“The Mantra is to Win the Next One”

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

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

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

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Cheltenham’s Last Six Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

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

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The Past Seven Meetings Between Sides

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

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

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Starting 11 vs Carlisle

Prediction – Cheltenham 2-1 Leyton Orient

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“We’re Not Going to Get an Easy Game This Year”

Macclesfield Town Head Coach Mark Kennedy is relishing their trip to Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Silkmen start a crunch week against fellow relegation rivals Orient before a trip to Morecambe on Tuesday and Kennedy acknowledges they will be tough games. Speaking to SilkmenTV it will be a real good test, every game is tough, we’re not going to get an easy game this year, likewise whoever we play isn’t going to have an easy game either”

  • Sit 22nd on 28 points – six above the relegation zone
  • One win in last six games – W1  D2  L3
  • Taken nine points from last 24 available
  • League Record – P30  W7  D13  L10  F28  A33

The Silkmen head to East London after a 1-0 home defeat to Norhampton last weekend. Callum Morton’s strike just before the hour mark inflicted Macclesfield second consecutive defeat. Kennedy stated to SilkmenTVthe overriding emotions at the end was disappointment in the result but I am really pleased with the effort and commitment from the team”.

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Macclesfield Last Six Results

 

Kennedy arrived at Moss Rose back in January after Daryl McMahon left as manager, looking to keep them up. The former Wolves man was pleased to have a free week on the training pitch ahead of their end of season run in. Speaking to SilkmenTV it’s the firs time since I’ve been here we have had time on the grass and it’s been a real good week. As a new coach you want to implement your ideas on to the group. I have clear ideeas on what I want to do, the time has been valubale and it’s been a strong week”.

  • Kept six league clean sheets – (two away)
  • No clean sheet in last six
  • Kept just one in last 12 games
  • No clean sheet in last five away games and one in last 12 on the road
  • Only conceded more than once in two of their last 14 games

Saturday’s defeat was their consecutive game the Silkmen had conceded the first goal. Despite a victory against Forest Green, Kennedy’s men struggled to get back into the game against Northampton. The 43 year old stated to SilkmenTVwe reacted really well but why does it take conceding a goal to react. I can’t fault the effort or committment, drive and work ethic. We need to recognise the dark arts and what we’re up against”.

  • Joint Third Lowest Scorers in League Two
  • Failed to score in ten league games (seven away)
  • Failed in last two 
  • Scored in six of their last eight games
  • Only scored two or more in seven of their 30 league games

Macclesfield have had ongoing off field problems this season with player wages, managerial changes and a point deductions. Despite this, they still sit six points above the relegation zone and midfielder Connor Kirby highlights that everybody is fighting for the same end goal at the end of the season. Speaking to SilkmenTV “ there is a lot of togetherness in the group, been up and down all season. We keep getting pushed back for whatever reasons off the pitch but there is real togetherness and we’re all together. Everyone is committed to the game”.

  • Conceded 20/33 league goals in second half – 13/22 away
  • Five of their last six conceded have been in the first half

Macclesfield beat the O’s back in August under Sol Campbell but Kennedy highlights that it will be a different test when they visit the O’s on Saturday. Orient sit six points above them with Kennedy stating to SilkmenTV it will be a difficult game, their coming off a big performance against Stevenage. Their form has been good, they are a huge club for League two and are well supported. We are looking forward on imposing ourselves on the game and focusing on what we need to do”.

  • Away League Record – P15  W2  D5  L8  F12  A22
  • Only Stevenage (10) have taken fewer points on the road
  • No win last nine – D3  L6
  • Lost three of their last four away
  • Only won one of their last 15 – W1  D6  L8
  • Taken just three points from last 24 available

Team News

Shilow Tracey could make his debut after signing on loan from Tottenham Hostpur. Harry Hamblin is expected to retain his place in midfield while Theo Archibald could return from injury to be involved in the squad.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 6, Draw 4, Macclesfield 9

Last Meeting – 10/08/2019 – Macclesfield 3-0 Leyton Orient

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The Past Nine Meetings Between Sides

  • Macclesfield are unbeaten in last four meetings – W2  D2
  • Macclefield have only lost two of the past nine meetings – W5  D2  L2
  • Macclesfield have won four the last six meetings
  • Nine of the last ten wins in the fixture have been by the home side
  • Macclesfield have only won two of the last three trips to Brisbane Road

Last Time Out – Macclesfield Town 0-1 Northampton Town, 01/02/2020

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Starting 11 vs Northampton

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Macclesfield Town

 

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“Anybody Can Beat Anybody”

Newport County manager Michael Flynn is wary of Leyton Orient despite their lowly league position. The Exiles travel to East London looking for a fourth consecutive win and the 39 year old highlighted the unpredictable nature of League Two. Speaking to Newport-county.co.uk they’re tough to beat at their place, it is a league Two games and anybody can beat anybody. I’m not going there arrogantly or over confident”.

