“I’m Expecting a Good Game of Football”

Exeter City manager Matt Taylor is relishing life at the top of League Two but insist his side won’t be sitting on their laurels. The Grecians host Leyton Orient looking for a fifth consecutive win for the first time since January 2017. Taylor stated to exetercityfc.co.uk I’m expecting a good game of football. We’re in good form, up against a team who have got to come to our place and give it everything they have got”.

  • Sit 1st on 17 points
  • League Record – P7  W5  D2  L0  F10  A4
  • One of two unbeaten teams in League Two
  • Only lost one of their last nine games – W6  D2  L1

Exeter made it five wins from seven league games last weekend with a 3-1 victory at Carlisle. Lee Martin set them on their way before Olufela Olomola equalised but second half goals from Aaron Martin and Nicky Law sent them home happy. Taylor was left happy with the win but knows their was some room for improvement. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk it was a good performance, I wouldn’t say great performance. We would have killed Carlisle off a lot earlier than we did”.

Exeter Last 6

Exeter’s Last Six Results

Exeter Next 6

Exeter’s Next Six Games

Following an unbeaten August, Taylor was named League Two manager of month on Friday after collecting 14 points from a possible 16. Despite an unbeaten start, Taylor was quick to look forward and continue their form in September. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk you want to keep on playing well, you want to keep picking up points. We had a private meeting this morning where the emphasis was on the opportunities to come in the next few weeks and we’ve got to make the most of them”.

Points after 7 games

Points after first seven games and finishing league position

Midfielder Nicky Law returned to the side at Carlisle last week after recovering from injury, netting on his return. The 31 year old joined the Grecians back in 2018 and praised the togetherness in the team. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk we’re in a good place as a team, everyone is playing well. The ethic we have this year, no stars, team ethic from front to back. The back boys have had a lot of credit and rightfully so. We’re delighted with the start, unbeaten”.

  • Home Record this season – W3  D1
  • Only lost one of their last seven home games – W5  D1 L1
  • No won three home games on the spin since October 2018

The Grecians netted three at Carlisle but Taylor thought his side should have scored more. Exeter have only netted four goals in four home games so far this season but the 37 year old feels his side need to be more ruthless in front of goal. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk if you’re going to be close to the top or compete at the top of the league, you need to be top at the top of all the charts. We have got to take our chances. When we do create and we’ve got to make the most of them. Football’s a simple game, score when you get the chance and stop the opposition as much as you possibly can”.

  • Scored in eight of last nine games
  • Scored in last four games (netting eight)
  • Scored in last nine home games (only two or more goals in two of them)

Midfielder Jack Sparkes has started the last four games for the Grecian in the right wing back berth. The 18 year old is enjoying life at St James Park and highlights they just need to concentrate on themselves ahead of the visit of Orient. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk if we focus on ourselves we should do the business. We’re trying to build momentum throughout the season, the more wins we get more confident we will be when stopping on the pitch”.

  • Kept five clean sheets this season
  • Kept two in their last three games
  • Only Newport (2) have conceded fewer goals than Exeter

Despite nine points separating Exeter and Orient, Taylor is fully aware his side need to be on top for to get a result against the O’s. The former Exeter defender has never beaten the O’s as a player but will be hoping that record can change as a manager on Saturday. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk on Orientnewly promoted, we’ve not played them for a couple of seasons. A team that has been through a lot on the back of success. The character they’ve got is clear for everyone to see and a spirit about them which is second to none. We’ve got to match them in all areas and hopefully a bit of quality will show through on the day”.

  • Unbeaten in last 10 league games – W6  D4
  • Scored 60% (6/10) league goals in last 30 minutes of matches
  • Netted four goals after the 75th minute
  • Two of the three home goals have been after the 60th minute

Team News

Nigel Atangana and Lee Holmes are both still unavailable due to injury while forward Nicky Ajose is a major doubt after a knee injury picked up in training. Matt Jay is pushing for a start after impressing off the bench at Carlisle.

Taylor on his squad (exetercityfc.co.uk)three or four are struggling at the moment. Three games in a week, we will need everyone in terms of the squad”.

