“It’s a Crucial Time For Us”

Leyton Orient defender Sean Clohessy knows his side must beat their play off rivals in order to achieve their goal at the end of the season. Orient picked up their 5th win under player manager Kevin Nolan on Saturday against Crawley and Clohessy knows how important the recent wins have been.

  • League Record – P33 W14  D10  L9  F49  A45
  • Form in last 8 – W5 D0 L3  F9  A10
  • Only Northampton (22) and Wimbledon (18) have taken more points in their last 8 games
  • Away Record – P16 W6  D6  L4  F22 A22
  • Last away games (most recent first) – WWWDLL

Speaking to leytonorient.com ahead of the trip to Carlisle, Clohessy stated ‘the last two wins have been massive for us because we have got some big games coming up against teams around’. The O’s sit just inside the play offs by just one point but Clohessy hopes his side can be the late chargers into the mix, ‘there is an always a team that comes in late to the play offs by going on a run, hopefully that can be us”.

  • Only failed to score in 3 league matches this season, only Northampton have the same record
  • Only failed to score in 1 of their last 12 games
  • Have scored in 15 of their last 16 games in all competitions
  • Netted in 17 of their 19 away games in all competitions this season

Clohessy made his first start for Orient after losing his place to Nicky Hunt at full back and his manager was quick to praise the former Colchester man. Nolan, speaking after the Crawley victory to leytonorient.com Sean was very unlucky that he lost his place since I’ve come in, he’s been fantastic, he is one of the top lads in training and gives his all every day. He is a very honest lad and today his performance was fantastic and he deserved his assist”.

  • Both Teams have scored in 21 of their 33 games and 11 of their 16 away games
  • But only 1 of their last 7 games have both teams scored
  • 7 of Orient’s 14 wins have been by a 1 goal margin

Nolan was happy how his side responded after two successive home defeats, ‘I asked for a performance and I got it today. We have been threatening it, the lads have been magnificent since I’ve come in”. The win brought Nolan’s fifth clean sheet in seven games which has helped Orient’s move up the table but Nolan was quick to put the result today bed ‘we now have to go on a run and things turn immediately to Carlisle away on Tuesday’.

  • Have kept 9 clean sheets, 4 away from home including their last 3 away games
  • Have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 7 games under Nolan
  • Have scored 28 of their 49 goals in the second half including 22 in the final 30 minutes of games
  • Netted only 1 first half goal in their last 7 games
  • Orient have gained 8 points in the final 30 minutes of games, they would sit 12th if games ended after 60 minutes

Armand Gnanduillet struck both goals in the victory over Crawley with the Frenchman dedicating his first to his uncle who passed away last Tuesday. Gnanduillet who joined from Chesterfield in January knows the importance of a tight defensive display from his side ‘we played well today, it was another clean sheet which is very important for us. I was happy to score two goals”.

  • Have scored 9 of their 22 away goals in the first 30 minutes of matches
  • Opened the scoring 7 times in the opening 30 minutes of away matches – the joint best in the division

Gnanduillet has forced his way into the Orient side but acknowledges that his performances have not been consistent, ‘Notts County was a different game, I made a few mistakes technically and it was hard to play football. Today was a different game, ball more on the floor, everybody is doing well, the back four, the midfield and as a squad have to stick together”.

  • Record scoring first – W13 D5  L3   away – W6  D4  L2
  • Have won their last 5 games scoring first
  • Record conceding first – W1 D5  L6   away D2  L2
  • Have not won their last 10 away games conceding first
  • Have only 1 win in their last 16 games conceding first – last win 14/02/2015 3-2 win at Chesterfield

Nolan praised the performances of both Gnanduillet and full back Jerome Binnom-Williams. Binnon-Williams arrived on loan from Crystal Palace in January and Nolan states that it is a rarity in modern day football for a youngster to want to learn. Speaking to leytonorient.com he did well on his debut but today we saw what he is about and he is getting better and listening. That is one thing that young lads don’t do. He wants to do well and work hard, he has got all of the attributes to be a top player and we can only help him get better’

  • Record against top half teams – P16 W4  D7  L5
  • Record against bottom half teams – P17 W10  D3  L4.

Carlisle head in to tomorrow’s key clash with Orient after a 2-1 victory at Morecambe on Saturday. The Cumbrians fell behind in the first half but a penalty from Charlie Wyke and a Derek Asamoah late goal gave them the win. Manager Keith Curle knows that his side have two great games which could help to cement their push into the playoffs.