  • Sit 11th on 36 points
  • League Record – P25  W9  D9  L7  F25  A22
  • One defeat in the last six – W3  D2  L1
  • Unbeaten in last four league games – W2  D2

Newport moved up to 11th last weekend after a 2-0 home victory over league leaders Swindon Town. Goals from Josh Sheehan and Jamille Matt saw the Exiles to back to back league wins for the first time since October. Flynn was delighted with the win stating to southwalesargus.co.uk  it was very solid, it wasn’t pretty but I make no excuses for that. It was a very effective way of beating Swindon”.

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Newport County’s Last Six results

Striker Matt scored and assisted in the win over Swindon and highlighted the competition within the squad is keeping people on their toes. The 30 year old who is in his second season at Rodney Parade stated to southwalesargus.co.ukI’ve got two in two and I’m raring to go if selected. I never want to rest, I want to play every minute. You’ve got to put everything out there everyday in training and in every game to make sure you’ve got your spot”.

  • Away League Record – P11  W3  D3  L5  F9  A11
  • Joint lowest scorers away
  • Only Cheltenham (8) have conceded fewer away
  • One win in last five league games – W1  L4
  • Only 33% of their points come away from home

The Exiles have struggled for goals this term and are the lowest scorers in the top half. A early goal against Swindon set them on their way with Flynn praising the performance of his whole group to help get the win. Speaking to newportcounty.co.uk winning, a clean sheet, the boys carried out the instructions to a tee, no injuries, no red cards and no silly fouls given away. It was a very professional performance, that’s what pleased me most”.

  • Failed to score in six league games – five away
  • Only scored two or more in six of their 25 league games
  • Scored in last four games
  • Scored in three of their last five away games
  • Only failed in one of their last seven games

Newport saw their leasing.com game against Leicester postponed on Tuesday night and Flynn knows his side will face a testing run of fixtures in the coming weeks. The 39 year old has already added four players in January and he acknowledged he will need all of his squad. Speaking to southwalesargus.co.uk it’s going to be a big fixture pile up, Saturday, Tuesdays now until probably close to the end of season. As long as we’ve got a fully fit squad, it will give us a chance and hopefully allow us to continue our momentum”.

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Newport’s Next Six Fixtures

The Exiles have at least two games in hand on their play off rivals and will be looking to push on into the top seven. Matt is not looking too far ahead and insists it is all about the next game. Speaking after the Swindon victory to southwalesargus.co.uk it’s obviously a good thing to beat the league leaders twice but the important thing is getting those points on the board and keeping looking upwards”.

  • Kept nine league clean sheets (four away)
  • Kept two in his last three
  • First clean sheet in 13 league games vs Swindon
  • No clean sheet in last five away league games
  • One clean sheet in last eight league away games

Team News

Striker Padriag Amond could be back after missing last weekend’s win over Swindon. On loan Dale Gorman is ineligible against his parent club while Dan Leadbitter and Ade Azeez are out injured. Ash Baker is set to continue while Billy Water and Jordan Green are pushing for inclusion in the starting 11.

Head to Head – Newport 18, Draw 14, Leyton Orient 19

Last meeting – 29/12/2019 – Newport 1-1 Leyton Orient

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Newport have only won one of their last seven meetings – W1  D2  L4
  • Three of the last four wins in the fixture have been by the away side
  • Both teams have scored in just two of the last six meetings
  • Newport have only lost two of the last seven away fixtures – W3  D2  L2

Last Time Out – 18/01/2020 – Newport 2-0 Swindon

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Starting 11 vs Swindon Town

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Newport County

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“Tuesday is Our Focus”

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle insists his side are fully focused ahead of their trip to Leyton Orient on Tuesday. The Cobblers host Derby County in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Friday but Curle highlighted his side are only taking it game by game. Speaking to BBC Radio Northampton Tuesday is our focus, it’s another opportunity to represent the football club and get three points. The focus from the players and coaching staff is all about Tuesday. After that it goes to the next fixture”.

  • Sit 6th on 45 points – eight points off top spot
  • Unbeaten in last five – W4  D1
  • One defeat in last eight – W5  D2  L1

The Cobblers made it four wins on the bounce with a 4-1 home victory over Morecambe on Saturday. Goals from Paul Anderson, Ryan Watson, Nicky Adams and Chris Lines moved them up to sixth with victory; Aaron Phillips grabbed the consolation goal for Morecambe. Anderson stated to ntfc.co.uk  it wasn’t going to be easy but we put on a good performance and scored goals at good times. It was a great win, the focus goes to Tuesday and we go again”.