Head to Head – Exeter 32, Draw 24, Leyton Orient 33

Last Meeting – 02/01/2017 – Exeter City 4-0 Leyton Orient

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Exeter have won the last five meetings – Scoring 15, conceding just two
  • Exeter have scored 13 in the last four games at home against Orient
  • Exeter have only lost one of the last seven games – W1  L6
  • Orient haven’t won at St James Park since 2001, D2  L5
  • There has been three or more goals in seven of the last eight meetings

Last Time Out – 07/09/2019 – Carlisle 1-3 Exeter City

Exeter at Carisle

Starting 11 vs Carlisle

Prediction – Exeter 3-1 Leyton Orient


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“It Will be a Great Test and One of Our Toughest at Home”

Leyton Orient Interim Head Coach Ross Embleton is relishing the visit of former club Swindon Town to the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday. Embleton left the Robins back in 2017 and is expected a tough test when he faces them for the first time. Speaking to leytonorient.com they are a good team, have got good players, in a well backed squad. I expect them to be a real competitor this year pushing towards promotion. It will be a great test and one of our toughest at home”.

  • Sit 15th on eight points
  • League Record – P6  W2  D2  L2  F7  A9
  • Only lost one of their last five games – W2  D2  L1
  • Not won back to back games since April

The O’s head into the Swindon clash on the back of a 2-0 home win over Southend in the Leasing.com trophy. Dan Happe and Dale Gorman grabbed their first goals of the campaign to give Orient their first win in three games. Embleton was pleased with his sides performance stating to leytonorient.com the message before the game was a case of go out to win, it was a night for opportunities. Last year tells you if you approach things right you never know where it will take you”.

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Orient’s Last Six Results

Goalkeeper Sam Sargeant made his first competitive start since November 2017 on Tuesday night and kept his second clean sheet of the season. The 21 year old came on in the opening day win against Cheltenham and credited the whole team performance in their win over Southend. Speaking to leytonorient.com credit to the team as a whole, we did well to ride storms at certain points in the game when they started chucking people forward. It was positive from the team, a win and clean sheet”.

  • Conceded nine league goals – fourth most in league
  • One clean sheet in last four games
  • Without clean sheet in last three league games

Embleton rotated his squad on Tuesday allowing several of is squad players to have their first starts of the season. The O’s should have won by more than two on the night and the 37 year old was pleased with the competition for places in the squad. Speaking to leytonorient.com a number of times we should have added to the score line. Tonight was about giving an opportunity to people to make their mark on the game, impose themselves and give me a problem. A number done that today”

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Orient’s Next Six Fixtures

Orient’s interim head coach spent just under two seasons and the County Ground ending with relegation to League Two. Embleton revealed he learnt a lot from his time with the Robins stating to leytonorient.com it was a very difficult time and period. It was my first real experience of first team football which didn’t end too well. There will properly be a bit of an edge towards the game in terms of how I left. I look back on the fact I learnt a huge amount about myself and first team football”.

  • Joined Swindon November 2015 as first team coach
  • 2015/2016 – finished 15th in League One
  • 2016/2017 – finished 22nd in League One – relegated to League Two

With the added incentive of Kids for a Quid, Swindon are set to backed by a sold out away following of 1300 in East London. Embleton acknowledged the Robins away following but feels it will only make the home fans louder. “I know how loud Swindon can be at home and away but I know what that can do to our stadium. Our place has been rocking in recent times and I fully expect the home support to be on their feet”.

  • Orient have only lost one of their last 11 home games – W7  D3  L1
  • Not lost back to back home league games since October 2017
  • Kept three clean sheets in last four home games
  • Four clean sheets in last five home league games

The O’s battled back to earn a point at Salford last weekend after conceding in the first half. Despite having the qualities to get back into recent games, the 37 year old feels at the moment his side are giving themselves a mountain to climb. Speaking to leytonorient.com we have shown real steel and desire to get back in to games in the last two away games. Collectively the message has been to not give ourselves obstacles to get over. Get ahead and manage games better than we have”.

