“We Have Home Advantage, It is Sure to be Another Good Cup Tie”

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis is hoping his side can finish the job as they host Dagenham & Redbridge in their FA Cup 4th qualifying round replay tomorrow night. The sides battled out a 0-0 draw at Victoria Road on Saturday, with the winner of the tie set to face a trip to Gillingham in the first round.

  • FA Cup First round to play on Weekend of 4th/5th November
  • Orient have not lost to a non league side in the FA Cup since 2002 (25/11/02 – Margate 1-0)
  • Unbeaten in their last 10 fixtures – W8  D2 

In a game which lacked clear cut chances for both sides, Orient hit the bar twice through headers from Macauley Bonne and David Mooney. Davis spoke to leytonorient.com describing the game as “a good game, both teams had a go at trying to win it. It was quite end to end at times but lacked a bit of quality, it had a bit of everything. It was really competitive derby”.

  • Home record – P7  W3  D1  L3  F12  A10
  • Lost their last three home games
  • Only won one of their last five home games – W1  D1  L3
  • Last win – 4-1 vs Guiseley, 02/09/17
  • Not lost a home FA Cup tie against a non-league side since 1997 (Orient 0-1 Hendon, 24/11/1997)

Saturday’s 0-0 draw was Orient first in over a year but most importantly for Davis it was a clean sheet for his side, “we have done a lot of work on defending this week, it showed, we literally spend three days, six sessions on defending and shape with the back five and the rest of the team” It was Orient first clean sheet in nine games with Davis happy that “there were good signs today in terms of being tighter and not allowing them many chances”

  • Kept four clean sheets this season 
  • Without a home clean sheet in their last five games
  • Kept just one clean sheet in their last 19 home games (Maidstone, 12/08/17 – 2-0)

It was the second game in a row that Davies opted for a back three with Joe Widdowson continuing on the left of the back three. The former Dagenham man admitted to leytonorient.com it was good to come back, I know a lot of people here and I have got a lot of friends here, I like this club a lot. It was nice to come back, I had a good time here and it was a good game of football”.


Orient last home FA cup games

Leyton Orient’s last seven home results in FA Cup


In recent weeks, Widdowson has slotted in well to the back three and was very pleased to keep a clean sheet at his former club. Speaking to leytonorient.com we will take confidence from it, we haven’t kept one for a while, it was pleasing for us today. As a back three it was our objective and we are happy with it, we defended well and hopefully we take it forward into future games”.

  • Have not kept back to back clean sheets since May 2016

With the replay, Orient are set to play four games in 12 days but Widdowson was happy to take the game back to Brisbane Road, “it will be good taking the game back home, we have home advantage and I am sure it will be another good cup tie. We have to rest up and prepare now” With the winners playing Gillingham away  ,Widdowson knows that knowing the future opposition can be good, “when you get the incentive of who you will be up against in the next round, it will always spur you on, if it is a big or small team, you always look forward to it”.


Orient next four fixtures Oct 17

Orient’s next four fixtures


  • Orient have scored in eight of their last nine home games
  • Last failed to score 12/09/17 – 0-3 vs Halifax
  • Eight of Orient’s 12 goals scored at home have been in the second half

Jobi McAnuff missed the trip to Dagenham and Davies revealed he could be back for Saturday’s game against Macclesfield, “he is injured, we have five senior players missing that would play in that team, that is half the team gone”.


Orient replay results

Leyton Orient’s last 10 FA Cup replay results

  • Orient have only won two of their last 10 FA Cup replays – both at home


Myles Judd made his first start of the season on Saturday and Widdowson acknowledges how well the O’s youngsters have been doing “the youngers players have been really good. Danny Happe has been outstanding since his has come into the team, a young center half who has grown every single game and done very well. Juddy had his first game and did excellent on his first start, there are good signs”.


Orient Replay home Results

Leyton Orient’s last eight home FA Cup replay results


Dagenham manager John Still admitted he was happy with most aspects of his side performance against Orient but would have liked to have won the game. Speaking to daggers.co.uk I wouldn’t say I am disappointed, it is cup football and a local derby which makes it interesting. You get what you get, I would’ve like to win but we haven’t lost”. He added “I thought we played okay and I am happy with it but there were too many fouls in the game which broke it down to often”.

  • Away Record – P8  W1  D5  L2  F9  A10
  • No win in their last seven away games – D5  L2
  • Last win 2-1 vs Boreham Wood, 09/08/17

With Dagenham the highest scorers in the National League, it was a surprise that they failed to score for the second consecutive game on Saturday. However Still highlighted that it can happen in football, “I think we have been playing well and been free scoring and all of a sudden the goals are not going in, that’s football”. He added “where goals were flying in for us, they have stopped, There is a probably a reason for that, we are without a couple of important players in those areas”.

  • Last time Dagenham failed to score in three consecutive games was November 2015

Dagenham captain Scott Doe admitted that after finding out the replay was on Tuesday he “would have wanted to get the job on Saturday”. Speaking to East London Advertiser Orient are a good side and have recently been in the Football League we wanted to get the job done but we don’t fear going to their place”.


Dagenham last away games

Dagenham & Redbridge’s last seven away FA Cup results


Doe acknowledge that it was frustrating not to score once again but knows his side must keep working on it to get the win on Tuesday. The 28 year old is in his second spell with the Daggers and knows how good a run in the FA Cup can be, “when you see the draw, if you get a big game or a winnable tie, it does spur you on even more to win because nothing is better than a cup run”.


Dagenham Replay Results

Dagenham & Redbridge’s last nine FA Cup replay results


Still’s Dagenham matched Orient’s 3-5-2 system on Saturday with the 67 year old admitting “we took a gamble in playing a new system, a little bit through injury but I was happy with it. Overall you are always disappointed when you don’t win but not disappointed with the situation”.

Orient and Dagenham have had some memorable encounters in cup competitions with Still joking that he wants another “13-12″ after the sides played out a penalty shoot out in the JPT in 2011. After starting his career at the O’s still highlighted that he has an “affinity with the club, I am glad they are rising from the unbelievable miss management over the past couple of years. I am always pleased when they do well but not today”.

Team News

Orient will be without Jobi McAnuff, Charlie Lee, Josh Coulson, George Elokobi, Matt Harrold for tomorrow’s clash. On loan duo Mark Ellis and James Brophy are cup tied after being denied permission to play from their parent clubs. Myles Judd is set to continue after making his first start of the season on Saturday while Zain Westbrooke is hoping for a start on Tuesday.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 6, Draw 3, Dagenham 5

Last meeting – Dagenham 0-0 Leyton Orient, 14/10/17

  • Orient are unbeaten in the last eight meetings (90mins) – W4 D4
  • Orient have won two of the last three meetings at Brisbane Road – both 3-2
  • Orient have won the two FA Cup games at Brisbane Road – 3-1 (2004) and 3-2 (2004)
  • Dagenham have scored on every trip to Brisbane Road

Leyton Orient 2-1 Dagenham AET



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“Away from the Pressures of the League”

Leyton Orient manager Steve Davis is hoping that his side can get their season going again as they travel to Dagenham and Redbridge in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it is away from the pressure of the league and the run we are on, it is a chance to kick start our season and get us going again”.