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Northampton’s Last Six Results

Saturday’s win moved the Cobblers into the top six for the first time this season and Anderson believes everyone is pulling in the right direction in order to get their target. Northampton sat 17th back in mid October but a win at Orient could move them up to third. Anderson signed a deal until the end of the season last week and is loving his football once again at Sixfields. Speaking to ntfc.co.uk ” it’s been a great week for the club and personally for me. I really believe we are going somewhere, the staff, players and fans are pulling together. We’ve been on a great run and all of us believe we are going right things”.

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Form table Since October 18th

  • Kept nine league clean sheets – three away
  • No clean sheet in last three games
  • One in last seven games
  • No clean sheet in last six away games and just one in last eight on the road
  • Conceded 17/30 league goals after 60th minute

Despite being just 90 minutes away from a potential fifth round FA Cup tie for the first time in 50 years, Curle has praised his side on their mindset on Orient. The 56 year old has won his last two games at Brisbane Road and insists their preparation will stay the same. Speaking to ntfc.co.uk credit to the changing room, the focus is on Tuesday and Leyton Orient. Our prep started yesterday with the coaching team and today for the players. All the fundamentals we go through in the prep, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a team at the top, bottom, league above or two leagues above. The format of our prep doesn’t change”.

  • Away League Record – P13  W4  D4  L5  F15  A20
  • Won last two games
  • Lost just one of last four in all competitions – W2  D1 L1
  • Only won one of last five away league games – W1  D2  L2
  • Not won three away games in a row since February 2016

Victory on Tuesday would make it five straight wins for the Cobblers for the first time since February 2016. However, despite their lowly position Curle is aware that Orient will pose a problem after winning at Sixfields back in October. Speaking to ntfc.co.uk Curle stated “ they are a competitive team, with good ability and a manager who has just been given it on a full time basis. They are a team we know we can compete with. We know their strengths and weaknesses but it is about us getting on the front foot and implementing our game plan”.

  • Failed to score in five league games
  • Scored in last five games, netting ten in last three games
  • Only failed to score in one of last 18 games in all competitions
  • Scored in eight of last nine away games
  • Netted two or more in 12 of their last 18 games
  • Only Swindon (29) have netted more first half goals than Northampton (24)

Team News

Alan McCormack is a doubt following return from injury.  Nicky Adams, Paul Anderson and Vadaine Oliver were all taken off on Saturday and should all start at Brisbane Road.  Keith Curle could name an unchanged side for the third straight game at Orient.

Curle to ntfc.co.uk we monitor rest we give the players. The work ethic inside the building is very good. We pay a lot attention on the rest we give the players”

Head to Head – Northampton 30, Draw 21, Leyton Orient 29

Last Meeting – 05/10/2019 – Northampton 0-1 Leyton Orient

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The Last Eight Meetings Between Sides

  • Northampton have only won one of the last five meetings – W1  D1  L3
  • Northampton have only lost one of their last six trips to Brisbane Road – W4  D1  L1
  • Four of the last five wins between sides have been by the away side
  • Northampton are unbeaten in last six league games at Brisbane Road
  • Have only lost one of their last eight league games at Brisbane Road

Last Time Out  – 18/01/2020 – Northampton 4-1 Morecambe

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Starting 11 vs Morecambe

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-2 Northampton

 

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“We’ve Just Got to Get That Consistency”

Port Vale manager John Askey feels his side have learnt that lessons ahead of the visit of Leyton Orient on Saturday. Vale led with five minutes to go earlier in the season but conceded late on but Askey is confident his side would come away with victory if they led on Saturday. Speaking to port-vale.co.uk I hoping so if we got in front we would have learnt from previous experiences and control the game better and see it out”.

  • Sit 10th on 38 points
  • Three defeats in last four games in all competitions
  • Only lost back to back games once all season
  • League Record – P27  W9  D11  L7  F34  A33

The Valiants fell to their first defeat in seven league on Tuesday night with a 2-1 defeat at Morecambe. Two goals in the first 12 minutes from Steven Old and Cole Stockton put Morecambe on their way before Jamie Gibbons grabbed a consolation late on. Goalkeeper Scott Brown was disappointed with their start stating to port-vale.co.uk  to go in 2-0 down was disappointing. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb and we couldn’t do it in the second half”.

