Leyton Orient manager Ian Hendon insists that his side are ready to overcome their “away day hoodo” at Crawley ahead of their meeting tomorrow. The O’s have failed to win all of their trips to the Broadfield Stadium and have only beaten Crawley once in 6 meetings . Speaking to leytonorient.com earlier today Hendon stated “I have been told we haven’t got a good record against them but records are there to be broken”.
Hendon’s side picked up their first win in six games with a 3-1 victory over Notts County last weekend and Hendon stated”if we perform anywhere near to where we have been I am sure we will get a positive result”. The former West Ham coach was happy to see the back of September as his side went the whole month without a win but was pleased how his side battled last weekend.
Midfielder Sammy Moore netted a brace in the win over Notts County including a screamer to wrap up the game and described it as “probably the best goal I have scored in my career”. Moore has been an integral part since his arrival from AFC Wimbledon in the summer and is enjoying his time in E10. Speaking to leytonorient.com he added “I want to play as many games as I can, I have really enjoyed my start here, the club deserves to be back in League 1 and I will do my upmost to get us there”.
Despite being part of a small squad, Moore stated that “the squad might be small but a very good squad, probably the best I have been involved in during my career”. However with competition for places in the middle of midfield, Moore knows that “whoever gets the shirt on a Saturday has got to make sure they keep it otherwise you don’t want to be sitting on the bench”.
Moore is looking forward to tomorrow’s clash with Crawley, “We are really looking forward to Saturday now, away from home, we need to keep it tight and get the 3 points”. Hendon understands that “Crawley will be a tough game, every game in this division is tough and we have done our work on them and we are looking forward to the game”.
Crawley go into tomorrow’s clash with only one win in their last 8 games in all competitions, seeing them drop to 21st in the division. The Red Devils were relegated alongside Orient last season but have found it tough to adapt to life in the fourth tier. Manager Mark Yates spoke to crawleytownfc.com earlier today urging his side “to give more of the same from Tuesday night, it was probably our best performance at home but the scoreline did not reflect that”.
Crawley lost 3-0 to Southend in the Johnstone Paint Trophy on Tuesday, but highlighted that mistakes are costing his side. “We were up against a decent side who punished us 3 times we made mistakes, we have to try and eliminate those mistakes”. Yates has found little home comfort since his appointment in the summer as his side still look for their elusive first home win of the season.
- Crawley are without a win in their last 7 games at home – drawing 2 and losing 5
- Crawley have failed to score in last 5 games at home in all competitions – last home goal came on 15th August
- Crawley have conceded 7 goals in last 3 games
Despite struggling in recent weeks, Crawley did suffer only 1 defeat in their opening 6 fixtures of the season picking up draws against Oxford, Portsmouth, Wycombe. Returning striker Gavin Tomlin ensures that his side know that “we have done well against better sides, so we need to pick up some performances and some wins at home, this is the bread and butter; hopefully we can pick some wins up”.
- Taken only 3 points from the last 18 available
- Scored 10 league goals – only 1 at home
With his side in poor form, Yates insisted that his side do not fear an Orient side which sits third in the division. Speaking earlier today to crawleytownfc.com he stated “we are not fearing Orient, we have heard they have some good players, they started the season fantastically well but have only one win in 6. We are mindful not fearful and we are desperate to get our 1st home win”
Orient had conceded first in 6 games on the spin before last weekend’s win over Notts County and Yates understands that he side must start fast tomorrow. “We will try and put in a performance that gets the crowd excited, gets the fans on board and makes them sing generating an atmosphere”
Orient added forward John Marquis today on loan from Millwall for 93 days to boost their attacking options. Marquis stated “It has been frustrating and chances have been limited, is an opportunity to come and play in a team that is doing well; an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down”.
Adam Chicksen looks set to continue in defence ahead of Frazer Shaw and Alex Ciask should continue in goal after returning from International duty with Austraila. The only doubt for Hendon is midfielder Sammy Moore who picked up a knock last weekend. Hendon stated to leytonorient.com today that “Sammy hasn’t trained all week and there are one or two others that have missed a couple of days here and there but we have come together now and it is all positive for Saturday”
Crawley are without the trio of Freddie Woodman, Liam Donnelly and Josh Yorwerth who are all away on international duty while the only doubt for Mark Yates in his selection is Lanre Oyebanjo.
Head to Head – Orient 1, Draw 0, Crawley 5
Last Meeting – 21/03/15 – Crawley 1-0 Leyton Orient
- Orient’s only win came in a 4-1 win on Boxing Day 2014
Prediction – Crawley 0-2 Leyton Orient
With Crawley struggling to score at home, I think it will be a cagey start but once Orient get the goal they will be in control and wrap up victory with a debut goal from John Marquis.