  • Sit 17th in National League
  • Form in last six – D2  L4  F7  A13
  • Only Solihull (1) have taken less points in the National League
  • No win in last seven games – D2 L5 (two points from a possible 21)
  • Last win 4-1 vs Guiseley, 02/09/17

Orient head to Dagenham on the back of a 2-2 draw away at Barrow last weekend. Despite going ahead twice from David Mooney and Craig Clay, the O’s couldn’t hold on for the win with Bedsente Gomis and Jordan White levelling for Barrow.

  • Away Record – P8  W2  D2  L4  F9  A16
  • Without a win in last four – D2 L4
  • Last win 28/08/17 Maidenhead 0-1 Orient
  • Only Guiseley and Torquay (18) have conceded more away in National League

Head Coach Steve Davis rued his sides inability to hold onto a lead for the second consecutive match. Speaking to leytonorient.com going ahead twice in a game is something we have not had before and we were unable to hold on long enough to build on them. It is killing us at the moment”

  • Kept just two clean sheets
  • Without one for eight games, kept one in their last 10 (Maidenhead, 28/08/17)
  • Scored first in three of their last five games – only led for 47 minutes

Individual errors have littered Orient’s recent performances with Davis bemoaning his sides defending, “it is unacceptable, if we had done the basic defending we wouldn’t have conceded so easily. We are really disappointed with the two goals and lack of marking and tracking. If you score two goals away you except to win the game”.

  • Conceded two or more in their last seven games and their last four away
  • Conceded two or more in 14 of their last 17 away games
  • Conceded two or more in nine of their 15 games this season
  • Only Solihull (27) and Torquay (28) have conceded more in the National League

Despite enjoying the better of the second half at Barrow, Orient failed to force a third goal with Davis knowing his side need to put their chances away, “we had four or five good opportunities, the keeper made a few good saves and we had to defend a few scrambles. In the end we had some good chances and have to be clinical when we get in there, Moons and Macca had chances to go 3-2 ahead”.

  • Failed to score in three games this season
  • Scored in their last five games
  • Scored in six of their last seven away games and 12 of their last 14 games
  • Last failed to score – 12/09/17 Orient 0-3 Halifax

Orient played a 3-5-2 system at Barrow, with Davis highlighting that his side have been trying to find a way to stop conceding goals. Speaking to East London Advertiser I think when you go on a run like we’ve been on, performing well and not winning, you need to change things around and try different things”.

  • Only Guiseley (388) have trailed for more minutes away in National League

Defender Joe Widdowson returned to the side at Barrow and is excited about returning to his former club tomorrow. Widdowson joined Orient from Dagenham in the summer and stated to East London Advertiser I’ve still got a lot of good friends there and with it being a local derby it should be a good game”.

  • 12/21 goals scored have been in the second half
  • Scored six in final 15 minutes of matches 

Widdowson played 49 times for the Daggers last season and has identified some of the strengths that they have, “I know most of their players quite well, I have giving one or two tips to the boys on what they should look for” Corey Whitely has netted eight times this season and Widdowson knows he is a danger “he is a very good player and was excellent for us last season, he is lively and dangerous, he’ll be a big threat for them and we will have to do our best to stop him”.

  • Conceded 16/26 goals in the first half  (10/16 away goals)
  • Six of their last eight conceded have been in first half
  • Have conceded seven between minutes 31-45 

Davis acknowledged the strengths that Still and his side will have tomorrow, “I like John and have know him for a while. It will be a tough game with the way he sets up his team. he demands certain things from his teams, they are powerful and will run all day. They have certain qualities in certain areas and it will be a good game”.

Orient's last four fa cup seasons

Orient’s last four seasons FA Cu results

  • Orient have only won one of their last six FA Cup fixtures

    Orient Last 7 fa cup results

    Orient’s last seven FA Cup results

  • Orient have not scored an away goal in FA Cup since 05/01/13 – David Mooney

Dagenham head into tomorrow’s clash with Orient on the back of a 1-0 away defeat at Woking last weekend. Regan Charles-Cook struck the winner 12 minutes from time, inflicting a third defeat of the season for the Daggers.

  • Sit 6th in National League
  • No win in last two – D1  L2
  • Form in last six – W2  D2  L2  F8  A7
  • Last win – 30/09/17 , 1-0 vs Torquay

Manager John Still was disappointed that his side did not utilise their dominance last weekend at Woking. Speaking to Barking and Dagenham Post I thought we dominated the game from start to finish but our box play wasn’t good enough. They scored a great goal and there was nothing we could do about it but for most of the game it was one way traffic”.

  • Home Record – P7  W5  D1  L1  F18  A9 
  • Won four of their last five (scoring 12 goals)
  • Only Woking (19) have taken more points at home in National League
  • 66% of their League Points come at home
  • Only lost one of their last 12 home games – W8  D3  L1

It was the third time the Daggers had failed to score away from this season with Still highlighting what was missing “it was a little bit of selfishness, someone getting it and running it at a defender. When you get in those forward positions, you have to attack. When you continually attack players, you will get some success out of it”.

  • Only side in National League to score in every home match
  • Scored in their last 12 home games and 17 of their last 18 games
  • Last failed to score – 28/02/17 – 0-2 vs Maidstone

Midfielder Luke Howell agreed with Still, insisting that his side need to be more ruthless in the penalty area. Speaking to barking and Dagenham postI thought we were really good and controlled the majority of the game for the first half hour. I feel we could have been more clinical in and around the box”.

  • League Top scorers with 27 goals
  • Top Scorers at home in National League with 18 goals

Defender Sam Ling is set to face his dad and old club when Orient visit tomorrow and admitted to the East London Advertiser it has been a bit weird at home this week with both of us trying to get the team out of each other”. Ling joined the Daggers in 2016 but was part of Orient’s academy until he left “it will be good to see some old faces and hopefully progress to the next round”.

  • Kept just two clean sheets this season – one at home
  • Only kept one in their last eight games
  • Only kept one in their last nine home games
  • Both teams have scored in four of their last six games

 Assistant manager Darren Currie is hoping his side can ask more questions in the box against Orient tomorrow. Speaking to daggers.co.uk we lacked a final third finishing touch, it has been stuff we have been working on, we know we have got goals in the team. Naturally it is a concern not to score, we have got to ask more in the final third, we didn’t really do it enough at Woking”.

  • Scored 17/27 goals in first half – most in league
  • 66% home goals come in first half (12/18)
  • Eight of their ten second half goals have been in last 15 minutes of games
  • Gained eight points in that period in league
  • Have scored a goal in last 15 minutes of games in three of their last four – earning a result in each game

Without a win in their last two games, defender Benn Nunn insisted the key for his side is to “get that consistency back”. Speaking to daggers.co.ukit would have been better if we had got a few more results that maybe we should of had, we started well. Back to back wins will really kick us on and up to where we should be”.

