Kevin Nolan is hoping his side can find their ruthless streak ahead of their crunch trip to Accrington Stanley tomorrow. Both sides sit inside the play off places with automatic promotion still in grasp but Nolan knows that “we need to find our ruthlessness in our play, when we are on top we take them chances and making sure we punish sides”.
- Sit 7th on 59 points- 2 points inside the playoffs and 6 points off automatic promotion
- League Record – P37 W16 D11 L10 F53 A48
- Away record – P18 W7 D7 L4 F25 A24
- Last away games (most recent first) – WDWWWD
- Only lost 1 of last 8 away league matches
Orient picked up their seventh win in 11 games under Nolan, following a 1-0 victory over Morecambe last weekend. Nolan’s men faced ten men for 78 minutes and it was an own goal that settled the game in the second half. Speaking to leytonorient.com earlier today, Nolan stated “I just thought the lack of quality was there for me to see. We did create some great chances and I think it’s the killer instinct we need to find”.
- Record since Nolan took charge – P11 W7 D1 L3 – only Oxford (23) and Northampton (27) have taken more points in that period
- Only failed to score in 4 games – 1 away from home
- Failed to score in one of their last 3 games but scored in their last 15 away league games
- Both Teams have scored in 22 of their 37 matches and 12 of their 18 away games
- But both teams have scored in only one of their last 8 games
Orient have been defensively stable under Nolan keeping seven clean sheets in 11 but the former West Ham man knows that finishing in the final third needs to be better. “We have been working on it for the past couple of weeks, crossing and finishing right, the goals haven’t flowed in going forward but we need to make sure we get a nice balance”. Five of Orient’s last seven wins have been by just one goal, “we are hoping that with the work we are doing, it will relieve the pressure with goals and it is important we get the execution right and I am sure it will make it easier to get them clean sheets”
- Kept 11 clean sheets – 5 away from home
- Kept clean sheets in their last 2 games and 7 of Nolan’s 11 games in charge
- Kept clean sheets in 4 of their last 5 away games
- 9 of their 16 wins have been by 1 goal and 5 of their 7 away wins
Midfielder Lloyd James returned on Saturday after three months out with injury and feels he’s in the best shape he has ever been. Speaking after his sides victory to leytonorient.com, James stated “it has been a tough three months with the injury and have done nothing but work my socks off. Credit to Craig and Pete who were keeping me at it and I feel as fit as I’ve done for a very long time”.
- Have scored 32 of their 53 goals in the second half
- 14 of their 25 away goals have been scored in the second half
- 11 of their last 12 goals have been scored in the second half
- Have gained 12 points in the last 30 minutes of matches – only Wimbledon (15) and Bristol Rovers (14) have gained more
- Orient would sit 12th if games lasted 60 minutes
James knew his side were made to work for the victory but “it doesn’t matter now, this time of year, you get the results and three points. If we can get in the playoffs or even better, they won’t remember a result like that”. Following a trip to Accrington tomorrow, Orient host Hartlepool on Easter Monday with James knowing that it is “a tough period”. “Two games in four days will be tough but I think we have got the quality squad to cope”.
- Orient have taken 23 point from a possible 27 when leading at half time
- Record scoring first – W15 D4 L3 – away W7 D3 L2
- Have won their last 7 games when scoring first
- Record conceding first – W1 D7 L7 away Wo D4 L2
- Only have one win in their last 20 when conceding first
- Have not won any of their last 11 away games when conceding first
Orient lost to Accrington earlier in the season but Kevin Nolan isn’t surprised at all by the form of Stanley. Speaking to leytonorient.com “Accrington have got a good, experienced manager. John Coleman I know off the field and is a good man. It is going to be a tough game, it always is going there”. Nolan added “With that scouse connection you keep an eye on them, I am delighted he is doing well, he always has good sides that like to attack and go forward. I am looking forward to pitting my wits against him and hoping I come out on top”.
