Scored in their last three away cup games
  • Last failed to score – 14/10/17 – Dagenham 0-0 Orient , FA Cup

The O’s drew with Dover back in November with Embleton in temporary charge for the game, “We know Dover have had a good season, I felt when we played them at home, we had a real go and were probably unfortunate not to get three points” The former Swindon man highlights that Orient could trouble the Kent club again “We know where we can hurt them and are aware of their strengths and what their about, we’ll respect that. We will take elements from Tuesday night’s performance to try and get the result”.

  • Conceded 12/50 goals this season between 31-45 minutes
  • Including a goal vs Halifax and Aldershot in that period
  • Four of nine conceded under Edinburgh in first half

After a strong January window with several additions, Adams knows that he can stake his claim for a shirt with Alex Lawless suspended for tomorrow’s trip to Dover , “you need strong competition in the team, it makes it for a healthy team. Everyone wants to keep the shirt and wants to do well. It helps the team and hopefully means better performances”

  • 11 of 16 goals scored under Edinburgh been in second half
  • 15 last 21 scored have been in second period
  • Orient have only scored one of their six cup goals in the first half

Chris Kinnear’s Dover side will be looking for their fourth consecutive victory when Orient visit tomorrow. The Whites grabbed an 88th minute Mitch Pinnock winner to see off Guiseley last time out. Mitch Brundle put them ahead early on but Dayle Southwell levelled before Pinnock’s winner.

  • Sit 6th in National League – Five points off top
  • Only Wrexham have a better defensive record in league
  • Scored nine in last three games
  • Form in last six – W3  D2  L1  F12  A10

After four draws and one loss over Christmas, Dover appear to have caught the winning bug once more picking up three wins on the spin for the first time this season. Assistant manager Jake Leberl stated to kentonline.com it looks like we’ve got ourselves back, the lads confidence is coming back”.

  • Home record this season – P19  W9  D6  L4  F31  A16
  • Won last two at home
  • Five of last seven at home scored two or more
  • One loss in last seven – W4  D2  L1
  • Last loss – 06/01/18 – 2-1 vs Aldershot
  • Only lost two of last 14 home games – W8  D4  L2

For the third game in succession, Dover grabbed a late goal which helped picked up the win. First team coach Mark Newson was pleased with his sides battling qualities. Speaking to doverathletic.com we did leave it late, the conditions really changed for both teams near the end. We dug in and showed great resilience and nicked at the end, I think we did deserve the result”.

  • Kept 14 clean sheets this season
  • No clean sheet in last five
  • One clean sheet in last seven games – 0-0 vs Halifax, 30/12/17
  • One in last five at home, four in last seven at home

Back to back wins in the league has helped push Dover back into the mix at the top of the table, leaving them just five points from top spot. Newson feels that now back amongst it in the league, the cup needs to help rather than be a hindrance, “to keep that momentum going is important, it takes us into cup next week. We forget about the league, we have that nice distraction of the trophy with a home game with Orient”.

  • Failed to score in nine games this season
  • Scored in last five and six of their last seven
  • Last failed to score – 0-0 vs Halifax
  • Scored in six of last seven at home

Tomorrow’s clash with Orient is their third consecutive home FA Trophy game and they will be looking to use their home advantage. With Dover the second highest ranked team left they would have liked an easy tie than Orient but Leberl knows that “it is going to be tough but if we want to win this, which we obviously do, we have to beat teams like Orient on our way”.

  • Dover have only lost two of their last 11 Home FA trophy ties

 

DOver gd home form

Dover’s last 11 home ties in FA Trophy

  • Dover have scored in their last 19 home FA Trophy ties – last failed to score 3-0 loss to Forest Green, 2003

 

With a trip to Wembley and a day to saviour if you reach the final, Mitch Brundle knows that there is plenty of football to be played before they can even think about it. Speaking to kentonline.co.uk ahead of the Orient game, “we played them before and they have given us a tough game. Everyone in the world would love to play at Wembley, but there is still a lot of games before we get there”.