  • Five of their Nine home goals conceded have been in the last 30 minutes of games
  • Have not trailed at home this season
  • Only Aldershot (347) have led more at home in League than Aldershot (317)

Tomorrow’s clash will be the first of at least three meetings between the two sides and Currie can’t wait for the game insisting the players have had a spring in their step this week. Speaking to daggers.co.uk naturally they want to respond to the result last weekend and they are aware of how we intend to do well in the cup. Training has been bright and lively”. He added “we are playing against one of our rivals in the league, our neighbours. Hopefully we put in a performance and result that the club and fans want to see”.


Dagenham last four seasons FA Cup

Dagenham’s last four season results in FA Cup

  • Only won one of their last five games 


Dagenham's last 8 home games

Dagenham last eight home FA Cup ties

  • Dagenham only score in two of their last six home FA cup games



Team News

New loan signing Zain Westbrooke is available after signing on a 93 day loan from Brentford on Wednesday. James Brophy and Mark Ellis are ineligible after being denied permission by their parent clubs while George Elokobi, Josh Coulson, Matt Harrold and Charlie Lee remain out.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 6, Draw 2, Dagenham 5

Last meeting – 16/04/16 – Leyton Orient 3-2 Dagenham

  • Orient have won the last three meetings – scoring at least twice in each game
  • Unbeaten in the last seven meetings (90 minutes) and last three trips to Victoria Road  – W4  D3
  • Dagenham last won 04/09/10 – 2-0
  • Sides have met in FA Cup four times – Orient 3  Draw 1
  • Last cup meeting – 16/11/10 – Leyton Orient 3-2 Dagenham
  • Never been a 0-0 between sides
  • Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings
  • Orient have scored in the last seven meetings

Prediction – Dagenham 2-1 Leyton Orient

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Barrow away…. a bit late

So after a midweek loss in Tranmere, it was another away trip to Barrow that awaited Orient fans on Saturday afternoon. A game which rubber stamped the realisation that your team were now playing non-league football. A bleak ground, no roof, open to the elements with the expectation that you would be rained on.

Following the loss in midweek, Davis opted for a back three in Sendles-White, Ellis and Widdowson with Caprice and Brophy as the wing backs. I bit shocked that Happe had dropped to the bench with the youngster not doing a lot wrong in his recent performances. Lawless, Clay and McAnuff were in midfield with Mooney returning to partner Bonne in attack.

Despite the slow start, Orient as always looked shaky at the back but took the lead in route one fashion. Grainger’s long kick found Brophy on the left who crossed for Mooney to slide home. The question on everyone’s lips in the away end was how long was the lead going to last for?

O’s fans had the feeling of de ja vu as poor marking inside the Orient box, as expected, allowed Gomis to scuff his shot into the ground and loop over Grainger. A blow which was culminated in the 12 year old Barrow firm giving large towards the away end. With Orient failing to clear a set piece, no one seemed set inside the box. A header flicked forward caught Sendles-White on his heels and trying to play the offside trap to no avail, leaving Gomis free to strike fortunately home.




Caprice Dodgy marking at Barrow

Sendles-White marking Gomis wrong side


caprice dodgy marking at barrow 2

Sendles-White caught on his heels and appealing for offside



As the scores were level, the wind was playing havoc at the back for Orient as they were finding it hard to adapt to the conditions. After mistakes from set pieces throughout the season, Orient should have been behind and had to be thankful for the offside flag. Ellis lost Harrison in the box (wasn’t the only time), he headed home but was offside.

As the game opened up Orient took the lead in what will be deemed the scrappiest goal of the season. With a free kick not cleared by Barrow, ricochet after ricochet, the ball finally fell to Clay who at the second attempt fired home to restore Orient’s lead.

Despite leading, how long was this going to last? Orient did not look confident at all at the back, with Barrow causing problems from set pieces. O’s men not staying with their men. Following a throw in on the right, Orient press the ball but their defence line is out of position. When the ball is crossed McAnuff and Caprice are out of position meaning they lose the first header, Ellis is on heels and is ball watching leaving White to tap in.


Back 3, out of position

Orient’s back three out of position, leaving a hole at the back post


Outnumbered at the back Barrow

Caprice and Mcanuff not set at the back, with Ellis marking White







Ellis on Heels







Ellis on Heels

Ellis ball watching at the back, allowing White to tap home


With the scores level at the break, Orient had now conceded two or more goals in their last seven games, and 14 of their last 17 away games. The second half kick off with Orient in the ascendancy but were unable to put their chances away. Mooney and Bonne were linking up very well in attack with both having efforts saved.

The game was there for the taking if a man in red would take the initiative but as time ticked on, mistakes were evident at the back. At times Orient need to do the basics right, put the ball in row z and get organised. Any mistake at the back was giving the home side confidence with them hitting the post and last seasons top scorer Byron Harrison missing a guilt edge chance.

Myles Judd replaced Jae Caprice in the right wing back role, not so sure Caprice suits starting that high up on the right. I know he wasn’t 100% fit but I think he performs better when he comes from deep and has time to run at his opposing full back. However learning to cross the ball earlier would definitely help Orient’s supply into the box.

With the clocking ticking, Orient fan were calling for Dayton or Boco that could help to pick up the important three points. It didn’t come till late when Dayton replaced McAnuff with little time to make an impact. But the chance to seal victory came when Brophy broke into the box but was blocked off. O’s fans appealed but referee Andrew Miller so no much to the disgust of the away contingent.

Orient and Davis had to settle for a point but no win, leaving the O’s picking up just two points from a possible 21. Not a good record at all but has the run of defeats stopped? It is true Orient have fell behind a lot in recent matches however the last three games Orient have taken the lead in they have only obtained one point. Lost to Hartlepool, Lost to Tranmere and Drew with Barrow. Not all about scoring the first goal, about getting ahead then doing the basics in order to protect the lead, something Orient fail to do.

In their winless run of seven games, Davis has only named the same back three/four twice, these changes cannot be healthy for the team. It hasn’t mattered which combination Davis has used they have still shipped goals, something which has to stop if Orient are to turn the corner and start picking up victories.

For all this pretty, passing football, how have Orient last six goals come about?

Aldershot – Clay’s header from a set piece and Boco from a long ball and flick on from Bonne

Fylde – Cross and header at the back post by McAnuff

Tranmere – passing move which Harrold turned home

Barrow – Route one ball found Brophy who crossed for Mooney and a set piece

For all Orient’s passing football, they have scored their majority of their goal recently in typical non-league fashion. Food for thought…..

With a week off from league action, the cup game with Dagenham could help Davis or make the situation worse for him. A win over the local rivals and a first round FA Cup tie or another defeat, their sixth in eight games and another without a win. We will see Saturday what the outcome will be……..

I am not sure Davis knows what his best side or formation is at this current moment, it is clear he is searching for the right formula to achieve the results. However, in recent weeks the midfield has been lacking, whether it being defensively helping the back four or attacking, providing support to Bonne and Mooney. The second half on Saturday they seemed to drop deeper and leave it for the forward to create.

