Leyton Orient first team coach, Danny Webb insists that three points at Blundell Park tomorrow would cap a fantastic week for his side. The O’s picked up their first win of the season in a 3-0 home victory over Stevenage on Tuesday with Webb setting his sights on maximum points tomorrow afternoon.
Webb who was appointed to first team coach in the summer was very happy about the togetherness the side showed on Tuesday night. Speaking ahead of the trip to Grimsby to leytonorient.com “I think Tuesday was the most together we have looked on the pitch. What impressed me most was the last ten minutes when Ollie and Jordan came on and were tracking runners”
- Orient’s recent away record – DWLLDL (most recent first)
- The win came in Orient’s last game of last season in a 1-0 victory at Yeovil
- Orient have failed to score in three of their last six away games
- Away record last season – P23 W8 D8 L7 F27 A30
Webb joined Orient in 2011 working with the youth teams and has slowly progressed to the first team. “It has been good, very different but I am learning all the time. The lads have been great with me. I am 33, it is a good opportunity for me to keep learning and amy enjoying more when we win”.
Tuesday’s win against Stevenage saw the first appearance of the season for striker Jay Simpson. The former Arsenal striker has been involved in speculation linking him away from Brisbane Road but Webb praised the front four’s performance on Tuesday, “going forward the three behind Jay: Coxy, H and Gav and as a four were unplayable, all round we were excellent, important we take that into Saturday”
With eight summer signings at Orient, the team against Stevenage was a mixture of old and new faces with Webb describing them as “a pleasure to work with, their professionalism and work ethic is excellent, we all have the same goal and are going in the right direction”.
As games come thick and fast at the start of the season, Webb is hoping his side back up their result against Stevenage at Grimsby tomorrow, “there is no better feeling that winning two on the trot, taking six points out of six. Wins on Tuesday and Saturday spreads a good vibe. To go to Grimsby, a long trip on a coach and get three points would cap a great week”.
- Since September 2015, Orient have only won back to back games four times
Keeper Alex Cisak was pleased that his side picked up their first win and first clean sheet of the season on Tuesday. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash in Grimsby to leytonorient.com “we had to wait three games to get that win, the clean sheet is good for confidence with the whole team, we have been working in training as a back four and hopefully it will continue throughout the season”
Nicky Hunt made his first appearance this season at right back on Tuesday and the 32 year old is keen to keep his place in the side. Speaking after the victory to leytonorient.com “I am always pleased to play games that is what I am here for, to win football matches and get promoted. It is healthy competition, you are always looking over your shoulder, you have to perform to the best of your ability to be named for the next game”
The win over Stevenage saw Orient net first in a match which is something Hunt thinks is integral to any game, “it was massive, the first goal in any game is massive, especially at home, it gets the fans on your side again and got them cheering”.
- The first goal is massive for Orient, in the past 95 league matches, 80% of the points they have collected have come when they scored the first goal
Grimsby will be looking for some home comfort tomorrow after suffering three consecutive away losses, most recently a 3-2 defeat to Colchester on Tuesday night. Manager Paul Hurst was criticised the first half performance of his side which saw them 3-0 down at the break. Speaking post match to grimsbytown.co.uk “the first two goals we gave them were against a side who is growing in confidence. We started the game fine but it is the goals in particular that kill you. The first two goals were a set play and a throw, we have to improve at it otherwise we will be up against it”.
- Home form – WLLDW (most recent first)
- Win came in opening game of the season in 2-0 victory over Morecambe
- Last three results – 3-2 L (Colchester), 2-1 L (Wycombe), 1-0 L (Derby)
Despite the deficit at the break, Hurst praised his side second half display, “we have to give the players credit in terms of the second half, we could have capitulated but we stuck to our task winning the half 2-0″ . However the Grimsby manager knows that his side have to tighten up at the back explaining that “to come here and have five good chances, score two goals, you can’t expect to get more than that”.
Assistant manager Chris Doig knows his side need to improve defensively but hasn’t hastened the attempt to bring in a new defender. Speaking to grimsbytown.co.uk “we are not worried but we need to be better, we have worked on things in training, we have spoke to them, shown them clips. We are working hard to fix it and eradicate the mistakes but when the lads cross that white line they have to take responsibility”
After gaining promotion in the play off final in May, Doig insists that despite what people may say there is a difference between the two leagues. “People say there is no real difference between the league and the one below. There is, you can’t afford to give lads a head start and unfortunately we are and we’re paying for it”. Doig continues “it is definitely more clinical and that combined with the mistakes we are making has contributed to us not winning games so far”.
- Last season home record – P23 W13 D6 L4 F44 A17
- 3rd highest scorers at home last season – only Cheltenham (49) and Wrexham (48) scored more
- Joint 3rd best defensive record at home – only Braintree (12) and Cheltenham (13) conceded less
- Only lost three home games in 2016 – a run of 15 games – defeats to Chester and Braintree twice
Despite facing one of the favourites for promotion, Doig insists his side are concentrating on themselves and sorting out their own problems “they are one of the most fancied sides in the league, one of the big spenders and will be expected to be up there, looking for automatic promotion. They have certainly got a squad that is capable of that and are a threat going forward with a lot of pace in the team. They are a dangerous opponent”.
Craig Disley will be pushing for a start at Blundell Park tomorrow after returning from injury on Tuesday night. Midfielder Sean McAllister is a doubt after suffering an injury at Colchester. Apart from McAllister,Doig describes the team as in good health, “there are bumps and bruises, everyone is back in training but some are at different stages”
Nigel Atangana remains a major doubt after suffering a shin injury against Stevenage while there remains concerns over Nicky Hunt and Dean Cox. Sammy Moore and Armand Gnanduillet will be unavailable after moves to Dover (loan) and Blackpool (permanent) this week.
Head to Head – Grimsby 22, Draw 14, Leyton Orient 17
Last meeting – 17/04/2006- Leyton Orient 0-0 Grimsby
- Orient have only won two of the eight meetings at Blundell Park (W2, D3, L3)
- Only one of the last five games has seen both teams score
- Four of the last five meetings have been under 2.5 goals
- Four of the last five wins in the fixture have been to nil
Prediction – Grimsby 1-1 Leyton Orient