“I am Itching to Play”

Leyton Orient midfielder Dean Cox insists his side are raring to go again tomorrow night as they host Carlisle United. The East London side salvaged a draw away at Northampton on Saturday thanks to a stunning 97th minute free kick from Cox. The draw sees Orient without a win in September and in their last 4 league matches.

Cox was disappointed with the end result as he felt his side did more than enough for the three points on Saturday. Speaking to leytonorient.com he stated “we are disappointed, we dominated from start to finish if I am honest, we created chances throughout the game but unlucky for us their keeper has an absolute worldieThe O’s were frustrated especially in the second half at Sixfields with Cobblers keeper, Adam Smith preventing Orient grabbing three points but Cox highlighted that “it had to be something special to beat him today and fortunate for me my free kick flew into the top corner”

The O’s face back to back fixtures at Brisbane Road with Carlisle and Notts County the visitors to Brisbane road with Cox hoping for maximum points from the two games. Cox praised the travelling away contingent at Sixfields stating that “at every away game we have got a great following, this year they have gone the extra mile and are like the 12th man”.

Paul McCallum suffered what looked like a serious injury on Saturday but Cox is hoping that it is not as serious as first thought. Cox has been a pinnacle player for Orient since the start of the season and insisted that “I just want to play games, I am itching to play, I can’t wait, go home and recover, come in Monday and ready to go Tuesday”.

Despite snatching the late point, Orient boss Ian Hendon said it felt more like a defeat, speaking to leytonorient.com post match he stated “the way we played throughout the game, their goalkeeper and the saves he makes, we are disappointed to come away with just a point”. However with Orient winless since he picked up the Manager of the Month award for August, Hendon doesn’t see any reason to worry. “I am not worried at all, we keep performing like we are, we will win more games than we lose, we shouldn’t have drew today”.

Hendon’s side face Carlisle tomorrow and the former Hammers coach is aware of the threat that the Cumbrians pose. “They are free flowing, scoring lots of goals but also conceding lots, we had someone watching them today so we will do our work and be ready for Tuesday evening”. With Orient averaging 3 goals a game earlier in the season Hendon knows his side need to be more clinical in front of goal “the game should have been wrapped up long before we got the equaliser in the last minute”.

Carlisle arrive in E10 following a shock defeat to league 2 strugglers Newport County on Saturday. The Cumbrians pushed Liverpool all the way last week in the Carling Cup, finally losing out on penalties to the Merseyside club. Carlisle’s manager Keith Curle rotated his squad due to the cup game in midweek but stated to carlisleunited.co.uk that “we gave an opportunity to see how strong our squad was, players had the opportunity but I don’t think they quite grasped it”. 

Curle added that he felt that “there was a massive effort on Wednesday night and the tank was emptied as a collective which is why I needed to freshen it up today”. Despite the number of changes, United still had a strong enough side to beat Newport according to Curle. But the former Notts County manager felt that a massive turning point in the game was when top scorer Jabo Ibehre went off injured:

“We started the right way but Jabo coming off injured was a big turning point and a big plus for them, I think we lost our cutting edge. We slightly lost our direction not having a focal point, we looked a bit toothless today but tried to play without any real end product”.

Carlisle have started the season well and their defeat to Newport was only their second of the league campaign. United sit 12th in the table but defender Michael Raynes insists his side “win together and lose together” Speaking to carlisleunited.co.uk he stated “ we never get too high, we never get too low, we’ve done well Wednesday but took a kick in the teeth today. Football is a very cruel mistress at times, sometimes you have to take it on the dish and move on Tuesday”. 

Raynes thought his side started well but highlighted that “football at times you don’t get what you deserve, it is one of them, we can’t sit here and cry about it. We move on to Tuesday, there a still a lot of points to play for”. United will look to build on their performance against Liverpool with Raynes insisting that “we have found out more about each other and more about each other’s character”. 

Raynes stated that “Tuesday is another game, going to Orient will be tough, it is not an easy place to go but if anyone can go there and get one; it is us.”. The defender added “every game is funny in League 2, everyone has got the chance to beat everyone, 11 vs 11 and see how good we are”. Carlisle will hope to bounce back from defeat quick with Leyton Orient and Stevenage next up for the North West side.

Team News

Leyton Orient are set to be without Paul McCallum who was stretchered off in their draw on Saturday, it is unclear what the damage is but McCallum went for a scan today. Cox stated that “there are a few knocks and we will assess before Tuesday”. Ollie Palmer looks set to continue in attack with Orient only having 2 fit senior strikers in their squad.

Cumbrian’s top scorer Jabo Ibehre will miss a return to his old side after injuring his hamstring on Saturday whilst Charlie Wyke also continues on the sidelines.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 20, Draw 11, Carlisle United 20

Last Meeting – 11/01/2014 – Leyton Orient 4-0 Carlisle

  • Orient have won the last 4 meetings between the sides
  • The O’s have scored at least 4 goals in each of those matches averaging 4.25 goals – Scoring 17 and conceding only 3
  • Carlisle last won at Brisbane Road in 2011  in a 2-1 win but that is their only win in their last 6 trips to Orient

Key Statistics

  • Orient have only conceded once at home this season in 4 games
  • Carlisle are the league highest scorers with 17 but also have the worse defence conceding 18
  • 10 of the 18 conceded have been away from home – they have also failed to keep a clean sheet on the road this season and are without one in their last 11 games in all competition on the road.
  • Orient have conceded first in their last 5 – drawing 3 and losing 2
  • Jay Simpson has netted in all home league games for the Orient

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-0 Carlisle

With Orient back at home and building on their performance on Saturday, they should get back to winning ways. They have a good record against Carlisle in recent games with Ollie Palmer looking to net his second of the season. Carlisle will struggle to cope with the absent Jabo Ibehre which will be a big miss for them.

Final thoughts from Cox “the draw at Northampton put us third, which hurts us a bit, we want to keep at the top, looking to Tuesday and Saturday to get maximum points. But we have to be more clinical” 

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About mattbristow271993

Boyhood Leyton Orient fan, but love football in general, any league. Football is my passion.
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