After an unbelievable 8 wins out of 8 at the start of last season saw the O’s lead the way of League 1 until their form dropped towards the end of the season. After Preston joined a host of teams leaving Brisbane Road this season with all three points how have we done at home since the start of 13/14 season:
Played 30; Won 13; Drew 5; Lost 12; For 47; Against 34; Goal Difference 13 = 44 Points
But as pointed out before Orient’s form dipped after March, picking up just 19 points out of a possible 39 whilst Brentford 28 from 45 and Wolves 36 from 45. So here is August to March home statistics:
Played 16; Won 11; Drew 1; Lost 4; For 33; Against; 15 Goal Difference; 18 = 34 points from 48
Then here is the interesting point concerning our home form from March to Present.
Played 14; Won 3; Drew 3; Lost 8; For 15; Against 19; Goal Difference -4; = 12 points from 42
Orient have only won 3 times since the start of March with victories over Colchester (2-1), Gillingham (5-1) and Tranmere (2-0) with the O’s failing to win any home games in the 14/15 season. So what has been the difference? Well have teams found out how Orient play?change of system or formation? Well last season Orient scored a hat fulls of goals being the third high scorers in the division behind Rotherham and Wolves who both achieved promotion. Home form is important for any team and Orient gained only 2 few points at home than away last season.
Home: Played 23: Won 13: Drew 3: Lost 7: For 43: Against 23: Goal Diff 20: 42 Points
Away: Played 23: Won 12: Drew 8: Lost 3: For 42: Against 22: Goal Diff 20: 44 points
The facts back up how even Orient were at home and away throughout the season but how times have changed during this season. Orient have not won at home in all competitions only picking up 2 points from 21, while picking up 13 from 24 away from home. After such a successful season last year with Russell Slade and the players; there was a summer of change with Barry Hearn finally selling up. With players brought in with a higher pedigree, could this have had a negative impact on the dressing room, well according to the club NO. However if the rumours are true on the wages then some of the remaining players must be unhappy if their money has not been upped.
Injuries and departures has resulted in a loss of goals from the team with the likes of Lisbie, Mooney, James and Odubajo all missing. These players scored 48 out of the 86 goals Orient scored last season. At this present moment in time Orient sit 20th on 15 points after the same amount of games last year Orient had 38 points almost 2 and a half times more. The first 15 games statistics are below:
13/14 season: W12 D2 L1 F36 A10 GD 28 Points 38
14/15 season: W3 D6 L6 F15 A20 GD -5 Points 15
Orient scored 21 more goals at the start of last season over this season with Lisbie (10), Mooney (11), Cox (5), Batt (4) and Odubajo (3) all contributing. However this season is a much different story with Darius Henderson top scoring with 5 goals and the next highest joint with Jobi McAnuff, Romain Vincelot and Jay Simpson all on 2 goals in the league.
It took until the ninth game last season for Orient to drop any points and the thirteenth game until their first defeat but an opening day defeat to Chesterfield saw to that this season. The most damming fact is the win column with Orient achieving a quarter of the amount of wins this season over last season with a team that wants to be pushing on this is not good enough.
Home form has become a problem since the start of March but looking more in detail at the lack of goals averaging 1 goal a game rather than 2 and a half. With all the behind the season antics at the start of the season it was always going to be tough, but Orient need to respond on the pitch with results sooner rather than later.