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Vale’s Last Six Results

Midfielder Scott Burgess is looking forward to playing at Vale Park following four consecutive away fixtures. The 22 year old wants his side to bounce back from defeat and wants to take the energy from the home crowd. Speaking to port-vale.co.uk it’s been a long time since we’ve been in front of our home fans and hopefully we can put in a good performance and get the three points. It’s a game we’re looking forward to but we need to go in with the right mentality and focus”. 

  • Home League Record – P13  W6  D6  L1  F18  A11
  • Unbeaten in last three – W1  D2
  • One loss in last 15 in all competitions – W8  D6  L1
  • Last defeat – 0-1 vs Walsall, 07/12/2019

Vale only sit six points from the top seven and Askey insists he won’t be satisfied until we achieve something. The Valiants have only won back to back league games once this season and Askey knows consistency is the key to his side challenging at the top. Speaking to port-vale.co.uk because we lost on Tuesday, it doesn’t mean we are out of it, a win Saturday, it changes again. We will keep going till the end of the season, until it’s mathematically possible we can’t do something, we will keep going”.

  • Kept seven league clean sheets – (four at home)
  • One clean sheet in last five games
  • Conceded two or more goals in four of their last five games
  • Kept two clean sheets in last four leeague games
  • One in last five home league games

Orient arrive at Vale Park  in 20th position and Burgess knows his side have to be ruthless ahead of a trip to league leaders Swindon next week. Vale have only won three of their 11 games against the bottom eight and the 22 year old understands his side needs to improve against the bottom half teams. Speaking to port-vale.co.uk we have shown we can beat teams above us, maybe we haven’t shown that against teams below us. Everyone in the league is fighting for different things. We need to be consistent and getting wins under our belt”.

  • Failed to score in five league games
  • Scored 19/34 league goals in second half (10/18 at home)
  • Netted 15 in final 30 minutes of games, gaining 10 points
  • Six of last eight league goals been in second half

Vale are one of only three teams who have only lost once at home this season and acknowledge they need to keep that run going to challenge. Burgess is keen to use his sides confidence at home to grab another victory against the O’s. Speaking to port-vale.co.uk we’re confident when we go out at home, we’ve got the fans backing. We always feel we’re going to score goals at home. If we can do the job defensively as a unit, we always feel going to score. We like to press for and be on the front foot, we’ve got the players in the team that can do it”.

  • Scored in seven of last eight games
  • Scored in last six league games
  • Scored in two or more in five of their last seven home games

Team News

Adam Crooks and Emmanuel Oyekele have returned to training following injury but are still out. On loan Jake Taylor is sidelined with injury till February while striker Jordan Archer has gone on loan to Stockport County.

Head to Head – Port Vale 33, Draw 9, Leyton Orient 18

Last Meeting – 28/09/2019 – Leyton Orient 3-3 Port Vale

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Port Vale have only won one of the last five meetings – W1  D1  L3
  • Vale have won seven of the last eight home games between sides
  • Ten of the last 11 meetings have seen two or more goals
  • The home side have scored at least three times in four of the last five meetings

Last Time Out – 14/01/2020 – Morecambe 2-1 Port Vale

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Starting 11 vs Morecambe

Prediction – Port Vale 2-1 Leyton Orient

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“I’m Absolutely Loving Every Minute of It”

New Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway is relishing the challenge ahead of him as the new Mariners gaffer. The 56 year old was appointed at the end of 2019 after 18 months away from the game and is excited about the times ahead. Holloway takes his side to East London to face Leyton Orient on Saturday looking for his second consecutive win.

  • Sit 17th on 29 points
  • Unbeaten in last four – W2  D2
  • One defeat in last six games – W2  D3  L1
  • League Record – P24  W7  D8  L9  F24  A28

The former Blackpool man’s reign began with a 1-0 away victory at Mansfield last weekend. A Mel Benning second half own goal ensured victory after the Mariners played 80 minutes with ten men after Luke Waterfall’s tenth minute red card. Holloway was delighted with victory stating to Grimsby-townfc.co.ukI can’t tell you how proud I am. What a bunch of people and players”.

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Grimsby’s Last Six Results

Holloway revealed he is delighted he made the decision to take the managerial job and the welcome he has received in the local area. The 56 year old is eyeing a third win on the bounce for his side at Orient for the first time since February 2019. Speaking to Grimsby-townfc.co.uk  It is really important you enjoy your football club, you deserve to enjoy it. It is so important to the community and the neighborhood. It is vital everyone feels good about it”.

  • Away League Record – P12  W4  D4  L4  F13  A11
  • Unbeaten in last three – W1  D2
  • Not won back to back games since
  • Win at Mansfield, first away win since end of September – W1  D3  L4
  • Taken six points from last 18 available on their travels

The Mariners have had an up and down season, going 15 games without a win between October and January before Holloway’s appointment. The 56 year old was excited about the challenge that awaits him but acknowledged he is only concerned about the here and now. Speaking to the Totally Football League Show I want to bring positivity to the club. I’m absolutely loving every minute of it. I want people to be fresh, and hungry. I am not looking at anything other than who we’ve got next, their strengths and who can we bring in to help”.