Anyway, onwards and upwards to Dagenham Saturday, we all know what a lovely place it is….

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“We’re Letting a Lot of People Down with these Results”

Leyton Orient midfielder Alex Lawless is fully aware of his sides lack of form and all their attention is on Saturday’s game at Barrow. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we are letting a lot of people down with these results and we are looking for a win together”.

  • Sit 17th on 17 points
  • League Record – P14  W5  D2  L7  F19  A24
  • No team has taken less points in last six games than Orient (1)

The O’s fell to their fifth defeat in six games with a 2-1 loss at Tranmere on Wednesday night. Matt Harrold did put them ahead but Andy Cook slid home the equaliser just three minutes later. James Norwood headed home the winner 20 minutes from time, leaving Orient winless since 2nd September. 

  • Away Record – P7  W2  D1  L4  F7  A14
  • No win in last three – losing their last two 
  • Only Guiseley (17) and Torquay (18) have conceded more away
  • Conceded two or more goals in 13 of their last 16 away games

Striker and Club Captain David Mooney admitted that his side needed to pull together in the time leading up to the Barrow fixture. Speaking to BBC London everyone is a bit down, luckily for us we are staying up here for the next three days. It gives me a chance to get everybody together and tell the what it means to play for this club and the standards we should set”.

  • Kept three clean sheets this season – two away
  • Without a clean sheet in last seven games and only one in their last nine (Maidenhead, 28/8/17)
  • Kept just four clean sheets in their last 20 away games
  • Conceded two or more goals in eight of their 14 games – (Only Fylde 9 have done that in more games)

Orient’s recent run of results have all been similar with Mooney aware that his side need to stop their slump, “I am a big believer in the good times around the corner but how long is the corner. I am sick of saying the same thing, we played well and conceded from a set piece, it’s the same old garbage. Eventually it is going to come to a head, hopefully over the next couple of days we can sort it”.

  • Conceded two or more in their last six games
  • Conceded two or more in their last three away games
  • Conceded 48 goals in 20 away games in 2017 – conceded two or more in 16 of them

Head coach Steve Davis was disappointed with the outcome at Tranmere but was pleased his side took the lead. Speaking to leytonorient.com it was nice to take lead after we have fallen behind in previous games but was frustrating we weren’t able to hold onto it for a longer period. We let them back in the game after we scored too quickly, we needed to get a little bit more control of the game”.

  • First game in seven Orient took the lead
  • Only led for 29 minutes in their last six matches
  • Trailed for 351 minutes in their six games – average 58 minutes a game
  • Trailed in their last seven games

Davis admitted he felt his side became one dimensional at Prenton Park, “we haven’t really done that much this season. It was more typical of this league and I am not sure we have got the players that can play long ball. We fought hard and I felt we could have played more football”.

  • Failed to score in three games
  • Have scored in their last four games and 11 of their last 13 league games
  • Scored in five of their last six away games
  • Last failed to score Boreham Wood – 9/9/17

In the latter stages on Wednesday night, Davis moved to a 3-4-1-2 formation looking to get back into the game. Speaking to leytonorient.com about the change “sometimes finding a different way gives players another perspective, we are looking to find a formula which will help us get out of the situation we are in”. He added “whilst performances have been good, we haven’t had the results to match them, results become more important. It is about finding  system which suits the players we have fit”.

  • 14/24 goals conceded have been in the first half
  • Five 1-15 minutes – three of last five games
  • Six 31-45 minutes 
  • Have conceded nine of 24 goals at the start of both halves
  • Only bottom three (Guiseley, Solihull Moors 25 and Torquay 26) have conceded more goals in the National League

Keeper Charlie Grainger was Orient’s best player on Wednesday and feels his side have enough to end their winless run. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we all want to do our best and get out of it as quickly as we can. We know we are a good enough side to do that, we are very confident we can get out of the situation”.

  • 12/19 goals scored have been in the second half
  • Six of those have been in last 15 minutes of matches – Only Dagenham (8) have scored more

Lawless has lost on his last two trips to Barrow and fully aware of the challenges that come with playing at Holker Street, “every time I have played them they have been direct and physical. It is something we have to counteract and win that side so that we can play our game”.

  • 1-0 both times with Luton – 02/02/13 and 21/02/12

Barrow head into tomorrow’s clash on the back of a 1-0 away defeat at Hartlepool on Tuesday night. Michael Woods scored in injury time for Pools to continue Barrow’s winless run to six games.

  • Sit 20th on 12 points
  • League Record – P14  W2  D6  L6  F14  A16
  • Form in last six – W0  D2  L4  F3  A7
  • Only Solihull (1) and Orient (1) have taken less points in last six games (2)

It has been a tough start for Barrow who are onto their second manager of the season after Paul Cox resigned in August. Barow finished 7th in the National League last season just seven points off the play offs. Assistant manager Micky Moore took over the reigns with the club looking for a new Head of Football after Paul Ogden stepped down after just two months earlier today (Friday 6th October)

  • Moore appointed 20/09/17 on a two year deal
  • Record since Cox left – W1  D3  L5
  • One win in their last 1 games – W1  D5  L5

Following their last gasp defeat on Tuesday, Moore spoke to nwemail.co.uk Hartlepool will be honest enough to say that they got something they didn’t deserve to. AFC Fylde said the same thing the other week, I want to be the lucky manager not the unlucky one”. He added “I don’t think anyone could say we didn’t deserve to win the game, if we got a draw I would have been disappointed”.

  • Home Record – P7  W2  D4  L1  F7  A4
  • Only Wrexham (3) have conceded less at home
  • Only Racecourse Ground (Wrexham) has seen less goals (9)
  • No win in their last three home games – One win in their last five – W1  D3  L1
  • Last win 2-1 vs Boreham Wood – 02/09/17
  • 75% of their points have come at home

Tuesday’s loss was their second consecutive 1-0 loss, Moore acknowledges that luck is not with his side at the moment, “that is four games we have lost 1-0, ultimately Hartlepool got the rub of the green, they got the luck and we haven’t got that at the moment”. Moore highlighted that his side must rally in order to pull them out of their poor form, “we have to stick together and work hard, no-one can fault their effort, commitment or desire”.

  • All six of their league defeats have been by just one goal
  • Only two of their last 14 league defeats have been by more than one goal

Moore’s side have only scored once in their last three games but he is quick to highlight that it is important to keep creating chances, “the players aren’t missing on purpose, confidence wise in front of goal, it is a bit low but it is my job to keep believing in them and for them to keep getting into the positions”.

  • Only scored one goal in last three home games
  • Failed to score in two games and three of their last five
  • Failed to score in six of 14 league games – three at home
  • Eight of their 14 goals have been in the first half – including two of their last three

With goals lacking in attack, the first goal is paramount according to Moore, “the first goal is very important for a team suffering a lack of confidence. On Tuesday we had two or three fantastic chances to go 1-0 up but we lost 1-0. We are really close to turning it around”.