  • Dover have scored in their last 22 FA Trophy ties – last failing to score 26/11/2011 – 1-0 vs Boreham Wood
  • Scored in 29 of their last 30 FA Trophy ties

 

Dover Fa trophy runs

Dover’s last 8 seasons in FA Trophy

 

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without the suspended Alex Lawless and the cup tied Dan Holman. James Dayton is expected to be out for the season as it was revealed on Friday he needs surgery on his hamstring. Myles Judd is struggling with a groin injury but Joe Widdowson is available after serving his two match suspension. Josh Koroma and Ebou Adams are expected to keep their places after good performances on Tuesday. Deadline Day signing James Brophy is set to be in the squad after joining on a two and half year deal.

James Alabi is available for selection after his proposed move to Ebbsfleet fell through while Mitch Brundle and Mitch Pinnock will be hoping to build on their goals last week. Defender Connor Essam is set to face his former side at the Crabble.

Last time Out – 18/11/2017 – Leyton Orient 1-1 Dover Athletic

Prediction – Dover Athletic 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“The Cobwebs Are Out Now”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh insists his side are back in the swing of things ahead of their trip to FC Halifax tomorrow evening. The O’s played their first game for two weeks against Aldershot on Saturday and with two games this week, Edinburgh stated to East London AdvertiserThe cobwebs are out now so I look forward to consecutive games and getting some important results”.

  • League Record – P30  W8  D8  L14  F37  A45
  • Form in last six – W1  D3  L2
  • Taken two points from last 12 available in League
  • Seven of their eight league wins have been by two or more goals

The O’s are without a league win since Boxing Day and that run increased after a 3-2 defeat on Saturday. MacAuley Bonne put them ahead after 18 seconds but the Shots scored goals either side of the break to go 2-1 ahead. Defender George Elokobi drew the O’s level before the hour mark but Adam McDonnell struck 14 minutes from time to leave Orient just above the relegation zone.

  • Away League record – P14  W3  D4  L7  F14  A24
  • Only Woking (12), Torquay (10) and Guiseley (9) have taken less points away than Orient
  • Unbeaten in last four – W2  D2
  • Only won one of last ten away league matches – W1  D4  L5
  • Win 2-0 at Maidstone, 23/12/17

After a dream start, Orient were once again made to rue missing their first half chances, an issue that Edinburgh knows he needs to address. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe are hugely disappointed, on chances created there should be one winner. We created chances to win games at crucial times. We probably should have been going in 2-0 or 3-0 at half time but we go in at 1-1, it was difficult to take”.

  • Failed to score in ten league games
  • First league game in four they scored
  • Failed to score in three of their last five games
  • Scored in three of their last four away games

With Orient conceding three goals on Saturday, it doubled the amount they had conceded in the league since Edinburgh’s arrival in late November. The Orient head coach was disappointed with the manner of the goals conceded, “we were gutted with the second one, we haven’t reacted well enough to initial shot. I felt we were a little bit hesitant in our play today”.

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

Defender George Elokobi made his first league start since September and capped it with a goal on Saturday but was quick to put the defeat to the back of his mind. Speaking to leytonorient.com The focus now turns to Tuesday game and to take our frustration out and try and get a result for ourselves and the fans”.

  • Conceded 28/45 league goals in first half – 15/24 away league goals conceded
  • Only Chester (29) have conceded more
  • Conceded 11/28 between 31-45 minutes
  • Conceded 10/28 between 1-15 minutes
  • Only three of the eight conceded under Edinburgh have been in first half

Sitting just above the relegation zone and with a busy month ahead, Edinburgh is expecting his side to perform better and the points return to increase. Speaking to East London Advertiser we are now back in the groove so I certainly know and expect to see our performances start to increase and pick up as we along”.  

  • Scored 23/37 league goals in second half 
  • Ten of 13 under Edinburgh in second half
  • 14 of last 18 scored have been in second half 
  • Scored 11 in the final 15 minutes of games

FC Halifax head into tomorrow’s clash with Orient looking for their first league win since 23rd December.  Three goals in ten second half minutes from Louis Dennis and Josh Rees (2) saw Bromley send Halifax to their fourth defeat in their last seven. Billy Heath’s men sit precariously close to the relegation zone and will be hoping to gain an important win on Tuesday. 