  • Kept seven league clean sheets – four away
  • Back to back clean sheets – first time this season
  • Kept two in last three away games
  • Only conceded three goals in last five games
  • Only two of their last ten games has seen both teams score

Holloway has already began his recruitment process bringing in Burnley defender Anthony Glennon and former Plymouth striker Billy Clarke until the end of the season. The 56 year old worked with Clarke at Blackpool and is delighted to link up with him once again. Speaking to Grimsby-townfc.co.ukhe’s fit, ready and knows exactly what I do. I think he can help me quicker than anybody else anywhere who I could bring in. The spirit I’m trying to grow, I believe he will slot straight in because he’s so determined and will suit us to the ground”.

  • Failed to score in 11 league games – only Stevenage (14) have failed in more
  • Scored in last four games
  • Not scored more than once in their last 16 games in all competitios
  • Only scored four goals in last ten games

The Mariners took over 1300 fans to Mansfield last weekend and Holloway was delighted to repay them with three points. Grimsby have sold out their allocation at Orient tomorrow with Holloway stating to Grimsby-townfc.co.uk the fact we’ve sold 1200 is absolutely fantastic. What I want is for that euphoric feeling to carry on into next week whatever the result”. He added “hopefully I can do it again and make it three wins in a row but we have to earn that right”.

  • Scored 20/24 league goals in second half (11/13 away)
  • No team has scored fewer first half goals than Grimsby
  • Scored 14/24 goals in last 30 minutes of games

Team News

On loan Anthony Glennon is set for his debut while recent signing Billy Clarke should be included. Ethan Robson and Liam Gibson are both unavailable after returning to their parent clubs. Luke Waterfall is suspended and Moses Ogbu is set to miss out after being close to leaving the club.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 19, Draw 14, Grimsby Town 23

Last Meeting – 19/10/2019 – Grimsby 0-4 Leyton Orient

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • The last five wins in the fixture have been by the away side
  • Grimsby have only won one of the last five meetings – W1  D1  L3
  • Grimsby have won two of their last three trips to Brisbane Road
  • Only two of the last eight meetings have seen both teams scored
  • Orient have failed to score in the their last two home games

Last Time Out – 04/01/2020 – Mansfield 0-1 Grimsby Town

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Starting 11 vs Mansfield

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Grimsby Town

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“We’ve Really Got to Bullish and Try and Win Them”

Cambridge United manager Colin Calderwood has urged his side to start their festive fixtures with a win against Leyton Orient on Saturday. The U’s host 19th placed Orient looking to extend their unbeaten run with the 54 year old keen for victory. Speaking to Cambridge-united.co.uk “ we’ve really got to be bullish and try and win them. The test of Swindon comes after Orient and we have to take care of that this weekend”.

  • Sit 11th on 28 points
  • Only won one of their last eight games in all competitions – W1  D4  L3
  • League Record – P21  W7  D7  L7  F25  A20
  • Not gone four unbeaten since August

The U’s made it three unbeaten with a 1-1 draw at Cheltenham last weekend. Paul Lewis put them ahead before William Boyle levelled eight minutes after half time. Calderwood was pleased with how his side earned a point but acknowledges that still have room to improve. Speaking to Cambridge-united.co.uk “ we get through with less drama than maybe we would have experienced in months gone by. It’s a good sign but it’s obvious to be better we have to be better in the second half; the level in the first half repeated for longer”.

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Cambridge’s Last Six Results

Cambridge have only lost one of their last five league games and sit just six points from the play offs. With 15 points available in the next two weeks, midfielder Reggie Lambe is keen for his side to look towards the top seven. Speaking to Cambridge-united.co.uk “I still think the minimum we should be aiming for the playoffs , I feel we have enough in this team to push on especially with most of the players coming back into the side fit. With a full strength team, I really think we can push up the league”.

  • Kept seven league clean sheets – (four at home)
  • Kept two in last three 
  • Kept three in last six home games
  • Conceded 11/20 league goals in second half (6/9) at home

With three of their festive fixtures at the Abbey, Calderwood is keen to use home advantage and the home crowd to pick up maximum points. The U’s beat Plymouth last time out and the former Forest boss wants his side to get to that level. Speaking to Cambridge-united.co.ukplaying at home, we need to find a way to score goals, keep a clean sheet, we were quite good against Plymouth. There is an added attraction, increased crowds and atmospheres you get at the game which generates interest”.

