Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler is hoping his side can replicate their away form when they face Yeovil Town at Brisbane Road tomorrow afternoon. The O’s are unbeaten on their travels so far this season after a 2-2 draw away at Carlisle last weekend but have struggled in front of their home fans.
- League form – P7 W3 D2 L2 F11 A8
- Unbeaten in their last three, winning two, drawing one
Orient twice took the lead at Brunton Park last weekend but conceded an 87th minute penalty preventing them from making it back to back away wins. Hessenthaler hinted that there was slight frustration that they couldn’t see the game out post match however speaking to leytonorient.com he credited the passion, work ethic and desire that his side showed in the game.
- Seven of Orient’s eight goals conceded have been in the second half
- 50% of the goals conceded have been in the final 15 minutes of matches
- If games ended after 75 minutes, Orient would sit 1st after dropping five points from winning positions in the final 15 minute period
After back to back trips north to Morecambe and Carlisle; Orient will look forward to some home comforts this weekend. Hessenthaler’s men took four points from the two games away but acknowledges that his side need to take the form into their home games. Speaking post match to leytonorient.com “we are starting to take our chances if we keep creating chances we have to take them. We need to stop conceding silly goals and get it right for Saturday”.
- Home record this season – P5 W2 D0 L3
- Home form (most recent first) – WLWLL
- Last home game – Leyton Orient 3-2 Stevenage – EFL Trophy
Paul McCallum and Harry Cornick both netted last weekend setting Orient up for the win before Liam Kelly handled in the box late on. Hessenthaler understands that his side will need to show use game management if they are to challenge this season. Speaking ahead of the Yeovil game tomorrow to leytonorient.com “we spoke on Monday about managing the game at certain periods and perhaps we didn’t do it as well as we should off”.
For the second game in succession, the O’s conceded within the first five minutes of the second half which defender Tom Parkes acknowledges needs to stop. Speaking to leytonorient.com earlier today “We said at half time, don’t concede early doors and we did just that but we got back in front with a great finish from Harry”
The lack of clean sheets have not gone unnoticed by Hessenthaler and Parkes who both highlighted that the team have be keen on improving that this week, “we have spoken about clean sheets, we need to start getting a few, I believe we will get goals in the team from all positions. If we can keep clean sheets, we will definitely score. We have talked and worked on it this week” Hessenthaler added “the more clean sheets you keep, the more you are going to win games, it is certainly what we have got to do”.
- Orient have only kept one clean sheet in nine games this season – 3-0 win over Stevenage
- Kept two clean sheets in their nine home games
- Have conceded in four of their five home games this season
- Nine of Orient 11 goals scored have been from midfielders
- Orient have only failed to score in two of their last 14 matches in all competitions
Parkes who joined from Bristol Rovers in the summer has been an integral part of the defence in the early weeks of the season. The defender has settled well to life in London and with his team mates “we have a great bunch of lads here, we need to keep working hard, we jelled well and have a decent squad”. Parkes achieved back to back promotions with Bristol Rovers in the last two season and a key point for him to build on is their home form “normally teams are stronger at home and you try and nick things away from home. At the moment we are the opposite, we need to start turning it around on Saturday to try and build a platform”.
- Orient have won 18 of their last 20 games when scoring first
- Have only lost 1 of their last 26 games scoring first (Exeter 3-1 16/01/16)
- All 11 of their points this season have come scoring first
- In fact, 42 of Orient 44 points in 2016 have come when scoring first
- Without a win in their last 13 conceding first – W0 D2 L11
- Have just one win in their last 27 conceding first – Portsmouth 3-2 26/12/2015
- W1 D9 L17
Orient faced Yeovil on the final day of last season but a lot has changed at both clubs over the summer. Despite tomorrow’s visitors sitting in the bottom two, the Orient boss is still expecting a tough test, “they are on a bit of a sticky run, they will come and sit and make it difficult for us. Darren is a young manager who is just coming into management, they have a small budget and a few injuries so it has been difficult for them”. He continued “He will have them set up right, we know what we’ve got to do, be patient, play with a good tempo and hopefully get the three points”.
Yeovil arrive in E10 on the back of a 2-1 home to defeat to Hartlepool last weekend; their fifth consecutive league defeat. Two late goals from Pool at Huish Park leaves Yeovil in 23rd place with just four points. The Glovers started the season well with two wins in their first three games in all competitions but since mid August they have lost six of their last seven games.
