Leyton Orient midfielder Sammy Moore knows that his teammates cannot be complacent tomorrow as Bristol Rovers visit Brisbane Road. The O’s continued their 100% record to their league season with a 3-2 victory over Newport last weekend. But Moore who spoke to leytonorient.com earlier today said “We know it is a good start but it’s just a good start, there is a long way to go and we have to make sure we repeat the last 4 games this Saturday”.
Orient were made to fight for their victory after being pegged back just before half time but Dean Cox popped up in the second half with the winner. Moore praised “Paul and Jay, Ollie, Blair and Coxy who have been on fire, all of them have been magnificent, subs have come on and changed games”.
The midfielder who joined from AFC Wimbledon in the summer has been an integral part to his side’s success and once again highlighted the ethos and togetherness within the club. “It is the best togetherness I’ve had since involved within football, we are a really tight knitted squad and taking it on the pitch. You see in training we have banter but work our socks off on the pitch”.
Ian Hendon stated after the Newport win to leytonorient.com that “Newport were more than worthy of a point so you have to look at our performance but to come away from home. We know there are going to be battles, we dug in and got the 3 points”. The character of his side will please the former Hammers coach who saw his side tested for the first time this term.
With a hectic start to the season, both O’s keepers Alex Ciask and Blair Turgott were happy with a week break between fixtures. Ciask who spoke to leytonorient.com knows his side need to play better tomorrow if they are to pick up another win; “after the first 10 minutes we didn’t play as well as we should, took our foot off the pedal and conceded sloppy goals. We need to play a lot better against Bristol Rovers as it wasn’t good enough today”
Turgott will have Hendon thinking about whether to start him ahead of tomorrow’s encounter with Rovers. Turgott scored and assisted after coming off the bench in his last two performances and after last week’s win insisted that “it is hard to change a winning team but for me trying to give the gaffer a problem when I get my opportunity, I want to play here not just sit on the bench”
Rovers arrive in E10 ahead of three consecutive wins which sees them sit 4th in the league on 9 points. Rovers, who were promoted in the summer through the play offs, have continued where they left off under manager Darrell Clarke. A 3-1 home win over Barnet last weekend saw Rovers move to 4th and they are in no mood to roll over ahead of tomorrow’s clash.
Clarke was happy his side picked up their third win in a week including 2 1-0 away wins; “there are lots of positives, 9 points and 2 away wins, some parts played good football but sometimes a bit sloppy but thought we thoroughly deserved the result”. Speaking to bristolrovers.com after the victory, he opened up about the change in formation at half time. “We dropped too deep and weren’t making right decisions on and off the ball. We had a heated discussion and managed to put it right. When we went 3-5-2 we looked more comfortable”
Rovers are relishing their trip to the Capital with midfielder Jake Gosling happy with his inclusion last weekend. Speaking to bristolrovers.com on tomorrow’s opposition he stated “they have had a strong start to the season but we don’t fear nobody , we definitely eager to play the best teams to see how we do, we will go down there fully confident that we can get a result”
Despite facing the league leaders, Stuart Sinclair knows that it is important to “prepare the same as every week, making sure we have the right information”. Speaking to bristolrovers.com today the midfielder added “Orient is a massive game for us, I know Orient are doing well, they are all good games, you prepare the same every week wherever they are in the table. Orient are strong, have a good budget and are looking to push.”
With both teams on winning runs, something may have to give tomorrow afternoon; Clarke has praised the impact that Ian Hendon and Andy Hessenthler have had since their arrival in the summer. Speaking today to bristolrovers.com, Clarke added “they have good players and have started well. Ian has gone in and turned it round, they went through managers last season but Ian and Andy have had a great start”
Ian Hendon has added Liverpool youth defender Joe Maguire to boost his ranks on a one month loan deal today after Shane Lowry finally departed Orient. Hendon was happy with his recruitment of the 19 year old and speaking to leytonorient.com earlier today the O’s boss stated “We have seen him on a few occasions and heard lots of good things. It is a good opportunity to sample League 2 football”.
The two concerns for Hendon will be Alan Dunne, who missed the trip to Newport last weekend and Dean Cox, who was taken off with a tight hamstring as a precautions. Both will be looking to be involved tomorrow.
Rovers’ only absentee remains Daniel Leadbitter who was stretched off last weekend in their victory over Barnet last week.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 39, Draw 27, Bristol Rovers 44
Last Meeting – Leyton Orient 3-2 Bristol Rovers – 30/08/2011
- Orient have won the last 5 meetings in League and Cup
- The last 3 meetings at Brisbane Road were: 5-0 (2010), 4-1 (2011), 3-2(2011)
- Rovers last win at Orient came in 2009 in a 2-1 win
- Unbeaten in 20 consecutive away games
- Last defeat came 6th September 2014 in a 2-0 defeat at Braintree
- Lost 3 of first 4 matches last season,
- Record in next 22 including 2 games this season – P21, W10, D11, L0
- 8 out of the 10 wins by a 1 goal margin
- 5 out of their last 6 away wins been by 1 goal
- Kept 7 clean sheets in last 9 away games, conceding only 3
- Kept 8 clean sheets in last 14 games
Orient’s assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler and Sammy Moore stated to leytonorient.com “Let’s worry not worry about them but ourselves and what we do with and without the ball. If we turn up at our best, we think we have too much for them”
Hendon could be set to name the same starting 11 for the fifth league game in a row however with Hendon change systems last week when playing against a 3-5-2 formation. Hendon reverted from a 4-4-2 diamond to a conventional 4-4-2 system in the second half with two wingers. Hendon stated to leytonorient.com after the Newport victory “we were a bit concerned with their 3, wing backs getting out too easy, tried to stick someone in front of them Coxy left and Blair right. Felt supply was coming more from wide than middle”
Watch Out For
Rovers netted in the first 2 minutes against Barnet with Lee Brown netting for a well worked corner. Clarke spoke about how his hard work on the training ground paid off and he spoke after the Barnet match to bristolrovers.com about the week off and “we can do more on the training ground, keep working hard”. Watch out for a well worked set piece from the visitors.
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Bristol Rovers
Orient’s hardest game of the season, I envisage that Rovers will make a strong start looking to prevent Orient from playing. With Rovers known for playing attacking football and the ability to counter, I think that it could be the first time that Orient fall behind this season. Hendon will have to change his side once more and it will get the desired effect. Palmer to net the winner.