  • Conceded six in the last three league games
  • Conceded five of their nine league goals in the first 30 minutes of games

Team News

Josh Coulson, Josh Wright and James Brophy are set to start on Saturday after overcoming knocks. Joe Widdowson could return after recovering from a rib injury. Dean Brill is set to return in goal while Louis Dennis should return in attack. Jamie Turley, James Dayton and Jobi McAnuff are all still out.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 29, Draw 25, Swindon 27

Last Meeting – 03/05/2015 – Swindon Town 2-2 Leyton Orient

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Orient have only lost one of the last ten meetings – W5  D4  L1
  • Three of the last four wins in fixture have been by the away side
  • At least three goals in three of last four meetings
  • Orient have only lost one of the last five home meetings – W2  D2  L1
  • Orient have scored in last four games and eight of last nine meetings

Last Time Out – 03/09/2019 – Leyton Orient 2-0 Southend

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Orient Starting 11 vs Southend

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-2 Swindon Town

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“I Think It Will Be An Entertaining Game”

Swindon Town first team coach Tommy Wright is expecting a compelling game when his side visit Leyton Orient tomorrow. The Robins head to East London looking for back to back wins and Wright is expecting an open game. Speaking to Swindon Advertiser from what I have seen so far they are a very attacking team, they do go for it. I wouldn’t put my money on it being 0-0″.

  • Sit fifth on 11 points
  • League Record – P6  W3  D2  L1  F11  A7
  • Only lost one of last four games – W1  D2  L1
  • Not won back to back games since March

The Robins moved up to fifth after a 3-1 home victory over Morecambe last weekend. A brace from Eoin Doyle and a Jerry Yates strike inside the first half set them on their way. Lewis Alessandra briefly levelled for the Shrimpers but the Robins prevailed for their first win in four games.

Swindon Last 6

Swindon’s Last Six Results

Despite the victory, manager Richie Wellens was left disappointed with his sides second half performance. The former Oldham boss felt his side let Morecambe off the hook and became sloppy. Speaking to Football League Paper it doesn’t really feel like a win because I don’t think we were great. When we got it right and executed what we wanted to do, we looked good and created chances. We scored goals at good times but we were far too sloppy and it was the worst we’ve played by a long stretch”.

  • First Half last week – 60% possession, 8 shots, 4 on target
  • Second Half – 42% possession , 5 shots, 0 on target

Striker Keshi Anderson grabbed his second assist of the season on Saturday and acknowledges his side need to develop a ruthless streak. Speaking following the victory over Morecambe to Swindon Advertiser I think it’s natural instinct when you know you’re cruising to be a bit lacklustre and drop your levels a bit. It’s something that we as a team want to be able to flush out. We want to go for the full 90 minutes, just grinding down teams and putting them away”.

  • Kept just one clean sheet all season
  • Without a clean sheet  in last seven games (five league games)
  • Kept one clean sheet in last nine league games

Wellens who joined the Robins back in 2018 will be hoping his side can challenge towards the top seven this season. Key for the 39 year old is to find solutions to problems. Speaking to Football League Paper “we won’t brush things under the carpet because there were certain things there that weren’t good enough but we take the positives in the result. You can’t have it all. We’ve performed in the first five games overall. Today we were a bit off it”.

Swindon Next 6

Swindon’s Next Six Fixtures

Swindon are unbeaten in the league on their travels so far this season and the Robins will be followed by 1300 away fans at the Breyer Group Stadium tomorrow. Wright who joined the club from Carlisle in the summer is not surprised by the support and is hoping they can repay them with victory. Speaking to Swindowntownfc.co.uk I know they have got good support and I think they are enjoying it, I think they ca see we are flourishing and are trying to go forward in the right way. The tradition of Swindon has always been to play good, entertaining football and hopefully we can keep it going”.

  • Only lost one of their last eight away league games – W2  D5  L1

The Robins are the second highest scorers in the division and Wright is expecting them to continue at Orient tomorrow. The O’s who were crowned National League Champions last season sit in mid table but despite only just coming up Wright feels the O’s will be amongst it this season. Speaking to Swindon AdvertiserI am pretty sure they won’t be in danger of relegation, I think they will be one of the teams up there. They have got players who are capable of scoring goals as we do, I think it will be an entertaining game”.

  • Only failed to score in one of their six league games
  • Scored in three of their last four games – five in last two
  • Scored in eight of their last nine league games

Team News

Michael Doughty is still suspended while defender Zeki Fryers is set to miss out. New signing Anthony Grant and Steven Benda could be involved after joining on loan from Shrewsbury and Swansea respectively.

