“Everyone Knows How Important It is”

Leyton Orient midfielder Jack Payne insists his side must overcome the disappointment of exiting the FA Cup on Tuesday. The O’s lost 3-0 away at Scunthorpe in their second round replay seeing their potential tie with Chelsea evaporate.

The O’s were the dominant side in the first half but an inability to put their chances away cost them dearly. Goalkeeper Alex Cisak understands that it was an all to a familiar story for his side on Tuesday night, the Australian spoke to leytonorient.com post match. it has happened in so many games, play 1st half well and 2nd half do the opposite. We tried to play the same sort of football but unfortunately another mistake from us then a second from the corner”

Payne who has been a constant in the O’s side since his summer arrival from Peterborough knows that his side have to put the defeat behind them ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Yeovil. The midfielder spoke to leytonorient.com earlier today stating “that is football for you, if you don’t take your chances you are going to get punished. If we make mistakes, you get punished; at this level we are getting punished”.

Orient have been pegged back in recent games due to individual mistakes  but Payne knows that it is key to be better in both boxes, “We need to change it around, we have to put the ball in at one end and try to keep it clean at the other end”

  • Orient have failed to score in 2 of their last 3 games in all competitions
  • Only failed to score in 2 of 12 games at home this season and 1 of 10 league matches at home
  • Only kept 1 clean sheet in last 8 games in all competitions
  • Not kept a clean sheet in the league at home since 29th August, a run of 8 home matches

Payne highlight that the mood in the camp has been deflated after the Scunthorpe defeat but knows that it has to be put to bed now, “we have to put it to the back of our mind right now, got a league game Saturday, that is the most important thing the league; we all need to push on and win games. Everybody knows how important it is now, all our focus is on Yeovil

  • Home Record – P10 W5 D3 L2
  • Last 5 at home – DDWWL
  • Conceded 10 goals between minutes 31-45
  • 17 of 28 goals conceded (60%) have been in the last 15 minutes of both halves
  • 2/3 (66%) of Orient’s goals at home come in the second half – all of those are in the last 30 minutes of matches
  • Scored 1st in their last 5 games – taking 6 of a possible 15 points
  • Only taken 5 points from a possible 24 when conceded first

The O’s are unbeaten in the league since their 3-1 defeat to Hartlepool in mid November, a run of 4 matches but the O’s have only won 1 of those games. Payne understands that to challenge towards the top end of the table, they have to be winning games. “We are 4 unbeaten  but a couple of draws, we need wins really we know that, it is something we are trying to address and get more goals in our game. We feel like we have momentum now and just need to put it into the league”

  • There has been at least 2 goals in 90% of Orient home league matches
  • Orient have only scored 2 or more goals in a game, twice in their last 11 games in all competitions

There has been speculation concerning the future of top scorer Jay Simpson with the January transfer window round the corner. Ian Hendon suggested that Simpson could be for sale but for a substantial amount of money. Speaking after the Scunthorpe defeat to leytonorient.com, he stated “I am sure it will be a considerable amount of money if anyone was to make an offer”.

  • Simpson has netted 16 of Orient’s 33 League Goals

Payne highlights that his side need to give Simpson some help in front of goal, decreasing their reliance on the former Arsenal striker, “we need to help him, there has not been many coming from other people, think we all have to take it upon ourselves now and try to put a few more in”

  • Since the start of October, Orient have netted 13 goals in the league, Simpson has netted 9 of them
  • Orient have picked up 25 of their 32 points in games when Simpson has scored – P14 W6 D7 L1
  • Without Simpson’s goals, Orient would sit 19th on 21 points – 11 points worse off

Yeovil head to East London on the back of a come back 2-2 draw with Barnet last weekend. 2 goals in the last 10 minutes from recent signing Francois Zoko salvaged a point for the Glovers. The Somerset club have been in free fall since their promotion to the Championship in 2013, back to back relegations has seen Yeovil in plummet down the divisions. 

Darren Way has recently been appointed on a interim basis after Paul Sturrock was sacked at the start of December. Way was a coach at Huish Park before being appointed and after playing for the Glovers in two different spells as a player, he is a fans favorite. Way spoke to ytfc.net after last weekend’s draw to Barnet, “it was a good environment to be in, it is exactly what we need this year to complete the objective of making sure we stay in the football league”

  • Way is the 4th manager to manage a game in 2015 for Yeovil after Gary Johnson, Terry Skiverton and Paul Sturrock

With the point last weekend, Yeovil moved off the bottom of the league, Way was happy with the manner that the players reacted after his first full week in the job. “In times of adversity, you will find out what you are really about, I think you could see that from the players that if there was a question mark about me being manager of the club, that suggests they want me to be it”. Since Way’s appointment, the Glovers have won one, drew one and lost one, including their progression to the 3rd round the FA Cup.