  • Home League Record – P10  W4  D3  L3  F13  A9
  • Unbeaten in last six in all competitions – W3  D3
  • One defeat in last eight – W3  D4  L1
  • Taken 11 points from last 15 available 
  • Not won back to back games since February 

Calderwood has utilised a midfield diamond in recent weeks with the return of midfielder Samir Carruthers. Despite the change the 54 year old is still coy on is his preferred formation. Midfielder Lambe highlighted attacking wise formation isn’t that vital but defensively it becomes more important. Speaking to Cambridge-united.co.uk “as long as we’re able to get on the ball and find space, then it doesn’t matter too much. The formation is probably more important when we lose possession and the shape we get into without the ball”.

  • Failed to score in nine league games (four at home)
  • Only Stevenage (11) and Grimsby (10) have failed in more games
  • Only scored once in last four games
  • Only scored more than once in one of their last 11 games
  • Scored in last four home games and five of their last six

Despite Orient’s lowly position in the table, the O’s are three unbeaten like the U’s and Calderwood is wary of the threat that Ross Embleton’s men may pose. Speaking ahead of the game to Cambridge-united.co.uk they have the winning mentality from last year and are very capable as everyone saw with their victory at Northampton. There lies the danger for us, most teams are capable of winning away and the are another one”.

  • Scored 19/25 league goals in second half (9/13) at home
  • Netted ten in final 15 minutes of games, joint most in League Two

The hectic festive fixtures start on Saturday and begin the run of five games in 14 days. Calderwood highlighted the need to manage his squad over the Christmas games and stated to Cambridge-united.co.uk we had an attempt in how to get through this stretch of games. We’ve got to look after the first one and pick a group ready for the weekend. We’ve got to get the right blend”.

Cambridge next 6

Cambridge’s Next Six Fixtures

Team News

George Taft is back after recovering from a calf injury but long term absentees Gary Deegan and Jabo Ibhere  still remain out.

Head to Head – Cambridge 19, Draw 14, Leyton Orient 12

Last Meeting – 08/04/2017 – Cambridge 3-0 Leyton Orient

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Cambridge have only lost one of the last eight meetins – W3 D4  L1
  • Cambridge are unbeaten in last five games – W2  D3
  • The U’s have scored in the past 12 meetings
  • Cambridge have only won one of the last five games at home – W1  D2  L2

Prediction – Cambridge 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“The Orient Game is a Huge Game For Us”

Oldham Athletic manager Dino Maamria highlighted the importance of three points against Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Lactics sit just behind the O’s heading into the clash and the former Stevenage man is keen for his side to bounce back after last weekend’s defeat. Speaking to oldhamathletic.co.uk  the Orient game is a huge game for us. A big game at home, I know they’ve got their problems and we’re coming through the other side of ours. My focus has been to make sure we’re ready to get three points on Saturday”.

  • Sit 20th on 19 points – five off relegation zone
  • Two defeats in last seven – W3  D2  L2 
  • Last league defeat – 19/10/19 – 0-1 vs Macclesfield
  • League Record – P18  W4  D7  L7  F19  A26

The Lactics bowed out of the FA Cup last week in a 1-0 home defeat to Burton Albion thanks to a Liam Boyce first half strike. Maamria was left disappointed with his sides lackluster first half performance, stating to Oldhamathletic.co.uk I’m devastated that we’ve lost the tie and I’m bitterly disappointed with the first half performance. We were very flat and gave the opposition a bit of momentum and we were fortunate just to concede one”.

OLdham last 6

Oldham’s Last Six Results

Maamria was appointed back in September following his departure from Stevenage earlier in the season. The Lactics have started to find a bit of form recently, heading into the Orient game, four unbeaten in the league. The 48 year old highlighted the need for a good start and being clinical in front of goal. Speaking to Oldhamathletic.co.uk in the second half we were very good but we didn’t score that goal we needed. And that’s the learning bit on how important it is to score first and we’ve seen throughout the season that when we’ve scored firs we’ve always got a better chance of getting something from the game”.

Taken just one point when conceded first goal – D1  L6

  • Kept four league clean sheets
  • Kept three in last four league games
  • One clean sheet in last five games (all comps) – conceded nine goals
  • One clean sheet in last seven home league games
  • Conceded 15/26 league goals at the end of each half

Following their exit from the FA Cup last week, the Latics only remaining aim is the league and Maamria is keen for his side to keep improving ahead of a hectic fixture schedule. Speaking to Oldhamathletic.co.uk we’ve got one competition to focus on and let’s make sure that we keep improving every week and climb that table” He added “there is no question we have been improving. It’s obvious we’re in a much better position than we were a few weeks ago. The team are picking up a lot more points and we look a lot more organised and solid”.