Head to Head – Swindon 27, Draw 25, Leyton Orient 29 

Last meeting  – 03/05/2015 – Swindon Town 2-2 Leyton Orient

  • Swindon have only won one of the last ten meetings – W1  D4  L5
  • Three of the last four wins between sides have been by the away side
  • There has been at least three goals in three of last four meetings
  • There has been two 0-0 draws in the last ten meetings

Last Time Out – 31/08/2019 – Swindon Town 3-1 Morecambe

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Starting 11 vs Morecambe

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-2 Swindon Town

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“We Need to Get Some Consistency to Get the Results We Want”

Salford City manager Graham Alexander has called on improvement in his sides play ahead of their meeting against Leyton Orient. The Ammies have drawn the last three games and Alexander wants his side to maintain their standard throughout the 90 minutes. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk first of all we need to see an improvement in aspects of our play. We’ve had good spells in all of our games on and off the ball and bad spells in all of our games. We need to get some consistency to get the results we want”.

  • 15th in League Two

City head into the clash with the O’s on the back of a 2-2 draw away at Carlisle last Saturday. Olufela Olmola put Carlisle ahead before the Amnies fired back through Emmanuel Dieseruvwe and Danny Whitehead. However a Stefan Scougall goal just before the break saw the game end in a draw. Alexander stated to salfordcityfc.co.uk it was a difficult game for us over the 95 minutes, see tiredness from the week we had. They worked exceptionally hard against Plymouth. We know what their bodies have been put through. They stood up and were counted”

Salford last 6

Salford’s Last Six Results

The Ammies fell behind early on at Brunton Park but Alexander praised his sides fightback in the game which saw them score two goals in five minutes to go ahead. However the 47 year old bemoaned his sides game management heading into half time, speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk we scored two goals again away from home which is excellent. But the frustration and disappointment is conceding just before half time. It’s not the first time we have conceded just before. We have seen how important it is this week. We could have had maximum points had it been for game management”.

  • Conceded between minutes 40-45 in three of their last four matches

Salford followed Orient up through the play offs last season and Alexander is expecting another intriguing contest between the sides. The former Burnley defender revealed he thought about former Orient boss Justin Edinburgh on the opening day of the season and understands they may be some emotion on Saturday. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk there was a great rivalry between the clubs last season and we pushed each other extremely hard to get promotion. In the end what happened to Justin after promotion was tragic. It will certainly be a part of on Saturday”.

  • Only lost two of their last 10 home games – W5  D3  L2
  • Only lost one of their last eight home league games – W5  D2  L1
  • Scored in four of their five league matches so far – scored at least two in three of them

Despite being one of the pre season favourites for the title in their first season in League Two; Salford have only won one of their opening five league games this season. Alexander is not concerned about the lack of wins and acknowledges it may take some time to adjust to life at this level. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk we have to adapt to a higher level. We still have to improve on performances. We saw last year, it took us a few games to get up to speed with what was required. We are getting there now and seen different challenges in each game”.

  • This Season after five league games – W1  D3  L1
  • Last Season after five league games – W2  D1  L2
  • 2018/2019 – Salford lost two of their first three matches
  • Then went 18 games undefeated – W12  D6

The O’s may have a slight advantage over all of the other League Two sides as they have faced Salford before. The Amnies beat the O’s back in January but Alexander feels that despite having the upper hand over them last year, it means nothing now. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk if you look back to the January game, the squads are roughly the same, both clubs showed confidence in their squads that were successful last season. We will have knowledge of their players and vice versa. It is about coming out on top and doing the basics well. What happened eight months ago won’t have any bearing on Saturday’s result”.

Salford Next 6

Next Six Fixtures

Team News

Captain Liam Hogan remains out through injury after an operation recently. Striker Rory Gaffney could be recalled having scored in both of last season clashes with Orient. Richie Towell sat out the draw at Carlisle and could be back involved at Moor Lane.

Alexander on his squad we have got a couple of niggles. One or two have missed training. The usual bumps and bruises, by no means have we got a skeleton squad. We have enough players to put out a good team to produce and performance to win the game”

Head to Head  Salford 1, Draw 1, Leyton Orient 0

Head to Head

The Previous Two Meetings

  • Salford took the lead in both games last season
  • Salford have scored all the goals in the meetings

Last Time Out – 24/08/2019 – Carlisle 2-2 Salford City

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Salford’s Starting 11 vs Carlisle

Prediction – Salford 1-1 Leyton Orient

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The Tactical Change at Mansfield

Well, where do we start with last night then. The three second half goals? The two strikers getting off the mark? The two penalty kicks in the first half? The space we allowed them in the first half? Or the brilliant and needed we should emphasise change of formation and tactics in the first half.