  • Sit 18th on 34 points – just four above the relegation zone
  • League Record – P30  W8  D10  L12  F31  A41
  • One win in their last seven – 1-0 vs Macclesfield, FA Trophy
  • Form in last six – W1  D2  L3  F3  A11

After keeping the league’s top scorers at bay in the first half, a crazy spell at the start of the second half saw their chances diminish. It was the second game in a row, Billy Heath’s men have conceded three goals in the second half and it is something he knows they need to address. Speaking to fchalifaxtown.comwe did okay in first half but in the second half we were poor. We have to act better as a side, we lose concentration when things go against us and cannot do that at this level”.

  • Conceded 26/41 league goals in the second half – 15/19 at home
  • Conceded 11 between minutes 46-60 minutes – including all three on Saturday
  • Five of the last seven conceded in league have been between 46-60 minutes
  • Nine of the last 11 goals conceded have been in the second half

The Shaymen started the season well after their promotion from the National League North last season. However with just two league wins since 23rd September, Heath is looking for his players to stand up to the challenge. Speaking to fchalifaxtown.comwhat we must do is step up to the plate. I have said to the lads that it’s roll up your sleeves up time now, by that I mean get a result on Tuesday”.

  • League Record since 23rd September – W2  D7  L9  F16  A33
  • Eight of their 12 losses have been by two or more goals
  • Have only lost one of the eight games played against the current bottom six – W4  D3  L1
  • Defeat 0-1 home to Barrow, 02/12/17

Striker Shaun Tuton returned to the Shay on loan after almost two years away after his move to Barnsley and was glad to back. The 26 year old was thrust straight into the starting 11 but his second debut ended in defeat. Speaking to fchalifaxtown.comthey were just a bit sharper than us and they wanted it a little bit more”. Tuton hasn’t scored since his move to Barnsley but knows Tuesday’s game with Orient can’t come quick enough “we had a poor performance, move on to Tuesday and we will have to make it right”.

  • Home League Record – P14  W5  D4  L5  F19  A19
  • Won two of their last four at home
  • Last win 09/01/18, 1-0 vs Macclesfield, FA Trophy
  • Only won one of their last eight home league games (W1  D4  L3) – 4-0 vs Chester, 23/12/17
  • Not lost back to back home games since August

Defender Michael Duckworth returned to make his first start since December and is nearing a return to full fitness. The former Fleetwood defender joined in the summer but injuries have hampered him this season but he is glad to be back. Speaking to fchalifaxtown.comI’m fit and I feel fine obviously I need that match sharpness but it’ll will take me two or three games. But it’s been too long and it was nice to back out there”.

  • Kept 12 League clean sheets (four at home)
  • Only Macclesfield (13) and Wrexham (16) have kept more in National League
  • Kept two in their last four games and five in their last nine
  • Kept just one in their last seven home league games – 4-0 vs Chester, 23/12/17
  • In eight of the last nine matches they have conceded, they have conceded at least two goals

The 25 year old is fully aware of the predicament his side are in and how important the game with Orient could be on the outcome of their season “it’s massive to be fair, probably our biggest game of the season, they are in and around us so three points could be massive for us”. He added “hopefully it can kick start our season because the last two games have not been good enough”.

  • Failed to score in 13 league games (five at home)
  • Only Torquay (14) have failed in more
  • Scored in two of their last four games
  • Scored in just one of their last four league matches – 1-4 Macclesfield, 01/01/18
  • Scored just four goals in their last seven games

Team News

Leyton Orient will have to assess James Dayton who limped off on Saturday while Myles Judd is struggling with a groin injury. Joe Widdowson will serve the last match of his suspension while Jamie Sendles-White is also struggling with injury. Dan Holman is set to continue alongside Macauley Bonne in attack after making his first start for the club on Saturday.