Oldham next 6

Oldham’s Next Six Games

Despite Orient being winless since mid October, a run of eight games, Maamria is still wary of the threat the East Londoners pose. Speaking ahead of the clash to Oldhamathletic.co.uk to be fair their results do not reflect their performances because I’ve been watching their previous games. They’ve got their threats there’s no doubt about that. They’ve got some good experienced players at this level and it’s going to be a difficult game for us” . He added “ I’ve just told the players we can’t afford to be less than 90% of our own performance level to get the points in this league”.

  • Home League Record – P9  W2  D4  L3  F11  A10
  • No win in last two
  • One win in last six home games (all competitions) – W1  D1  L4
  • Only lost one of their last six home league games – W2   D3  L1
  • Nine of the their 10 home points have come in last 6 home league games

The 48 year old can use some previous knowledge and experience on the O’s after facing them back in August as Stevenage boss. Maamria doesn’t feel Orient will spring a surprise on him and insists it is about what his Oldham side do. Speaking to Oldhamathletic.co.ukthey’ve got the same players and they change shape now and then. The personnel we know them pretty well, we know what kind of threat they give the opposition. It’s going to be a tough game no question about it but it’s about us and what we’re going to do on the day”

  • Failed to score in seven league games
  • Scored in four of their last five games
  • No failed to score in back to back games since August
  • Scored in two of last three home games

Team News

New signings David Jones and Jean Louis Akpa Akpro could start after signing on a short term deal last week. Christopher Missilou is out after being forced off against Burton last Saturday.

Maamria on his squad to Oldhamathletic.co.uk as we’ve seen the squad has been stretched of late and we’ve had to add last week to make sure we are ready for the very busy December Christmas period”.

Head to Head – Oldham Athletic 26, Draw 18, Leyton Orient 19

  • Last meeting – 21/02/2015 – Leyton Orient 3-0 Oldham Athletic
Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Oldham have only won one of the last six meetings – W1  D3  L2
  • Oldham’s last two wins against Orient have come at home
  • No team has won consecutive games since 2010
  • Both teams have scored in four of the last six meetings

Last Time Out – Burton Albion, 30/11/2019

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Starting 11 vs Burton Albion

Prediction – Oldham Athletic 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“We’re More than Capable of Getting Three Points”

Forest Green Rovers midfielder Carl Winchester insists his side are heading to Brisbane Road in search of maximum points. Rovers lost top spot last weekend and the 26 year old wants to reclaim it back. Speaking to fgr.co.uk “if we do what we’re capable of, we’re more than capable of getting three points”.

  • Sit 2nd on 31 points – two off top spot
  • League Record P17  W9  D4  L4  F20  A11 
  • Best Defensive Record in league
  • Picked up seven point from last 12 available
  • Not lost three in a row since March

Forest Green head to East London after dropping to second after a 1-0 home defeat to Plymouth last Saturday. Antoni Sarcevic’s first half strike saw made it back to back defeats for Mark Cooper’s men. Cooper rued his sides lack of creativity in the final third but admitted he thought they should have got a point. Speaking to fgr.co.ukI didn’t feel we deserved to lose, we had a lot of territory but perhaps didn’t produce enough quality in the final third. We certainly did enough to get something out of the game”.

Forest Green last 6

Forest Green’s Last Six Results

Defender Dom Bernard described the result “as a tough one to take” but acknowledged it is about how his side bounce back against Orient. The 22 year old signed in the summer highlighted his side switched off against Plymouth but revealed a week on the training ground should help his side against the O’s. Speaking to fgr.co.uk you win and lose in football, it’s how you react, the tough games come fast so you can’t dwell on it. You review it and move onto the next one. We have a week to prepare, that’s ideal for us and hopefully it works out way”.

  • Kept nine league clean sheets (five away)
  • Most in League Two
  • No clean sheet in last two games
  • Kept two in last five games
  • Kept one clean sheet in last six league games

Rovers will be looking to continue their fine form on their travels in the capital; Rovers have the joint best record away in League Two. Cooper highlighted his team can exploit spaces left by the opposition and knows the home side have to play. Speaking to fgr.co.uk there is a little more space to play in, when we are at home, everyone camps on the edge of their box. Away the opposition have a duty to come out in front of the home fans and have a little bit of a go”.

  • Away League Record – P9  W5  D2  L2  F12  A5
  • One defeat in last seven away league games – W5  D1  L1
  • Two losses in last four game all competitions
  • Not won three away league games in a row since April

Saturday sees the first competitive meeting between the two sides and Cooper is relishing visiting Brisbane Road again. The 50 year old admitted his side are heading there to get three points, speaking to fgr.co.uk we want to get on the front foot and try to play to get three points. It’s a great set up there, it’s a great football stadium. The atmosphere is good, a proper stadium. I am looking forward to experiencing it”.