- Top half record – P19 W5 D8 L6 = 23 points
- Have won their last 3 away games against teams in the top 8 with clean sheets
- Only lost 1 of their 9 away games against top half teams
- Bottom half record – P18 W11 D3 L4 = 36 points
Accrington host Orient with a huge opportunity of reaching the third tier of English football. Stanley sit only one point off 3rd placed Bristol Rovers with nine games to go, with the promotion race set to go down to the wire. Accrington picked up a vital 1-0 victory away at Dagenham on Saturday and it was even better their promotion rivals dropping points.
- Sit 5th on 64 points
- League Record – P37 W18 D10 L9 F60 A44
- Form in last 10 – W4 D4 L2 F13 A12
- Home Record – P18 W9 D6 L3 F36 A27
- Last home games (most recent first) – DWLDWDW
- Only Northampton (33) have taken more points at home than Accrington
John Coleman felt his side overcame a tough test on Saturday, speaking to accringtontanley.co.uk “it was a difficult game, we struggled to come to terms defensively in the first half, 2nd half we defended really well. We kept plugging away and you get your rewards“ Billy Kee netted the winner with Coleman describing “if there could be ever a fitting player to score, it was Billy, he was fantastic. That kind of performance, dogged determination despite getting battered from pillar to post, it sets him apart that’s why I think he is the best striker in the league”
- Kept 8 clean sheets – 2 at home
- Kept one in their last 4 and two in their last 12 games
- Without a clean sheet at home in their last 7 games
- 12 of their 18 wins have been by a one goal margin
- Have conceded 14 of their 27 home goals in the last 30 minutes of matches
With it looking a three way fight between themselves, Plymouth and Bristol Rovers for automatic promotion, Coleman thinks his side need at least one win over Easter for automatic promotion. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash “if you don’t pick up a win over the next two games, it gets harder as the games run out”. Coleman added “I personally think if we win six out of our last nine we will go up”.
- Have failed to score in 7 games (none at home)
- Have failed to score in 2 of their last 6 games
- Have scored in their last 24 home games
- Both teams have scored in 24 of their 37 games and 16 of their 18 home games
- Three of their last four and eight of their last 11 games have seen both teams score
Although Coleman’s side sit five points above Orient, the Accrington boss is aware of the threat that Orient will possess tomorrow. Speaking to accrington.co.uk “they have had remarkable results in their last five away games, winning at Oxford, Portsmouth, Notts C and Wycombe while drawing at Carlisle. They are one of the form teams in the division and they were top of the league for the 1st ten games, it should be a fantastic game with a good crowd”.
- 37 of their 60 goals have been scored in the second half – only Oxford (43) have scored more
- 22 of their 36 home goals have been scored in the second half – most in the league
- Accrington are the 2nd highest scorers in the league behind the top 2
- Have taken 25 points from a possible 27 when leading at half time
- Only Wimbledon 16 have taken more points when losing at half time
Coleman knows Nolan away from football, “they are a good footballing family from Merseyside Kevin is level headed and a good pro. They also have our former player Nicky Hunt in their side, we need to nullify what he brings, good passing and a good footballing brain”. Coleman continued “they have kept four clean sheets in their last five away games but we know what we are capable of at home, we can give teams a tough game”.
- Record scoring first – W14 D3 L2 – home W7 D3 L1
- Have only lost 1 of their last 18 home games when scoring first
- Record conceding first – W4 D5 L7 – home W2 D3 L2
- Top half record – P18 W6 D6 L6 = 24 points
- Bottom half record – P19 W12 D4 L3 = 40 points
- Have only won 2 of their 9 home games against the top half
Kevin Nolan will be without the duo of Jobi McAnuff and Callum Jahraldo-Martin who are away on International Duty while Mathieu Baudry misses the trip North due to suspension. Connor Essam and Bradley Pritchard left the O’s on loan this week but Nolan should have a fully fit squad to chose from. Lloyd James and Sammy Moore will be pushing for starts after their second half performances against Morecambe.
John Coleman will be without Matt Crooks who remains injured while Adam Buxton remains a doubt. Terry Gornell and Josh Windass could return to the squad after missing recent games with injury. Tarique Fosu and Andy Little joined from Reading and Preston respectively earlier today and are both available for selection tomorrow.
Head to Head
1 previous meeting – 31/10/15 – Leyton Orient 0-1 Accrington Stanley
Prediction – Accrington 2-2 Leyton Orient