  • Ten of their 16 goals conceded have been in the first half – including four of their last five
  • Only conceded one goal in the second half of home games
  • Only side to not concede in last 30 minutes of any home game

Barrow sit just one point above the relegation zone but Moore is clear that the team has to believe in the model he is creating at Holker Street. Speaking to nwemail.co.ukfor me I have got to believe in the process that I am putting in place, the results have been disappointing but I am not going to hide away, no one is hurting more than me and the players”.

  • Kept three clean sheets – all at home
  • Without clean sheet in last four, one clean sheet in their last 11 league games (0-0 vs Guiseley, 12/09/17)
  • Kept just one in last five games

Moore thanked the supporters that travelled to Hartlepool on Tuesday night and is aware that despite the result, they didn’t question the performance. Moore stated “we are playing some good football, the results are not where we want to be. Even the most ardent supporter can be honest to say we are playing better football but we can’t score”.

  • Only conceded 24 goals in their last 30 home league games
  • Only conceded two or more in three games – only one of their last ten
  • Only conceded two or more in four of their last 30 home league games

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without long term absentees Josh Coulson, George Elokobi and Charlie Lee. Joe Widdowson remains a doubt after missing the last two games with a quadricep injury. Jake Caprice is a major doubt after going off on Wednesday night with a hamstring injury. Myles Judd looks set to deputise at right back while Matt Harrold will be hoping to add to his goal at Tranmere.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 3, Draw 1, Barrow 3

Last meeting – 18/11/2000 – Barrow 0-2 Leyton Orient – FA Cup

  • Orient are unbeaten in the last three meetings
  • It will be the first league meeting in 47 years
  • Last League meeting – 04/04/1969 – Leyton Orient 2-0 Barrow
  • Barrow last won 05/05/1969 – Orient 1-2 Barrow

Prediction – Barrow 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“October Has to be Better”

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis is hoping that his side can turn a corner in October, starting with their trip to Tranmere tomorrow night. Davis stated to the East London Advertiser “one point out of the last 15 isn’t good enough, we have made a plan and October has to be Better”

  • Sit 15th on 17 points
  • League Record – P13  W5  D2  L6  F18  A22
  • Form in last six – W1  D1  L4  F8  A12

The O’s fell to their fourth defeat in their last five games against AFC Fylde on Saturday. Two goals from Danny Rowe at the start of each half condemned Orient to a fifth game without victory. Winger Jobi McAnuff did halve the deficit late on but Orient were unable to draw level.

  • Drew 1, Lost 4 – draw 2-2 at Aldershot, 23/09/17
  • Only Torquay (3) have taken less points in September than Orient (4)
  • Orient’s last win, 4-1 vs Guiseley, 02/09/17

Davis was disappointed that the game followed a similar pattern to recent matches where Orient have found it hard to break down teams Speaking to leytonorient.com post match “frustration in terms of allowing ourselves to get into the position to chase a game again, coming from behind, it seems to be a pattern of mistakes we are making and giving teams a chance”.

  • Orient have conceded the first goal in their last six matches
  • Orient have trailed for 331 minutes in their last 5 games – average of 66 minutes per match
  • Orient have only led for 26 minutes in last five matches

Despite picking up a victory in their first game in September, Orient have only taken one point from their last five games. Davis highlighted that there was chat after the recent defeat to Fylde, “we chatted about mistakes and going behind gives us less control of winning games. We have to recover from one or two down with teams putting a block on. We need to concentrate more at the start of both halves and work our way into games”.

  • Orient have conceded two or more goals in their last five matches
  • Conceded two or more in seven of their 13 league games
  • Orient have conceded two or more goals in 12 of their last 15 away league games

Striker Matt Harrold returned to the squad after missing out on the last two games and acknowledged that the side need to win. Speaking to leytonorient.com post match, “we conceded a couple of bad goals and we need to get back to keeping clean sheets. We realise we are on a bad run, five games without a win, four losses, is not great. We need to keep going, working hard and making our dominance pay. We need to start winning, in whatever way”.

  • Only kept three clean sheets this season – two away
  • Without a clean sheet in their last six
  • One clean sheet in their last eight – 1-0 vs Maidenhead, 28/08/17
  • Only Fylde (23), Guiseley (23) and Torquay (26) have conceded more National League goals than Orient (22)

Under Steve Davis, Orient have enjoyed large spells of possession but Harrold knows that football is all about the fine margins, “I don’t think we have deserved the results we’ve got, but that is football. It is about both boxes and we need to do better. We work hard and analyse things but they have not gone our way, it is down to us to change it”

  • Failed to score in three of 13 games this season
  • Scored in their last three and ten of their last 12 league games
  • Scored in four of their last five away games
  • Only scored two or more in two of their last eight games

With back to back away games this week, Davis highlighted that after his sides recent run of form, they may have to look at different options going forward. Speaking to East London Advertiserwe are losing games and conceding goals, we have to find a way of stopping that. We need to find a way of winning games and maybe we need to change something we are doing at the moment”. He added “whether that means going more direct or doing something different”.

  • Away record – P6  W2  D1  L3  F6  A12
  • No win in last two away – last win 28/08/17 vs Maidenhead
  • Last away results (most recent first) – DLWWLL
  • Only Solihull (13), Guiseley (17) and Torquay (18) have conceded more away than Orient (12)
  • Only Woking (288) and Guiseley (303) have trailed for more minutes away than Orient 

Orient travel to Barrow on Saturday following their trip to Tranmere tomorrow and Davis hopes that a result can restart their season. “You want something to kick-start you to get you going again. If we get a good result on Wednesday or Saturday then things can change very quickly”.

  • Have conceded 13 of their 22 goals in the first half of games
  • Five between 1-15 minutes – have conceded a goal in this period in three of their last four games
  • Six between 31-45 minutes
  • Nine of their 22 have been conceded in the first 15 minutes of both halves
  • 66% of their goals scored have been in the second half – including six in the final 15 minutes of games (Only Dagenham 7 scored more)

Tranmere picked up their first victory in four games on Saturday with a 1-0 away win at Bromley. Striker James Norwood snatched victory for Rovers with a strike in added time, moving Micky Mellon’s side up to 17th.

  • Sit on 16 points
  • League Record – P13  W4  D4  L5  F9  A9
  • Form in last six – W2  D1  L3  F2  A3
  • Only been five goals in their last six games

Mellon was delighted with the attitude of his side at Bromley on Saturday. Speaking to tranmererovers.co.uk it was always going to be difficult for a number of reasons but we were determined as a group not to give anything away.

  • Only scored once in their last three games
  • Four of their five losses been by just one goal
  • Only conceded two or more goals in two of their 13 games

Tranmere have enjoyed a sticky start to the National League this season, winning just three of their opening 12 matches but Mellon is hoping the result kick-starts them into action. “We know we have got to kick on from this, we have learnt from this about digging in. We have no massive superstars, it is a group of honest boys who did the basics right and hope for a bit of magic from people like Norwood to win the game”.

