Leyton Orient defender Alan Dunne has urged the O’s fans to play a big role at Dagenham tomorrow afternoon. The O’s make the short trip to Victoria Road tomorrow after seeing their side exit the League Cup on Tuesday. Dunne, who was a summer signing from Millwall, spoke to Leytonorient.com yesterday and praised the fans in the first two games of the season.
“It’s not too far for fans to come and it is a derby game, they were great at MK and made lots of noise. We need them throughout the season both home and away because they are part of a successful team”.
Dunne made to the switch to East London late on in the summer after his 15 years at Millwall came to an end but the defender is looking forward to the rest of the season. “It was really pleasing to get my first start, I am getting there fitness wise and training hard every day. I want to get in the team and feel that I put a good shift in”.
He added “the league is our priority and always will be. It would have been nice to get a result but it is all about Saturday. We will learn from defeat”
The O’s suffered late heartbreak on Tuesday night as they conceded two goals in the final 3 minutes to lose at Milton Keynes. O’s manager Ian Hendon was happy with his side’s performance, speaking to Orientplayer post match “I am making no excuses and I don’t have to, to be fair we have come to a Championship club and performed really well and probably should have won the game. The boys will be disappointed but the performance was superb”.
The performance at MK was far from the 6-1 defeat Orient suffered in the league back in April and highlights the progress the side has made with Hendon at the helm. In the first two matches of the season, Hendon has tinkered with his formations to get the best from his side. On Tuesday Hendon rotated his squad to play a 4-4-1-1 and it was almost the perfect away performance barring the last 5 minutes.
The team mixed some young lads with some experience pro’s with Hendon happy with how they performed, “they are going to take a while to settle down, it is a new environment for Blair especially where he has come from, Kashket is a young lad and it is a big learning curve from the young ones”
Despite the defeat Orient are raring to go at Dagenham looking for their second win of the season with both Dunne and Hendon aware of what threat Dagenham possess:
Hendon “Really excited, by the sounds of things it is going to be a full house at Dagenham. There is a rivalry there, I know Wayne and Warren and we are really looking forward to the game and if we keep performing like the first 2 games we will be fine.
Dunne “I know Wayne Burnett and I know what he is about. He will have them right up for it. It will be a difficult game but if we go there and show the same quality that we did in midweek, I have no doubt that we can go and beat Dagenham”
Burnett started his footballing career at the Orient back in 1989 and will be looking to get one over on his old side. It hasn’t been a good start to the season of the Daggers with an 3-0 opening day defeat at Portsmouth followed up by a 4-1 League cup defeat at Charlton on Tuesday night.
Despite defeat Daggers coach Darren Currie is positive going into the local derby tomorrow. Speaking to Daggersplayer post Charlton he stated “there were spells in the first half where we put together good spells and passages looking threatening but obviously contributed to the downfall at the back”.
7 goals conceded in two matches will concern the management staff at Dagenham but Currie added “you never get to high with victory or too low with defeat, there were positive to take from today but 7 goals in 3 days, I would say we contributed to at least 5 of them”. I
Daggers midfielder Ashley Chambers assisted Christian Doidge’s consolation goal on Tuesday night and echoed Currie’s words when he spoke to Daggersplayer yesterday. “Obviously the way the manager like to play it is very attacking but we need to start being a bit uglier, keep more clean sheets and obviously still scoring. We are trying to work harder as a team and be a lot more solid”.
- Dagenham kept 15 clean sheets last season, where 10 of them achieved at home
- Dagenham conceded 26 goals at home last season
- Dagenham won 9 games at home last season but only 1 was by a 1 goal margin. (6 wins were by 2 goals)
Chambers is pushing for a start after coming off the bench and impressing on Tuesday, “I hope to start, I was very disappointed not to start on Saturday, once the decision was made, just have to make myself undroppable and haven’t done myself any harm” The former Cambridge man is excited by the prospect of the game tomorrow afternoon, “Orient were in the league above last year went we played them in the JPT, it was a great occassion, there will be a lot of fans and should be a great atmosphere. It should be a great game, you are always wanting to play a big team and Orient are that”
Ian Hendon looks set to have a fully fit squad ahead of the trip to Victoria Road tomorrow, the O’s manager made 4 changes at” Milton Keynes on Tuesday but Lloyd James, Fraser Shaw and Jay Simpson look set to return. Paul McCallum didn’t travel on Tuesday but Hendon stated post match that “he picked up a knock but hope if ready for Saturday”
Hendon could return to his 4-4-2 diamond shape despite the problems faced in the first half in their win against Barnet last weekend but Mathieu Baudry is confident of picking up three points tomorrow. He spoke to leytonorient.com today:
“We just have to try and carry on what we have been doing and put the same work, discipline and quality into this game as we have done for the past two. We have a lot of quality in the team and hopefully we can show that at the weekend”
Wayne Burnett made 5 changes to his side that traveled to Charlton in midweek but Jamie Cureton and Ashley Hemmings are pushing for recalls. Christian Doidge will be pushing for a start after his goal on Tuesday while Cureton will be looking to strike against one of many former clubs.
- Cureton netted 19 league goals last season – 8 of which were at home
Head to Head – Dagenham 5, Leyton Orient 4, Draw 2
Last meeting – 07/10/14 JPT – Dagenham 0-2 Leyton Orient
- The sides have only met twice in the league in the 2010/2011 where Dagenham won at home (2-0) and a 0-0 at Leyton Orient
- Dagenham have not won in 90 minutes in the last 5 meetings between the sides
- Last victory for Dagenham was a 2-0 win in the League in 2010
- Orient have only won once away to Dagenham in a memorable 5-4 victory in the FA Cup back in 1992
Prediction – Dagenham 1-3 Leyton Orient
It will be a tightly contested game with Orient’s quality prevailing in the end. Cureton to score for Dagenham, it seems inevitable having only hit 1 goal in 17 appearance for the O’s
Sources – Leytonorient.com and daggers.co.uk