Leyton Orient’s first team captain Robbie Weir insists his side are more than capable of picking about a result at Carlilse tomorrow. The O’s travel North to face the Cumbrians following a 2-1 victory at Morecambe last weekend.
Weir regained his place in the side following an illness at the start of the season and is glad to be back in the side “it is always good to get back playing, I feel a lot lot better”. Weir is keen for his side to continue the winning habit. Speaking ahead of the game tomorrow to leytonorient.com “the more games you win the more is becomes a habit. Hopefully we can build on last week’ s win and go on a run”.
Last week’s victory in Morecambe was described as “tremendous” by manager Andy Hessenthaler after the game. Liam Kelly struck is third in as many games before Jordan Bowery sealed victory with his first for the club. Hessenthaler stated to leytonorient.com “it was the best performance of the season without a doubt. To come away from home against top of the table, we knew it was going to be difficult, I thought from 1-11 we were outstanding”.
Despite victory, Orient still failed to keep a clean sheet however the reaction from his side after Morecambe leveled delighted the O’s boss, “the goal is disappointing, at half time were saying all the right things but five minute later we concede. It is avoidable but to respond in the way we did. I always thought we had goals in us, the front two were a handful, the two wide men were up and down and it was all round a very good performance”.
- Orient have only kept 1 clean sheet in 8 games this season
- Have conceded in all three of their away games so far
Assistant manager Andy Edwards praised the Orient squad ahead of tomorrow’s trip, speaking to leytonorient.com “we have a very good spirit amongst the boys, we have an excellent group, it is not the biggest but is very positive”. Five of the seven Orient’s substitutes named at Morecambe came through the club’s academy which Edwards’s was especially pleased with “there has been a lot of hard work over the years, the boys have put in the graft and they are getting a opportunity. Hopefully they can go in and establish themselves”
Weir is hoping his side can build on their recent wins against Stevenage and Morecambe, “it was a massive result last week and hoping we can show that tomorrow, we have been sharp in training”. After ending one team’s unbeaten record last week, Weir is keen to do the same tomorrow, “they are the only unbeaten team in the league, it will be a tough place to go. We can go there and make a statement. Let’s see what we’re about this year”.
Carlisle head into tomorrow’s clash with Orient after a 1-1 home draw with Accrington last weekend with Nicky Adams grabbing a point for the Cumbrians. Carlisle are the only team not to lose in the division so far with manager Keith Curle keen for the run to continue.
- Sit 9th on 10 points
- Won two and drew four of their opening six games
- 5 different scorers
- Last home games (most recent first) – DDWWLLLW
Despite falling behind, Curle felt his side should have beat Stanley but described it as a “point gained”. Speaking to carlisleunited.co.uk post match “we had enough chances to win the game but it shows the strength about the group both physically and mentally, we face challenges head on”. Curle continued “the pleasing thing is we are still undefeated, the players are coming off the back of an intensive period covering a lot if games and mentally it does take its toll”.
- A tough run of fixtures face Orient, Blackpool, Wycombe and Doncaster in next four games
- They have scored in all nine of their games so far this season
- Only failed to score in one of their last 14 home games (0-2 vs Oxford)
Curle was critical of Accrington’s game plan describing them as “spoiling the game” but understands that his side needs to earn the right to play.”We have got good players who believe in what we are trying to do, today we give Stanley credit”.
Goalscorer Nicky Adams praised the togetherness of the squad after the draw last weekend speaking to carlisleunited.co.uk “it is similar to what we had last year, we have good comardery where everyone gets on well. We all get on together but we understand that when we are the pitch, it is work time”
Adams joined the Cumbrians in the summer after gaining promotion with Northampton last season and doesn’t see why he can’t add another one to his CV, “there is a long way to go, it is early days and we will keep grounded. We do our own business, there are good teams in the league but we have a really good squad and don’t fear anyone. Collectively we will always create chances and score goals”
The summer saw Curle build a very decent squad at Brunton Park with Adams highlighting “we have so many talented footballers all through the squad. The lads who are not even playing are disappointed but get right behind us. We have real strength in depth, competition for places is always good and healthy”
With his side unbeaten, Curle still sees his side with work to do. Speaking ahead of tomorrow to carlisleunited.co.uk “we are not keeping a clean sheet, there is still work to be done, there are different ways to lose games as there to winning games. We always give a level of respect to the opposition who may come here frustrate us and look to quieten the crowd”. He added “if we score first, they have to go to plan b where they have to come out and play football. Our challenge is maintaining the clean sheet but being a goal threat not leaving us exposed at the back”
- Kept only two clean sheets in nine this season
The first goal tomorrow will prove crucial in the encounter, below is Carlisle and Leyton Orient’s recent record of when scoring first and conceding first:
- Carlisle have not lost in last 16 games when scoring first – W10 D6
- Without a win in their last 10 when conceding first
- Only won 4 of their last 48 games when conceding the first goal
- Orient have lost 11 of their last 13 games when conceding first
- Orient have won 13 of their last 14 games when scoring first – W13 D1
Hessenhaler and Curle went to blows last season when the sides met but Curle stated that all is well between them. Curle describe Orient as a replica of their manager, “The O’s are a team that replicate their manager: aggressive, combative and like a little rottweiler. They won’t give anything away”. Curle continued “This game will be about which team takes enough information on from their managers. We want to go on the front foot but they will be trying to stop us at every opportunity”.
Carlisle should have a full fit squad ahead of Orient’s visit tomorrow while Orient will be without striker Jay Simpson who remains absent with a back injury. Nigel Atangana is a doubt after missing last week’s trip to Morecambe.
Head to Head – Carlisle 21, Draw 12, Leyton Orient 22
Last meeting – 01/03/2016 – Carlisle 2-2 Leyton Orient
- Orient are unbeaten in their last 3 trips to Brunton Park
- They have won four of the last six meetings between the sides
- Seven of the last eight meetings both teams have scored
- Orient have only failed to score in 1 of the last 13 meetings
Prediction – Carlisle 1-1 Leyton Orient