Both Orient and Mansfield set up exactly how they were expected to with the Stags making one change from their win at Carlisle with Neil Bishop missing out and Otis Khan coming in. It was a subtle change but one that was working for them in the first half and putting them on the front foot.

Mansfield Away

Orient’s Starting 11

Mansifed First half

Mansfield Starting 11









Both teams were utilising the same system but after the opening exchanges it was clear to see that Mansfield were working the system better and exploiting the open spaces that Orient were leaving. Orient’s back five was being dragged out of position by the movement of Khan, Rose and Maynard. The bombarding wing backs of Benning and Gordon were forcing Ling and Widdowson back towards their own goal.

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The space between Ling and Ekpiteta in the first half

Mansfield First HalfOrient’s back three /five were constantly being forced back to their own goal by the tactic of Dempster to play the ball down the sides of Orient’s back three and into the spaces. Another key for Mansfield was Maynard and Rose were not interested in going one on one with Coulson but more about exposing Happe and Ekpiteta into wider areas where they feel they would have more joy.

The ability to occupy the wider center backs helped with the move for the first penalty. Khan drops into a pocked of space behind Clay and in front of Coulson. Turns and feeds the ball down the sides of the three center backs. Rose gets in behind feels the contact and wins the penalty. Let’s not get into the debate of the decision but we can all agree with, another defensive mistake leading to a goal.

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Rose’s run in between Ekpiteta and Coulson for first penalty

The spaces in the backline was becoming a worry for the O’s with Ling and Widdowson struggling to deal with the wing backs. Mansfield’s tactic would be to try and get their players in behind with through balls. But if they couldn’t and their out ball would be over the top into the space and let their forward chase and press the ball to prevent Orient from getting out.

Mansfield tactics first half

Mansfield First Half Tactic

Another problem for the Orient, was when in possession, they were being pressed by Mansfield to turn possession over. However when Mansfield had the ball the wider center backs were afforded space to bring the ball forward meaning their more attacking players had license to go forward.

Ball over top to running wing back

Space Between center backs, Gordon getting in behind Widdowson down the Mansfield’s right

The less said about the second penalty the better, make your own judgement on the highlights. Disappointing once more but move on and concentrate on the rest of the game. Mansfield did strike the post with a free kick and before O’s fans are remind me. Orient a huge claim for a penalty after a challenge on Sam Ling in the penalty area but appeals were waved away.

Orient did have chances in the first half through Ekpiteta who saw a header saved but once more Angol and Wikinson were struggling due to the lack of service going forward.

Half Time

To be a fly on the wall inside the O’s dressing room at the break, a change was needed and their seemed just one option; going to a back four. But who would come on? Which centre back would be replaced? Was it back to 4-4-2?

Orient Second half

Change of System in Second Half

Louis Dennis was introduced in place of Dan Happe as the O’s went to a 4-3-3 shape. It did take some time to adjust with Wilkinson initially starting on the right hand side. But soon, Dennis swapped and Orient looked a different side going forward.

Yes, we did afford them space at the start of the second on the wings but the change of system prevented Mansfield from getting out as easily at the back. Orient looked to Angol and Wikinson to win aerial balls and have runners forward into attacking areas.

Orient were utilising their pace in attack with Angol and Dennis look lively making runs in behind Mansfield’s defence. Dennis was involved in Orient’s first in a set piece routine that nearly didn’t work. But eventually Dennis volleyed the ball back for Wilkinson who headed home his first for the club.


The tide had turned and Orient were well in the ascendancy with Coulson going close with a header. The change in tactic had given the O’s more impetus in attack and the Stags were unable to stop them coming forward. With Orient occupying Mansfield back three, their link up was now starting to click.

Remember Angol disallowed goal against Cheltenham, well a carbon copy secured the equaliser on Tuesday night. Angol dummied the ball to Wikinson who in turn played his strike partner in and he notched his first for the club.

Orient now were level and the goal epitomised the change of play in the second half. Runners in behind and off the ball created the chance. Mansfield now had to worry about the threat in behind them and used a tactic you need to use against a back three. Expose the wider center back into area they don’t like to defend.

Exposing wide center back 2nd goal

Exposing the Centre backs

The management team had turned the game on its head, the O’s were braver in attack committed men forward. The three in attack and Brophy just behind were causing all kind of problems for Mansfield but Dempster’s men continued with their same system.