Cooper vs Orient

Cooper’s Meeting’s with Orient as manager

Winchester scored the winner in his last appearance at Brisbane Road for Cheltenham back in 2017 and is keen to open his account this season. The 26 year old highlights despite Orient’s lowly position in the table, they will be raring to go on Saturday. Speaking to fgr.co.uk it’s not an easy place to go, they lost last Saturday and are on the bounce back. It’s a tough place. I have been there a couple of times and scored with Cheltenham so was a good experience. We have set our standards now we have to maintain them”.

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

Team News

Defender Joseph Mills is available after coming off at half time last weekend against Plymouth. Winger Jack Aitchinson will be hoping to add to his four goals in his last five games against the O’s. While midfielder Ebou Adams should start against his former club.

Last Time Out – 16/11/2019 – Forest Green 0-1 Plymouth Argyle

Forest Green last 11

Forest Green’s Starting 11 vs Plymouth

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-2 Forest Green

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“There is No Fear Factor”

Maldon & Tiptree manager Wayne Brown feels his side could shock League Two Leyton Orient on Sunday. The Jammers head to East London in the first round proper of the FA Cup and the 42 year old insists his side aren’t overawed by the challenge. Speaking to metro “there is no fear factor. Orient are in League Two and we are a few divisions below. I get that but this is where the lads want to be. We can pit our wits against league opposition”.

  • Sit 2nd in Isthmian North Division
  • Won their last three games
  • Unbeaten this season

Maldon are currently unbeaten this season, winning 19 and drawing once. The Jammers kept their 100% league record last weekend with a 3-1 home victory over Grays Athletic. A brace from top scorer Jorome Slew, who took his season tally to 20 and a Rob Girdlestone effort sealed the win.

Maldon last 6

Maldon’s Last Six Results

The Jammers are the lowest ranked side in Round One and have already played five matches after entering the competition in the Preliminary Rounds. Brown highlighted to the Metro “ this is the biggest tie in the history of the club, we’ve never got this far before in the cup. Excitement breeds confidence. We have 18 goals in the FA Cup and are the top goalscorers in the competition”.

Maldon FA Cup run

Maldon’s FA Cup Run this Season

Despite knowing their FA Cup opponents for just under three weeks, the Jammers haven’t lost any focus on their league campaign. Brown praised his sides approach to every game insisting they will continue to take it game by game. Speaking to BBC Radio Essex our focus was to keep the lads focused, keep their mind on the league games we had. That’s still our priority. The application and desire was to get three points and concentrate on each gameit was second to none”.

  • Kept seven clean sheets this season
  • Kept two clean sheets in last three games
  • Kept three in last five away games
  • Only kept one clean sheet in their five FA Cup games this season

Brown admitted he would have loved the clash at home but described it as a “real good opportunity for the lads to go and express themselves at a decent level”. The former Colchester man highlighted the financial gain his side have received from the run and the exposure his players have seen since the draw. Speaking to BBC Radio Essex I said to the lads after Royston, enjoy it, it doesn’t come around too much for a team like this and the players. It is important the players enjoy times like this”.

  • Away Record this season – P7  W7  F17  A4
  • Won all seven away games this season
  • Three of their five FA Cup wins were away
  • Unbeaten in last nine away games – W7  D2
  • Only lost once away in 2019

Despite the four league and 77 place difference between the two sides, Brown is confident in his group of players but doesn’t like the underdog title as he is heading there to win. Speaking to the MetroWe will be trying to win the game. It’s all right saying we are the minnows, in the eighth tier but we are driven to win. We will just do what we normally do. I have full trust and faith in the players, I just hope nerves don’t get the bet of them on occasions like this”

The Jammers have won their last three games in all competitions and are still in the FA Trophy following several wins. Brown has praised the whole squad effort on their start to the season and knows they are in high spirits . Speaking to BBC Radio Essex we are certainly in a good place, confidence wise. The lads are in a good place. Obviously the strikers will get the spotlight for scoring goals as the teams scored 75 in 20 games. It’s been a real team effort, we have created a lot of opportunities in every game”.

  • Scored in every game this season
  • Scored two or more goals in all 20 games
  • Scored in last 25 competitve games
  • Only failed to score in in one of their last 41 games
  • Scored in last 23 away games

Last Time Out – 2/11/2019 – Maldon & Tiptree 3-1 Grays Athletic

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Starting 11 vs Grays Athletic

 

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