  • Home record – P6  W2  D1  L3  F6  A6
  • One win in their last five home games – W1  D1  L3
  • Last win, 1-0 vs Barrow, 9/9/17
  • Last home results (most recent first) – LWLDLW
  • Only Torquay (4) have scored less at home 

Mellon highlighted that his side stuck exactly to his game plan which he outlined earlier in the week, “we spoke about doing the basics right and not coming off the plan. Even though it is not pretty, back four stuck together with the midfielders in front and the strikers ran their socks off” He added “We wanted to pass a bit more but the game wasn’t like that, I don’t think we gave any chance and we always had belief that something may fall for us”.

  • Kept six clean sheets this season – only one at home
  • Only Macclesfield (7) and Wrexham (7) kept more
  • Kept three in their last five games
  • Only kept one clean sheet in their last nine home league games
  • Only Wrexham (7) and Dover (8) have conceded less this season 

Goal-scorer Norwood, was quick to point out that the result came from discipline shown in defence. Speaking to tranmererovers.co.uk luckily the chance game right at the death and I managed to stick it away. We were only in the position to win the game as we’ve kept it so tight at the back”

  • Failed to score in eight of the 13 matches
  • Joint most with Guiseley in National League
  • Failed to score in three of their last four games
  • Norwood’s goal was their first for 360 minutes

Rovers haven’t hit the form that saw them lose out in the play-offs last season but despite the win Norwood is quick to put it into perspective, “We take every game as it comes, we haven’t had a good start but we are only nine points off the top” With back to back home games, Norwood main aim is “to chip away at the nine points, then we will see where we are. We can’t look any further away than Wednesday”.

  • Only side in National League not to conceded in first 30 minutes of any game
  • Their last 2-0 wins have both come with goals in added time

It was only three years ago, Tranmere vs Orient was a Football League fixture but Mellon was quick to note that that was in the past, “Tranmere are in non league, Orient are in non league, it is about today. We want to try and change it but the past is no good to us now, we have to keep improving and moving forward”.

  • Five of their nine goals scored have come in last 15 minutes of matches 
  • 50% of their home goals scored in this period 
  • Have gained seven points in last 15 minutes of matches
  • 44% of goals in Tranmere games been in last 15 minutes – highest percentage in league

Even after going close last season, Mellon put Tranmere’s situation into perspective, “they know we have a tough job, we need to make sure we put a team together to move up this division. It is going to take time and results and understanding the situation. Hopefully we can move towards a team than we all want to see”.

  • Only Ebbsfleet (125) have led for less minutes than Tranmere (143)
  • Only led for 72 minutes at home this season – least amount of time in National League

Team News

Leyton Orient will still be without long term absentees Charlie Lee, George Elokobi and Josh Coulson. Joe Widdowson remains a doubt after missing Saturday’s home defeat with injury. Mark Ellis looks set to continue alongside Dan Happe at centre half with James Brophy to continue at left back. Matt Harrold will be pushing for a start in attack after returning from injury on Saturday.

Tranmere can welcome back winger Ben Tollitt who has missed the last seven months through injury. Jay McEveley is back in contention after missing the last two games while striker Andy Cook returns after serving a one game suspension at Bromley. Winger Dylan Mottle-Henry joined on loan from Barnsley on Monday and is eligible to play tomorrow.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 15, Draw 7, Tranmere Rovers 16

Last meeting – 26/04/14 – Leyton Orient 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

  • Orient have won the last three meetings
  • They have scored two or more goals in all three games
  • Tranmere’s last victory over Orient – 18/08/12 – Tranmere 3-1 Orient
  • Both teams have only scored in two of the last seven meetings
  • Tranmere and Orient have two wins each from last four meetings at Prenton Park
  • Last 0-0 draw, 07/02/09

Prediction – Tranmere 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“Winning builds confidence and helps us climb the league”

Leyton Orient Head Coach Steve Davis is hoping his side can turn a performance into a result tomorrow as they host AFC Fylde. Davis stated to leytonorient.com we approach every game to win, it is about turning performances into results, that is what we will be judged on. Winning builds confidence and helps us climb the league”.

  • Sit 13th on 17 points – just five points off top
  • League Record – P12  W5  D2  L5  F17  A20
  • Form in last six – W2  D1  L3  F8  A10

Orient will be looking to build on their 2-2 draw at Aldershot last weekend, the O’s fought back from 2-0 down to earn a point at the League Leaders. Goals from Cheye Alexander and Matt McClure put the Shots 2-0 ahead. Craig Clay halved the deficit with a header  before half time then Romauld Boco slid home the equaliser with eight minutes remaining.

  • Taken just one point from last 12 available
  • Last League win 02/09/17 – 4-1 vs Guiseley

Head Coach Steve Davis described the game at Aldershot as “a game of two halves”, speaking to leytonorient.com post match “I thought we started sloppy and were really poor and inexplicably we weren’t at it in the first half hour, in the end it could have been more than two”.

  • Only kept three clean sheets this season – just one at home
  • Without a clean sheet in last five
  • Kept jut one in their last seven games (Maidenhead 1-0 away, 28/08/17)
  • Kept one clean sheet in last 18 home games (Maidstone 2-0, 12/08/17)
  • Kept just three clean sheets in last 29 home league games – conceding 48 goals

Despite the terrible start, Steve Davis praised the Orient group, “it is a group who wants to be together, and spend and support the players that are playing. There is great spirit and it showed on the pitch”. He added “it was important coming to top of league, it was always going to be tough, at 2-0 you fear the worse but all credit for coming back”.

  • Scored 11/17 goals in second half
  • Six of them in the final 15 minutes of matches – gaining two points
  • Gained five points from losing positions this season

Boco’s goal at Aldershot was his second for the club since his summer switch from Accrington. The midfielder was pleased that his side were able to make their pressure count in the second half. Speaking to leytonorient.com “when you’ve got momentum, you’ve got to grab it and try to make it happen. From a bad game, we turned it into a good game and it could have even been better in the end”.

  • Only failed to score in three of 12 league games
  • Scored in last two games and nine of last 11 games
  • Last failed to score, 0-3 vs Halifax, 12/09/17
  • Bonne top scorer with seven goals, failed to score in last four games

Aldershot played a very open and expansive game last weekend with Orient struggling to contain them early on, but once Orient fought back into the game, it was more of an even game. Boco stated “ When we play football we play quite well, there is nothing wrong with the way we play. There needs to be more concentration for the full 90 minutes, we can improve and I am sure we will”.

  • Only Solihull (21), AFC Fylde (22), Torquay (25) have conceded more league goals
  • Orient have conceded 2 or more in 50% of their games – including their last four games

With just five points separating Orient in 13th and Sutton in 1st, the National League is very congested with Davis stating “I don’t think there is a really outstanding side at the moment”. Speaking to East London Advertiser no team has grabbed the league by the scruff of the neck and gone on a good run. I think the team which can get some consistency and from is going to the top then it is about staying there”.