After Orient drew level, Mansfield tried to push for a winner enjoying more possession and territory. But Orient remained a threat on the break with their pace going forward. The O’s made two changes late on, Dale Gorman replaced Connor Wilkinson and Jordan Maguire Drew replaced Joe Widdowson who was forced off with injury.

Last Chnages

After the Substitutions

As the clock struck added time, Orient wasted a late free kick but there would still be one last chance. A great, counter attacking saw Wright play in Angol down the left. He crossed for Dennis who shot against Maguire-Drew and into the net sending the away fans barmy in the away end. A delightful goal and finish to a great second half.

A wonderful finish to a game that had such contrasting emotions from the first half to the second half. The one joy was Orient sensed the winner and committed five in attack in search for the winner, something in the first half you would have been surprised about.

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Wright and Gorman searching for Winner

A game of two halves, I think would be a simple statement. The key was the change made by the Orient management team at half time. Bravery from the team but they had to change to a back four, the space afforded in the first half was too much.

Either one of Ekpiteta or Happe could have been replaced but the most promising signs was the attacking prowess in the second half. The impact of Louis Dennis off of the bench and the link up between Angol and Wilkinson in the second half.

That 4-3-3 system would seem to suit away from home, pace on the break, counter attacking football. Whether it would be used all the time, I don’t know. Let’s remember we started playing 3-5-2 to get the best players in the team. Their could be an argument to play three in attack but the options now in the squad there are several options to go.

A brilliant comeback and full credit must go to the management team and players . The change worked and should breed confidence going forward. Nothing beats a win on the road in midweek, although nearly lost my glasses after the winner. A small price to pay for that win though.

Onwards to Crawley on Saturday.

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“A Stepping Stone In The Right Direction”

Leyton Orient defender Sam Ling insists his side need to get points on the board ahead of the trip to Mansfield Town on Tuesday. The O’s are looking to arrest their away form after losing both away games this season and Ling is confident his side can do that at Field Mill. Speaking to leytonorient.com it’s another away one Tuesday. We know every game is going to be tough but we know what we are capable of and are confident heading into every game so hopefully we will come out with some points”.

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Orient’s Next Six Games

Orient bounced back from two consecutive defeats with a 0-0 draw with Stevenage on Saturday. Interim head coach Ross Embleton was left frustrated after his side drew a blank for the third successive game stating to leytonorient.comI 100% felt we prepared to a level today that looked like we deserved three points. There are not many other way of describing it”.

Orient last four

Orient’s Last Four Results

Following promotion from the National League last season, Ling feels that Saturday’s result is the perfect building block going forward. Speaking on his sides performance to leytonorient.com “the boys were good today, strong at the back, strong in the middle and strong in attack. But unfortunate not to come away with all three points. We got a point, a clean sheet and we can build on from now”.

After a failure to put their chances away against Stevenage and Embleton is hoping his side can use that as motivation at Field Mill. Orient have only netted once in their last seven competitive fixtures with Embleton stating to leytonorient.com they got a result today and a are a good team. They have a big budget, are a big team in this league and we know it will be tough. We need to all hold on to this frustration in some sort of way”.

  • Orient have failed to score in last three away league games
  • Last three away goals have all been from set pieces

Orient’s only goal of the season came courtesy of Josh Wright in their opening game but despite the strikers drawing a blank so far, Embleton was keen to take the positives going forward. Speaking to leytonorient.com I suppose I have to look at in the last couple of games we have not created a lot of chances and haven’t looked a huge threat in the final third. Today we did, my job is to take the good parts to move forward”

  • Orient have not lost their opening three away games of a season since 2006
    Orient away losses

The O’s have been backed well so far this season and it shouldn’t be any different in Mansfield. Embleton was quick to praise the supporters after Saturday’s draw highlighting the expectations in the season. Speaking to leytonorient.com they were fantastic today, this club has been used to winning in last year to 18 months. We have moved up a level and we are not going to win every week. I know today was frustrating for everyone but going up a level we need to make sure we are at it every day and do things at the highest level”.

