Chris Wilder takes his Northampton side to Leyton Orient in the quarter final of the Johnstone Paint Trophy tomorrow night off of the back of a 0-0 draw with Rochdale in the FA Cup on Saturday. Wilder hinted that his side will go with a game plan to frustrate the O’s, who have not won at home all season, hitting them with an attacking threat. Orient have struggled to break down teams this season at home with Chesterfield, Swindon, Preston, Rochdale and Colchester all hitting them on the break and leaving with three points.
Northampton have had notable away wins this season in the cup competitions, beating Wolves 3-2 in the League Cup and Portsmouth 2-1 in the previous round of the JPT. With Orient lacking in confidence after a poor start to the season, the Cobblers will be looking to equal their best run in the JPT. Northampton have only managed to reach the third round twice in 2012/2013 losing to Orient and 2009/2010 losing to MK Dons while on the other 4 occasions losing at the first round stage. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Wilder is hoping his side are on the up with key men in Marc Richards and Chris Hackett returning from injury. With one win in their last six, Town are not in the best form but both clubs know the form book goes out of the window in the cup.
Orient only have the league and JPT to concentrate on after losing 1-0 at Oldham in the FA Cup on Saturday. Mauro Milanese hinted that he was taking the JPT seriously before the Oldham game and with the O’s close to having only the league left, a cup run could kick start the season. Orient will be looking to replicate their form in 2012/2013 season when they reached the Area Final losing to Southend over 2 legs but with Orient’s best performances coming on the road they will need a result a home to prolong stay in the competition. Orient could welcome back Darius Henderson who is available after serving his 3 game suspension while Gianvito Plasmati could feature after missing the cup game at the weekend.
Northampton will pose a threat to an Orient side which has league 22 goals in the league this campaign and with limited confidence Town may exploit this. Without a home win since 26th April the crowd could get on the O’s back if Northampton frustrate them. Orient have failed to break down teams this season only scoring 17 in their 16 league matches. If Town go ahead, it will be a tough ask for Orient.
Prediction 1-0 Orient.