Michael Collins returned from illness in Saturday’s loss at Bromley and is set to continue in midfield. Recent loan signing Shaun Tuton made his first start this season and is set to lead the line on Tuesday night. However Jake Hibbs is a doubt after being replaced through illness on Saturday.

Heath to fchalifaxtown.com it is important that we keep the squad fit and important we don’t get any more suspensions or injuries. Hopefully today wasn’t too bad and we will have the full 18 to pick from”

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

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

  • Orient have only lost one of the last 11 meetings between sides
  • Orient are unbeaten in their last five trips to Halifax – W2  D3
  • Orient have scored in four of the last five away games

 

Orient vs halifax head to head

Last 12 meetings between the sides

 

Prediction – Halifax 1-2 Leyton Orient

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“There is no Guarantee to Pick up where you Left off”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is hoping his sides two week break without a fixture will not affect them tomorrow. Orient’s game at FC Halifax last week was postponed due to a frozen pitch leaving the O’s without a competitive fixture since 13th January.

  • Sit 19th on 32 points – five above the relegation zone
  • League Record – P29  W8  D8  L13  F35  A42
  • One defeat in their last eight
  • Form in last six – W2  D3  L1

Since Edinburgh’s arrival in E10, the O’s have lost just two of nine fixtures under the former Gillingham man. Speaking to leytonorient.com it’s been too long, when we had that lull there is no guarantee to pick up where you left off. We’ve tried to make training as intense as we can, making sure we are fully prepared to try and pick up our stride against Aldershot”.

 

Table since Edinburgh

National League Table Since Edinburgh’s arrival

 

Edinburgh has seen a drastic improvement since his arrival and is setting his sights on moving into mid table. Speaking to BBC LondonThe gap is not where we want it to be but we feel we are in a better position. Our ambitions between now and the end of February, start of March is to get ourselves around top 12, if we can do that, we can assess again”.  

 

Jan, Feb , March fixtures

Orient’s fixtures till Start of March

 

Goalkeeper Dean Brill has been Orient’s number one since Edinburgh’s arrival with the O’s having the best defensive record in the League since the start of December. Speaking to leytonorient.com Brill stated “it’s down to hard work, pure hard work, we went through a rough spell before Gaffer came in. He changed a bit of mentality at the training ground and it’s coming out in the games we are playing”.

  • Conceded just three goals in seven league games
  • Kept seven league clean sheets (three at home)
  • Kept two in last three games and four in their last six
  • Kept two in last three home games

Orient played a friendly against Haringey Borough in midweek which helped some of the fringe players gain some minutes with Edinburgh stating it was a worth while exercise. “It was really useful, a lot of positives and it went to plan. We thank Haringey for the opportunity to get minutes into players”.

  • Home League Record – P15  W5  D4  L6  F21  A18
  • Only lost one of their last six – W2  D3  L1
  • Defeat vs Bromley, 1-0, 30/12/17
  • Failed to score in last two games
  • Only conceded two in four games under Edinburgh

 

Arriving position at BR

Orient’s five home games under Edinburgh 

 

The O’s have not scored in the league since Boxing Day and Edinburgh knows it will be tough tomorrow against a high flying Aldershot. Speaking to leytonorient.comevery game we have here at home is someone from the top five or six. They are good games to play in, another test to see where we are at and one we look forward to. It is about us going to implement ourselves at home with crowd”.

  • Failed to score in ten league games
  • Only scored in one of their last four games
  • Scored 22/35 league goals in second half – 11 in final 15 minutes
  • Nine of 11 under Edinburgh have been in second half
  • 13/16 goals scored have been in second half

Gary Waddock’s Aldershot side arrive in Leyton looking to extend their six match unbeaten run. The Shots sit second, just three points off top spot and will be hoping to add to their points tally at Brisbane Road tomorrow. Waddock’s side failed to take advantage of Macclesfield defeat at AFC Fylde last weekend as they could only draw 0-0 at home to Ebbsfleet.