  • League Record – P31 W13  D10  L8  F49  A44
  • Form in last 8 – W3 D3  L2  F7  A5  – only Northampton have conceded less in their last 8 games
  • Home Record – P15 W8  D4  L3  F28  A20
  • Last home games (most recent first) – WWLDD
  • Only Portsmouth (29) and Accrington (31) have scored more goals at home

Following the home game with Orient, Carlisle host league leaders Northampton n Saturday with Curle describing it as a massive week for his side. Carlisle sit 11th on 49 points, just three points outside the play offs with two games in hand and Curle stated to carlisleunited.co.uk ‘if Carlisle reach the play offs, we will go up”.

  • Only 7 points separates Carlisle in 11th and Accrington in 4th

Curle revealed to carlisleunited.co.uk that despite his side being 1-0 down at half time, he believed his side would still pick up the points, ‘we were glad to come off the pitch at half time 1-0, we knew that within the changing room we can score goals and win games. It was a fitting way that we were playing towards our fans in the second half’.

  • Have kept 6 clean sheets – 4 at home
  • Kept 2 in their last 6 games (both at home)
  • Kept 3 in their last 12 in all competitions
  • Have conceded in 14 of their 18 home matches this season

Curle felt his side were flat in the first period and acknowledged that his management team will have to look at the preparation before key games. Speaking on yesterday to Carlisle.united.co.uk everything will be spot on, the players have changed their routines from this weekend. The lads are fresh and have been rested, we want to be right and give ourselves the best opportunity to put in two performances that send message to other people’.

  • Have failed to score in 6 games, 2 of them at home
  • Failed to score in 2 of their last 5 games
  • Have scored in 9 of their last 10 home league matches
  • Both Teams have scored in 20 of their 31 games and 9 of their 15 home games

Michael Raynes revealed that little was said at half time at Morecambe, speaking to carlsileunited.co.uk yesterday ‘we’ve got our standards, we know them, the lads know when we are not hitting our heights. We know we can’t be on top every game but it is about the character to stay in games and ride them out”.

Raynes who was named in the Carling Cup team of the season after his impressive performances in his sides run knows that it is ‘a hell of a week’ for his side. ‘We have two great tests, Orient are one of the biggest clubs in this league. We have the top scorer coming against us but we are going to enjoy ourselves and see where we are’.

  • 10 of their 13 wins have been by 1 goal and 5 of their 8 home wins
  • Have scored 27 of their 49 goals in the second half including 13 in the last 15 minutes of games
  • Carlisle would sit 17th if games ended after 75 minutes
  • Only Bristol Rovers (11) have gained as many points as Carlisle in that period
  • 15 of their 28 home goals have been scored in the first half

Curle worked with Orient striker Jay Simpson in his time at QPR and knows his strengths and weaknesses ‘he is a big threat, has a good work mentality and work ethic, he comes alive in and around the box but he doesn’t like chasing play or going the other way’. Curle was coy on whether his side would play four or three at the back for the game or have a man marker for Simpson but he feels that his side have enough threats of their own to cause Orient problems.

  • Record scoring first – W8 D5  L2  home  – W6  D2  L1
  • Record conceding first- W5 D4 L6 home – W2 D2 L2
  • No team has taken more points from losing positions than Carlisle (19)
  • Only 13 of their 49 points have come against top half sides – record against top half P14  W2  D7  L5
  • Record against bottom half – P17 W11  D3  L3

Team News

Carlisle will be without on loan QPR midfielder Brandon Comley who has been sent back to London to see the extent of his injury picked up at Morecambe. Striker Derek Asamoah will be pushing for a recall to the starting 11 after netting the winner at the Globe Arena.

Orient will still be without the duo of Dean Cox and Paul McCallum who are continuing their rehab from knee injuries while the game comes to quick for Lloyd James who is still not up to full fitness. Jobi McAnuff remains the only doubt after missing the win over Crawley after picking up a ankle injury in training last week.

Nolan knows how important the end of the season push for his side is ‘ they are all big games, there are 13 left, we have to make sure that come the end of the season we are on top of that league, we are on 52 points now and are looking to get in and around it. We hope to continue our form going to Carlisle, it will be a tough game but one we should go into with lots of confidence’.

Head to Head – Carlisle 21,   Draw  11,    Leyton Orient 20

Last meeting – 29/09/2015 – Leyton Orient 1-2 Carlisle United

  • The last game was Orient’s first defeat in the past five games
  • Orient have scored 18 goals in their last 5 matches against Carlisle
  • Scored 9 in their last two visits to Brunton Park
  • Orient have only lost 1 of their last 6 games at Brunton Park (W4, D1, L1)
  • Orient last defeat at Brunton Park came in 2012 in a 4-1 loss
  • Both Teams have scored in 6 of the last 7 meetings with at least 3 goals in the last 7 meetings
  • Last 0-0 came in 2011


Prediction – Carlisle 1-1 Leyton Orient

About mattbristow271993

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