  • Conceded 12/20 goals in first half – most in National League
  • Have conceded six between 31-45 minutes
  • Have conceded four between minutes 1-15

After back to back home losses to Halifax and Hartlepool, Davis is hoping his side can enjoy some better times at Brisbane Road. Speaking to East London Advertiser “we have to bounce back at home, our performances have been good, we just have been conceding sloppy goals”.

  • Home record – P6  W3  D1  L2  F11  A8
  • Last homes (most recent first) – LLWDWW
  • Only won one of last four at home – Win 4-1 vs Guiseley

After Aldershot played a mixture of football and long balls last weekend, Davis is expecting more or less the same from AFC Fylde tomorrow. Speaking to leytonorient.com they are a good football team, the play football have some ability in the team. They play a similar system to what we do, it is the first time for them in the league and are finding their feet but have players with talent”.

AFC Fylde arrive in Leyton on the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Woking last weekend. Jordan Tunicliffe put the home side ahead but two goals inside two second half minutes saw Fylde fall to their third defeat in their last five games.

  • Sit 20th – above the relegation zone by one point
  • League Record – P12  W2  D6  L4  F19  A22 
  • Form in last six – W1  D2  L3  F8  A10

Fylde have been on the up in recent years and achieved promotion to the National League last season after topping  National League North. Dave Challinor’s men have found life difficult in the National League this term, picking up just two victories from 12 games.

  • Picked up back to back wins over Hartlepool (2-0) and Barrow (1-0) on August Bank Holiday
  • No win in last five – D2 L3

Challinor was angry after his side squandered a one goal lead against Woking last week, speaking to afcfylde.co.uk I’m angry after that result, we have scored a goal and had opportunities to go further ahead but two goals in a minute after half time. We completely switched it from being in control to having the game taken away from us, that is the frustrating part”.

  • 32% of goals conceded  have been between minutes 46-60
  • Six of their ten away goals conceded have been in the first half – including four between 31-45 minutes 

Despite having 36 minutes to salvage a result from the game, Challinor highlighted that his players played for themselves rather than the team, “we didn’t look like a team that wanted to take responsibility and that’s what has made me angry. We had people making decisions that suited themselves rather than the team”.

  • Away Record – P6  W1  D3  L2  F10  A10
  • Last away results (Most recent first) – DLLWDD
  • Drew 2-2 with Eastleigh in last away game
  • Only Boreham Wood (11) have scored more away goals than Fylde (10)

Tunicliffe’s goal was his second in as many games but acknowledged that lapses in concentration cost his side against Woking. Speaking to afcfylde.co.ukJay Lynch barely had a save to make however we have ended up on the wrong side of the result again. You make your own luck in football and we need to take responsibility”. He added “there are fine margins in football between victory and defeat”.

  • Only kept two clean sheets this season – one away
  • Only kept clean sheets in games they have won (2-0 vs Hartlepool, 1-0 vs Barrow)
  • No Clean sheet in last five games – conceded at least two in all of them matches
  • Conceded two or more in 75% (9/12) of their league games and four of their six away games

Fylde’s last three defeats have been by the odd goal but Tunicliffe knows the only way to rectify the problem is on the training ground, “we keep on saying we have been unlucky but it keeps happening so it can’t be that. We have to go back to the training ground and sort it out”.

  • Three out of their four defeats have been by just one goal
  • Only trailed for 74 minutes away this season
  • Only Torquay (25) have conceded more in the National League

Ahead of their trip to the Capital tomorrow, Challinor is aware that with his side without a win in five games, there has been a knock in confidence. However Challinor acknowledges “we have to get on with because we can’t afford to waste time” afcfylde.co.uk

  • Have scored 61 goals in their last 27 away league games
  • Danny Rowe scored 47 league goals last season 
  • He has scored 51 of their last 128 goals scored – 40%

The 41 year old thought it was key for his side to iron out some of their problems after the Woking result “We wanted to get a few home truths out of the way as quickly as possible after the game, that way you can draw a line in the sand rather than having players dwelling on the situation and start working to improve”afcfylde.co.uk

  • Have scored in their last 19 league games
  • Last failed to score 0-0 vs Stockport, 21/03/17
  • Have scored in their last 13 away league games and 18 of their last 19 league games on the road
  • Last failed to score away in 5-0 loss to Salford City, 04/02/17

Despite taking the lead against Woking, Challinor’s side were unable to force home a second something which he knows they need to improve on, “we need people to be over ruthless, there is a tendency for people to settle for just enough”. He added “we can’t settle for getting one or two, we have to keep going and kill teams off, it has been our downfall at times. We don’t want tem to be stunned into action after we concede or go behind, we have to start from the off”.

  • Only team in National League to score in every match
  • Only Dagenham (25), Aldershot and Boreham Wood (20) have scored more league goals

Tuncliffe is looking forward to the trip to Orient tomorrow, “I’m excited about the game at the weekend. After a defeat, the first thing you want to do as a footballer is get back out on the pitch and put things right and we will be doing everything possible to achieve that”.

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without long term absentees Charlie Lee (Knee), George Elokobi (hamstring) and Josh Coulson (groin). Winger James Brophy is expected to keep his place in the starting 11 after impressing at Aldershot while new loan signing Mark Ellis (Carlisle) could make his debut alongside Jamie Sendles- White in defence. Matt Harrold returns to the squad after overcoming an injury.

AFC Fylde could recall Sam Finley after the midfielder recently returned to training after injury while James Hardy could make the squad after returning to fitness.

Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-2 AFC Fylde



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“I Don’t Think Anyone Here Fears Going into any Game”

Leyton Orient keeper Charlie Grainger insists his side must play go in and try and play their own game when they head to table toppers Aldershot tomorrow. Grainger who has played every minute this season stated to leytonorient.com I am not expecting anything special tomorrow, we know every game will be tough, we have learnt that. I don’t think anyone here fears going into any game.

  • Sit 13th on 16 points
  • League Record – P11  W5  D1  L5  F15  A18
  • Only five points separates 15th place and first

The O’s travel to the Shots on the back of three consecutive defeats, their most recent a 2-1 home defeat to Hartlepool last weekend. Jobi McAnuff slotted Orient ahead before they conceded goals just before and just after half time. Head Coach Steve Davis praised the first 40 minutes of the match but stated to east London advertiser “we can say we were a bit unlucky but we didn’t defend two set pieces well enough and that was the difference”.

  • Form in last six – W2  D1  L3  F7  A9
  • Away Record – P5  W2  D0  L3  F4  A10
  • Orient have won two of last three away games
  • Macauley Bonne has scored all four of Orient’s away goals

After conceding just before the break, Davis revealed the side spoke about keeping it tight at the start of the second half but a minute in they conceded a second. Speaking to leytonorient.com “the second half we wanted a good start not letting them having any opportunities but we didn’t and switched off. We lost concentration and focus in a really important period”.