  • 2nd on 52 points
  • League Record – P30  W14  D10  L6  F46  A30
  • Only lost two in their last 13 games – W7  D4  L2

Aldershot’s exit in the FA Trophy in December meant that last weekend’s fixture with Ebbsfleet was their first in two weeks. Speaking to theshots.co.uk Waddock felt the inflicted break didn’t help his side “I don’t think we did enough to win the game, If I am honest with our weekend off last week, it has stopped a little bit of our momentum if you like. It showed today we didn’t have a game last week”.

  • Only one of their 14 wins has been by more than two goals – 6-0 vs Guiseley, 12/08/17
  • 43/52 points have been picked up when scoring first
  • Only Wrexham and Dover have conceded less away from home than Aldershot

On loan goalkeeper Lewis Ward took some positives from the draw, speaking to theshots.co.ukwe can’t win every game, it was important we didn’t lose today, we closed the gap slightly. We have still got to play them (Macclesfield). It’s important we stay focused and positive. We couldn’t score but the clean sheet helps and we are still unbeaten”.

  • Kept 11 league clean sheets 
  • Seven away – only Halifax (8) have kept more
  • 0-0 with Ebbsfleet was first clean sheet in eight games
  • No clean sheet in last four away games but kept three in a row before them
  • Last clean sheet away – 02/12/17 0-0 vs Torquay

Assistant manager James Rowe felt the Shots were too patchy last weekend and is hoping they can put it a more consistent performance against Orient. The draw with Ebbsfleet was their first game in six they failed to find the net in and Rowe thinks he knows what was lacking. Speaking to theshots.co.ukwe didn’t have that final product or pass or shot or cross, it let us down. That was the most disappointing thing for the fans is that we got into positive positions to hurt them but we didn’t quite do that”.

  • Failed to score in six league games (three away)
  • Scored in last three away games and five of last seven away
  • Last failed to score away – 4-0 loss East Thurrock, FA Trophy, 16/12/17
  • Fourth highest league scorers behind – Fylde 51, Bromley 50, Dagenham 47

The Shots finished in 5th spot last season but lost in the play offs but Rowe is keen for his side to finish higher this season, “you have to realise where we have come from in the last 18 months, we were challenging at the top last year and we are there again, anything can happen”.

  • Taken 16/27 away points against bottom half sides – W4 D4 L1
  • Defeat 3-1 at Barrow, 28/10/17

Aldershot blew a two goal lead at home to Orient back in September but with the O’s under new management Rowe is expecting a good game tomorrow afternoon,”they have picked up a little bit and had a couple of draws recently. It’s never an easy place to go, they are an ex league club with a big reputation so it should be a cracking game”.

  • 12/46 league goals scored have been in the final 15 minutes of games
  • 7/20 away goals after 76th minute
  • They have gained eight points in that period

With the third best away record in the League, the Shots have sold over 700 away tickets for the clash at Brisbane Road with Rowe stating, “the away support has been outstanding this year, where ever we have been it’s been impressive”. He added “we travel strong , the sessions have been great with a real buzz. We go in positive, just three points off the top”.

  • Only Macclesfield (29) and Sutton (27) taken more points away than Aldershot (26)
  • Away League Record  – P15  W7  D5  L3
  • Unbeaten in last three – W2  D1
  • Only lost one in last seven away games – W4  D2  L1 (defeat 4-0 East Thurrock, FA Trophy, 16/12/17)
  • Only lost one of last eight away league games – W4  D3  L1 (3-1 loss at Barrow, 28/10/17)

Team News

Alex Lawless, James Dayton and Josh Coulson are all set to be involved after missing the FA Trophy win over Bognor Regis. Defender Joe Widdowson begins his two match suspension following his second red card of the season. Dan Holman will be pushing for a start after being ineligible at Bognor while Lamar Reynolds and Ebou Adams will be hoping to keep their places in the starting 11.

Aldershot could include new signings Josh McQuoid who joined on loan from Luton till the end of the season and Adam McDonnell who re-joined on a 18 month contract. Skipper Callum Reynolds who is out while James Blanchfield returned to Ipswich following an injury.

Prediction – Leyton Orient Aldershot

 

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“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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