Goal scorer from last week Francois Zoko feels that his side are progressing game after game. Zoko joined Yeovil in November after being without a club since his release from Blackpool in the summer. Zoko spoke to ytfc.net after the 2-2 draw with Barnet, “we showed we are progressing, we are showing game after game but on the table we don’t see that, we are sure we are going to progress. We think it will come and game after game we are more confident”

The Glovers are without a win since 19th September when they beat Crawley 1-0 away from home. Despite Way only being in charge for three games, he knows where improvement must happen if his side are to climb the table. Way stated to ytfc.netThey know they have to stop conceding goals, we have to do that but it takes time on the training ground. The most positive part of today was that the supporters turned up and saw enertaining football”

  • Without a league win in 13 matches
  • Only have 2 wins in their last 18 matches
  • Only York (3) have taken less points than Yeovil since 19th September
  • 5 points from a possible 39 available

Club captain Darren Ward is hoping that his side can build on their good start under Way, the defender likes the way that the new manager has started his reign. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash to ytfc.net we are in a tough position and need to battle our way out of it. The Gaffer is making it very clear and giving us targets to hit”. Ward added “if we are happy off the pitch then we are happy on it, hopefully a few more smiles around the club is good”.

  • Sit 23rd on 12 points
  • Away form – P10 W1 D2 L7  F6  A15
  • Form in last 8 – W0 D3 L5  F8  A14
  • Last 5 away games in all competitions – LLDDW
  • Ryan Bird top scorer with 7 goals but hasn’t scored in last 8 games
  • Did you know that 2 years ago today Yeovil sat 23rd in the Championship

Darren Way stated that it is key that in the short term he wants to have an impact on results straight away. Way insists that the key to building a good start at the club is instilling the belief that “we can win any match”. Speaking ahead of the clash at Brisbane Road “I think the big difference before was the mentality was hoping to win, we are trying to instill the belief that every game we go in to we are looking to get a result”

  • Scored in their last 3 games but failed to score in 6 of their 10 away games – no team has failed to score in more
  • Kept only 3 clean sheets in 21 and have only 1 in last 5 games in all competitions – 1 in last 10 league matches
  • No team in the football league has scored less goals away from home than Yeovil (6)
  • Conceded over half of their goals away from home between 31-60 mins
  • Conceded 20 goals in second half including 15 in the final 30 minutes
  • Have lost 8 points in last 30 minutes – only Luton and Dagenham have lost more
  • Have only scored first in 5 matches this season – W1 D2 L2
  • Conceded first in 66% of their matches this season – W1 D2 L11 – losing 5 of their last 6 when conceding first 

Team News

Leyton Orient will have Cole Kpekawa back available after being cup tied for the game in midweek. Sammy Moore is nearing a return but the game comes to quick for the midfielder while long term absentees Dean Cox and Paul McCallum remain sidelined.

Manager Ian Hendon pull no punches in what has to be done tomorrow when speaking to leytonorient.com earlier today , “If we perform as we have been doing in the last few games and cut out the mistakes we will get back to winning ways – it is as simple as that, We are not getting outplayed by teams, we are just getting punished for our mistakes. . It is clear that we need to take our chances when we create them and punish the opposition”

Yeovil have no new injuries worries ahead of their trip to Brisbane Road however Marc Laird, Kevin Dawson and Jack Compton remained sidelined for the time being.

Darren Ward spoke about Orient “they have been quite free scoring and free flowing in terms of goals. It is a home game for them, they will want to win but so do we”. Ward states that his side have prepared well “we have worked really hard this week, we have looked what we have to do, we are looking forward to it and know it is going to be a tough game”

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 9, Draw 6, Yeovil 8

Last Meeting – 14/03/2015 – Leyton Orient 3-0 Yeovil

  • Orient have won the last 2 meetings and 3 of the last 4 – keeping clean sheets in all of the wins
  • Unbeaten in their last 4 games at Brisbane Road – W3 D1
  • Yeovil last won at Brisbane Road in 2011 in a 5-1 victory
  • Orient have lost 2 of the last 8 games – both away from home

Prediction- Leyton Orient 2-0 Yeovil

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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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