  • Orient have failed to win their last three away league games and four in all competitions
  • Only won one of their last seven away games – W1  D2  L4

Team News

Orient will still be without the trio of Jobi McAnuff, James Dayton and Jamie Turley. New loan signing George Marsh could be involved after signing on loan from Tottenham Hotspur on Monday. James Brophy is set to continue behind the strikers at Field Mill.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 24, Draw 14, Mansfield 14

Last Meeting – 28/01/2017 – Mansfield Town 2-0 Leyton Orient

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The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Orient have only lost two of their last 11 meetings with Mansfield – W7  D2  L2
  • Orient have only lost one of their last five trips to Field Mill – W2  D2  L1
  • Only one of the last nine meetings has ended in a draw

Last Time Out – Leyton Orient 0-0 Stevenage, 17/08/2019

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Starting 11 vs Stevenage

Prediction – Mansfield Town 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“We’ll Go into Tuesday’s Game against Orient Bouncing”

Mansfield Town defender Hayden White insists his side must take each game as it comes as they host Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening. White was part of a Stag side that picked up their first win of the season on Saturday and highlighted they will be full of confidence on facing the O’s. Speaking to mansfieldtown.net “it’s early on and as we’ve seen from last season things can either way but we’ll go into Tuesday’s game against Leyton Orient bouncing”.

Mansfield Next 6

Mansfield’s Next Six Games

The Stags head into the clash with Orient after goals from Danny Rose and Nicky Maynard saw them depart Carlisle victorious. Manager John Dempster was thrilled with the manner of his side victory describing to mansfieldtown.netI think it was the perfect away performance. We had a game plan and I thought to a man, they were outstanding”.

Mansfield Last four

Mansfield’s Last Four Results

Dempster who took over from David Flitcroft who was sacked in the summer. The 36 year old joined the club in 2014 as academy manager and finally took the full time reigns in May. Mansfield’s win at Carlisle was his first win as permanent manager and revealed “it is massive and is something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life and I can’t say much more than that”.

  • Mansfield have drew their last three games at home
  • Failed to win last four competitive home games
  • Two wins in last six

After failing in the playoffs last year and only a few new arrivals the Stags were once again one of the pre season favourites for League Two. White revealed the win was massive for the whole group and could be a key moment moving forward. Speaking to mansfieldtown.net the manner of the goals, the clean sheet as a defender and the togetherness of the group means it is a big result for us. We’ve drawn the last three but the boys really needed that and it will be a big boost for us”.

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Summer Arrivals

Dempster who took temporary charge back in 2018 was proud of his players and their performance but more importantly a clean sheet. Before Saturday, The Stags had been involved in three consecutive 2-2 draws and Dempster stated “the players in the squad gave everything and gave each other everything and got what they deserved. I’m absolutely delighted with the clean sheet. I said to the players before that this squad of players have goals in them but they also have clean sheets in them. Today was a perfect away performance”

  • Three clean sheets in last six competitive home games

Dempster will be hoping his strike force of Nicky Maynard and Danny Rose can continue their red hot form. The pair have scored five of their six league goals so far this season will be hoping for more on Tuesday night. Dempster commented on the pair and their goals to mansfieldtown.netthat Rose goal was top drawer, the finish of a striker, he’s playing with confidence and freedom. The sniffer dog Nick Maynard is in and around the penalty area and it’s a very clever finish. To hit it like he did was trademark Maynard”.

  • Scored in 12 of their last 13 competitive home games
  • Scored two or more in six of those games

Despite just coming up from the conference, Dempster is fully aware of the threat that Orient could pose them on Tuesday. Speaking to mansfieldtown.net they are a physically big side but they play possession football so they will pose us different challenge in those areas. We’ll be looking to put our game plan in place and we’ll respect them”.

  • Only lost one of their last eight games against Newly promoted sides
  • Unbeaten in last four home games against promoted sides, winning three

Team News

Mansfield will be without the duo of Dion Donhoue and Jacob Mellis after they were suspended after a breach of club discipline on Monday. Neil Bishop will have a fitness following a bruised achilles. Craig Davies and Bobby Olejnik still remain out injured. Matt Preston will serve the last game of his suspension.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 24, Draw 14, Mansfield Town 14

Last Meeting – 28/01/2017 – Mansfield Town 2-0 Leyton Orient

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The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Mansfield have only won two of the 11 meetings – W2  D2  L7
  • Mansfield have only won one of their last five home games – W1  D2  L2
  • Mansfield did the league double in 2016/2017
  • Only one of the last nine meetings has ended in a draw

Last Time Out – Carlisle 0-2 Mansfield Town, 17/08/2019

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Starting 11 vs Carlisle

Prediction – Mansfield Town 1-1 Leyton Orient

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