  • Conceded 10 of their 18 goals in the first half
  • Conceded 33% of their goals between minutes 31-45 – the most in the National League
  • 50% of Orient’s goals conceded have been between minutes 31-60

Defender Jake Caprice acknowledges that his side do need to be more ruthless in front of goal, speaking to east London advertiser “if we are not going to take chances and defend from set pieces then we will get punished. When you are on top you need to punish teams and if you get two or three chance you have to put at least one away”.

  • Failed to score in three games this season (two away)
  • Only scored two or more goals in four of their last 20 away games

The O’s have struggled from set pieces this season and Caprice was quick acknowledge that “the boys who have come in are more than capable of keeping clean sheets. It does unsettle you when the back four changes but that has been down to injury”. However, he admitted that the lack of clean sheets recently has been a disappointment “first and foremost I am a defender and it is a shame we haven’t kept more clean sheets, there is a lot for me and the team to work on”.

  • Only kept three clean sheets this season
  • No clean sheet in last four games
  • Kept one clean sheet in last six games (Maidenhead, 1-0, 28/08/17)
  • Two clean sheets in last three away games

Davis acknowledged that the majority of the goals Orient concede have been from set pieces and knows his side must defend better. Speaking to leytonorient.com “We need to be strong and better. I think teams have relied on set pieces to score goals and we have let it happen too easily” He added “It is an area we now we need to be stronger, if you have got someone who can deliver with quality you have to deal with it”.

  • 44% of Orient’s goals conceded have come from Set pieces – 8/18 – including three penalties
  • Four of Orient’s last five goals conceded have come from set pieces
  • 38% of Orient’s goals conceded have come from crosses into the box

Caprice who lost 4-0 on his last visit to the EBB Stadium with Woking last season highlighted the strengths of the Shots, “they are a footballing side like ourselves, they will try and pass it and play so it will be interesting to see how they play”. Furthermore he highlighted “it won’t be like some of the matches we have played this season where teams like to hit it long and play off the second balls”East London Advertiser

  • Only the bottom five clubs have conceded more goals than Leyton Orient (18)
  • Only four sides have conceded more away from home than Orient
  • Orient have conceded two or more goals in 11 of their last 14 away games

Despite losing three games on the bounce, the 24 year old is confident on tomorrow’s outcome “we will go into it with optimism and confident we can get something from the game. I feel we are more than equipped to deal with the threat they pose and hopefully we can impose ourselves on the game and play our football”.

  • Orient last lost four league games in a row back in March/April 2017

After a dip in form, Steve Davis understands that tomorrow’s came at the EBB Stadium will be tough, “they are a good team, they play football. The full backs play high and we have looked at what they do. They are a very attack minded team and we know what is coming”Leytonorient.com

  • In Orient’s last 12 away defeats, they have conceded at least twice
  • Last time Orient lost away and conceded less than two – 1-0 Wycombe,  17/12/16

Aldershot host Orient tomorrow as they sit joint top of the National League with Dover Athletic. Back to back away wins has put the Shots back in top spot and Gary Waddock will be hoping his side can stay there. Their 1-0 away win at Gateshead came courtesy of a second half Fabien Robert strike seven minutes from time.

  • Sit on 20 points 
  • League Record – P11 W6  D2  L3  F18  A9

The Shots who suffered defeat in the play offs last season will be looking to go one better this season. Manager Gary Waddock missed the winner at Gateshead but stated to shots.co.ukit is a very good victory and a clean sheet. Three points up here is a valuable three points for us because it is always a tough place to come and they are a good side”.

  • Form in last six – W3  D1  L2  F5  A4
  • Won three of their last four games
  • Last defeat – 9/9/17 – 0-2 vs Dover Athletic

After the victory, Waddock admitted that his side had to make changes in order to stay in the game, “I always feel we can win, they came strong in the second half and we had to stay in the game”. Before the win, Gateshead were unbeaten at home but Waddock thought “we had spells of good possession for the away side. They were always a threat so we had to make sure we were secure at the back and middle”.

  • Only Woking (250) and Dagenham (317) have led for more minutes at home than Aldershot (210)
  • Last failed to score in back to back home league games February and March 2016 (0-0 vs Tranmere, 0-0 vs Torquay)

With back to back away wins, Waddock was very pleased to return home with maximum points “Ebbsfleet was a tough place to go and to win their was pleasing. It was probably wasn’t the best performance of the season but sometimes you have to grind out and be scrappy and we done that today”.

  • Only failed to score in two games this season – one at home
  • Scored in 14 of their last 17 home games 
  • Last 0-0 at EBB Stadium – 4/3/17 vs Lincoln

The Shots lost their last home match and assistant manager James Rowe pulled no punches to where his side need to improve. Speaking shots.co.uk we need to improve our home form, we are not disguising that and have to be realistic. The way the team reacted after the Dover game was outstanding and we hope to maintain the standards on Saturday”.

  • Home Record – P5  W3  D0  L2  F11  A6
  • Lost two of their last three home games – 1-2 vs Chester, 0-2 vs Dover
  • Had the third best home record in National League last season – Only Lincoln and Tranmere took more points
  • Only lost two of their last 17 home league games – W11 D4  L2 

With both sides looking to play expansive football, Rowe and Aldershot are really looking forward to tomorrow’s clash, “they try and play the right way, it should make for a great game as both teams look to play and open and attacking game. We are very much looking forward to Orient on Saturday, it should be a good atmosphere”.

  • Not lost back to back home game since November 2016 (1-2 vs Macclesfield, 0-1 Eastleigh)
  • Seven of their 11 home goals have come in first half
  • Four between 31-45 minutes
  • 44% of their goals scored have come between 31-45 minutes

Rowe highlighted that the players and management team are aware of what they will be facing tomorrow, “there is a great heritage in the club, we know what is coming and we will be fully prepared to give it our all as usual”. However Rowe is quick to acknowledge that “we have got to remember it is only one game and we must not get carried away”.

  • Kept the joint most clean sheets with Halifax and Wrexham (6)
  • Kept four clean sheets in their last five games
  • Kept ten clean sheets in their last 17 home games
  • Only Wrexham (6), Dover (7) and Tranmere (8) conceded less than Aldershot this season (9)

Team News

Leyton Orient welcome back winger James Dayton who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Craig Clay has overcome his hamstring injury which forced him off last weekend against Hartlepool. Striker David Mooney is rated 50/50 due to a shoulder injury however Josh Coulson is expected to return to the squad tomorrow. Orient will still be without George Elokobi, Matt Harrold and Charlie Lee. New loan signing James Brophy will be available after his three month loan from Swindon on Thursday.

Aldershot will be hoping that Shaun Okojie and Manny Oyeleke continue their return to fitness after both played in their 2-1 Hampshire Cup defeat to Eastleigh on Tuesday. Fabien Robert is pushing for a recall after netting on his last performances. The Shots will be without Nick Arnold, Will Evans, Will de Havilland, Bernard Mensah, Bobby Joe Taylor and Shamir Fenlon who all remain side lined with injury.

Prediction – Aldershot 2-1 Leyton Orient

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