- Have won only 1 of their last 8 games in all competitions – F2 A11 (4-3 vs Portsmouth , EFL Trophy)
- League Record – P7 W1 D1 L5 F5 A12
- Away record this season (all competitions) – P5 W1 D1 L3
- Last away games (most recent first) – LLLDWDLDLW
Despite the home defeat last weekend, manager Darren Way didn’t think his side deserved to lose. Speaking post match to ytfc.net “it is disappointing, I don’t think the players deserved to lose that 2-1. The first goal was very costly, it feels that way at the moment. The players are getting deflated when one goal goes in, that game should have never been two goals”. Way added “I have to make sure as a manager to work hard with the players and stop the goals going in, it was our base last year; if you don’t let goals in, you don’t lose games”
- Have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 5 games – 16 in total
- Only kept two clean sheets in 10 games this season
- Only one in their last 8 games
- Kept just three in their last 15 games in all competitions
- However, they kept 14 clean sheets last season, only Wycombe (17), Portsmouth (16), Oxford (16) and Northampton (15) kept more
Way was appointed at the turn of the year with the aim of keeping the Glovers in League Two, which he achieved however it is now a testing time for the 36 year old. Post match Way stated “obviously it is my first spell as a manager with the run of defeats like we’ve had. I have to make sure I respond and react to stay strong and make sure the players see through this faze”
- Away League record last season – P23 W5 D6 L12 F20 A32
- Only York scored less than them away last season
- Only scored 48 goals in their last 53 leagues games since start of 2015/2016 season
- Failed to score in 21 of their last 53 league games – including three of their last six
Way doesn’t mind how his side find their much needed win, “a win is a win, we have got to do whatever we can to get it soon”. With injuries to some of his experienced players, Way knows that it is important to keep the younger player believing in what he is trying to do, “it has been difficult at times, we have lost a bit of experience which means relying on a lot of younger players that haven’t had that pressure of dealing with league two football on a regular basis”
- Four of Yeovil’s starting 11 against Hartlepool were aged 21 or under
- Seven of Yeovil’s 11 wins last season were by a 1-0 scoreline
With just six points separating Yeovil in 23rd and Stevenage in 12th, Way acknowledges that there is not a great gap at the moment and a couple of wins you are right back in amongst the middle of the table. However the difference in the majority for the Glovers boss has been “in both boxes”. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game in Leyton, “we have had a lot of final third entry but not the end product. We have been asking the strikers to be confident and positive with the midfielders looking to shoot. We feel it is a matter of time with a little bit of luck that our fortunes will change”.
- Have only won one of their last 11 conceding first – W1 D1 L9
- Have only lost one of their last 11 scoring first – W7 D3 L1
Defender Alex Lacey returned in last week’s defeat from a broken arm and was delighted to back involved within the side. Speaking on tomorrow’s opposition Leyton Orient to ytfc.net “we have watched clips on them, they seem a direct side with quite a few long balls forward to the back four. It will be a tough test especially at the back to keep a clean sheet”
A familiar face for Lacey and Way will be facing former teammate Harry Cornick who spent last season on loan at Huish Park. Lacey is excited to see Cornick again however knows that both sides have some inside information on each other, “he knows how we play and the manager’s style of play, but we know how he likes to work”.
Way pulled no punches of what he expects from Orient tomorrow afternoon, “we don’t know how physical Orient will play but we will have to deal with the long diagnol ball which we have always had to deal with when coming to play Orient. We know both Gav (Massey) and Harry who were both here, the threat in wide areas we will have to deal with especially Massey who is very positive 1 vs 1. Harry was here last year and we all saw what he was about, we have to make sure we stop it at source and get there early”.
Jay Simpson and Nigel Atangana could both be back in contention after takig part in training this week after missing the last couple of games with back and groin injuries respectively. Harry Cornick and Gavin Massey look set to face one of their former clubs with Jordan Bowery set to continue partnering Paul McCallum in attack.
Alex Lacey looks set to keep his place in defence after completing his comeback from a broken arm last weekend while Ollie Bassett will not be included having joined non league Dorchester Town this week. Josh Ezewele and Darren Ward will be both be available after recovering from knee injuries while the only doubt for the Glovers will be Ryan Dickson and Francois Zoko
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 10, Draw 7, Yeovil 8
Last meeting 07/05/2016 – Yeovil 0-1 Leyton Orient
- Leyton Orient are unbeaten in the last four meetings, winning three to nil
- Orient are unbeaten in their last five games at home, winning three and drawing two – including 1-1 draw last season
- In only one of the last seven games have both teams scored
- Yeovil last won at Brisbane road in 2011, with a 5-1 victory
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-0 Yeovil Town