Leyton Orient midfielder Josh Wright insists his side will do everything in their power to get the three points at Swindon tomorrow. The O’s who fell to 23rd position, 2 points from safety after Colchester’s draw with Swindon on Tuesday night, need to win and hope Notts County, Crawley and Colchester fail to win to keep their league 1 status. Orient were going down during their game against Sheffield United last weekend but Crawley’s collapse at Peterborough handed the O’s a lifeline.
Wright stated that “we will do everything possible to get the 3 points” but he suggests that the pressure could be off of the East London side as they know exactly what they have to do. “We have to focus on ourselves, we know our jobs. We have to do it on Sunday and roll our sleeves up”. Both Wright and Fabio Liverani hinted at a sign of complacency since their victory at Coventry in April “We thought it was done, maybe we lost our guard and the last few games hasn’t adjusting our position. Maybe subconsciously we thought we have achieved the final result; goods have to be achieved before celebrated”.
- Orient have worse record in the six games since 1-0 win at Coventry
- 3 points from last 18 available – Drew 3, Lost 3
Liverani believes also that a “miracle” can be achieved tomorrow with Orient’s 9 year stint in League 1 continuing “I still believe, firstly in my players and the results that can happen in the league”. Liverani maintained that their fate was in their own hands but after defeat against Rochdale, that hope was diminished “it isn’t going to be easy, no longer in our hands but we need to beat Swindon and then look elsewhere”.
- Swindon’s record against bottom 4- Won 1 of 7 games (2-1 at Orient) and lost to Crawley (2-1) and Yeovil (1-0) at home since Christmas
Swindon go into tomorrow’s clash with more than one eye on the play offs which start next Thursday. The Robins have had their play-off spot confirmed for the past few weeks with Mark Cooper “glad of when the regular season is done”. Swindon poor form since Christmas saw their automatic promotion chances reduce with their aim refocusing to the play offs. Cooper stated “we try and do everything for the best of the football club, club’s interests and future of the club”.
- Swindon were joint top at turn of the year on 48 points after 23 games
- But have only won 9of 21 games since picking up just 31 points out of possible 63
- Bristol City picked up 17 more points in same period
Cooper has been preparing his side in training for the playoffs which start on Thursday and the Robins manager hinted at that “we try and do what is best for us, the players having opportunity to be ready tactically and physically for 7th May”. In recent weeks, Cooper has shuffled his pack with criticism from MK Dons firmly being heard but Cooper insists that chances have been given to all his players before the play offs.
- Swindon home record – W12, D4, L6 only won 1 of last 4at County Ground
- Without a win in last 4 – form in last 6 – W2, D2, L2
- Only won 2 of last 8 games
- Record when scored 1st (home record in brackets) –W21, D1, L3 (W12, D1, L1) 1 loss in last 16 when scored first
- Record when conceded 1st (home record in brackets) – W2, D7, L10) (W0, D3, L5) only picked up 3points out of possible 24
- Andy Williams top scorer with 20goals but he has no goal in last 10 and only 1 in last 14 appearances
Cooper said his side are looking forward to tomorrow’s game “there is something on the game, it gives us an opportunity to sample a good atmosphere, players are ready for that” Swindon will play the away leg first in the play offs but will know tomorrow whether they will face Sheffield United or Chesterfield.
- Swindon have kept14 clean sheets, 8 at home but have only 1 in their last 9
- Failed to score in 9 games, 4 at home, failed to score in 4 of their last 8
- 11of their 23 wins have been by 1 goal – 6 of 12 at home
- 7of their 13 defeats been by 1 goal – 4 of 6 at home
- Scored 51%of their goals in the second half with 20% in final 15 minutes – gained 9 points in that period
Like most managers, Cooper hinted at the instability at Orient this year and credited former manager Russell Slade. “It shows just what a brilliant job Slade did when he was left alone to do his job. The group were not the most talented but showed great togetherness, work ethic and spirit which got them so close but something has changed” Despite the changes this season it appears that Liverani is here to stay with the Italian stating that “I have 2 years left on my contract and have no problem in staying in charge”
- Orient’s away form – W7, D6, L9 – 27/48 points away from home
- No win in last 6 games– only picked up 10 points from last 30 available
- No win in last 3away games, only 1 win in last 6 on the road, picking up just 4 points from last 18 available
- Record scored 1st (Away Record in brackets) – W9, D5, L2 (W5, D3, L1) unbeaten in last 8 away games scoring first
- Record conceding 1st (Away record in brackets) – W3, D3, L19 (W2, D2, L8) no win in last 5 away, losing 4 of them
- 7 of 12 wins been by 1 goalmargin (3 by 1 and 4 by 2) – 3 of 7 away wins by 1 goal
- 11of 21 defeats been by 1 goal – 4 of 9 away
- Failed to score in 37%of games – 16 out of 43 including 4 of last 10
- Kept 10 clean sheets but not kept one in last 10
Orient appear to have no new injury worries ahead of the game tomorrow while Mark Cooper is not risking any player who has a slight knock. Harry Toffolo (dead leg), Massimo Luongo (twisted ankle), Nathan Thompson, Wes Fotherington and Jonathon Obika are all set miss out with problems but all should be back for the play offs.
Wright hit the nail on the head in his pre match interview “Many believe we shouldn’t be in this position but we are in it and have to fight for our lives. We can’t look or change what has happened, the points are on the table and we are where we are”. Orient have offered free coaches for travelling supporters with Wright praising the support from fans “It is not easy, it has been a long tough season, demoralizing at times. The support can lift us and hopefully can play their part”
- Orient conceded 11 goals in the 3 away matches against top 3
- Picked up only 3 points from 21 against top 4
- Swindon won earlier meeting in season 2-1 at Brisbane Road, their first win in 9 games against Orient
- Swindon have only won 1of last 5 meetings between sides at County Ground – Orient won 3
Prediction – Swindon 1-1 Leyton Orient