Leyton Orient midfielder Nigel Atangana is hoping his side can pick up only their second home league win of the season tomorrow. The O’s host Crewe Alexandra,staring at the reality of a sixth league defeat in a row if they lose tomorrow afternoon.
- Orient sit 20th on 15 points
- Just three points off the relegation places but just five off of the playoffs
- League Record – P14 W4 D3 L7 F16 A18
Orient have lost six of their seven home game in the league but Atangana knows that his side should be buoyed by their 3-1 away win at Hartlepool last weekend. Orient fell behind on the stroke of half time but fought back in the second half, seeing them pick up their first win in eight league games.
- Home record – P7 W1 D0 L6 F5 A9
- Only Exeter (1) have taken less point at home than Orient (3)
- Last home (most recent first) – LLLLWLWLL
- Form in last 8 – W1 D2 L5 F7 A12
- Only Newport (3) have taken less points in their last 8 games
Atangana who spoke to leytonorient.com earlier today stated “it was a good performance last week, we started well then it got a bit difficult and conceded. But the reaction was very good, it was hard situation but we reacted well and scored three goals”.
Midfieder Robbie Weir returned at Hartlepool after suspension but acknowledges that the win at Pool means nothing if it is not backed up at home to Crewe. Weir revealed that their were choice words said at half time after Orient conceded from another set piece but was pleased with how his team defended.
- 8 of their 23 goals conceded in all competitions have been from set pieces
Speaking to leytonorient.com post match “There were choice words with how sloppy the goal was but there were some fantastic blocks and we defended well. But we need to kick on, we can’t get carried away because we won one game. Today means nothing if we don’t win next week”.
- Only Hartlepool (16) have conceded more second half goals than Leyton Orient (14)
- Only Newport (8) have conceded more goals in the last 15 minutes of games than Orient (7)
- Orient would sit 8th on 21 points if games ended on 75 minutes, dropping a league high of 6 points in that period
The win was the first for manager Alberto Cavasin who is hoping that it provided a spark for his side to move forward. Speaking to leytonorient.com after the win “we needed to make this leap and get that first win. When you find yourselves on a run without victory, it is not easy to find that turning point but hopefully we have managed to do that”.
- Only kept two clean sheets in 17 games this season
- Failed to keep a clean sheet in the last four games
- Kept only one in their last 13 matches
- Only kept one clean sheet in their nine home matches this season – conceding in the last six
With another full week of preparation before the visit of Crewe tomorrow, Atangana feels that the team has now fully come to terms with Cavasin’s style of play. Speaking ahead of tomorrow to leytonorient.com “it can be difficult, he is not from England and not talking English but we have to deal with that. It is alright now, we know the way he wants to play and we are more comfortable”.
- Scored in their last two games
- Only scored two or more in one of their last eight games (last weekend’s 3-1 win)
- Failed to scored in four of their nine home matches
Cavasin has already suffered two home defeats in his reign but is looking for his side to show some of the away performances in front of their home supporters, “we need to build on last week’s win, there is no reason why we cannot start replicating away results at home, if we are to start moving up the table then results and performances must improve”.
Atangana is expecting a tough encounter with Crewe tomorrow and revealed that his side have worked a lot on keeping possession in training this week. Speaking to leytonorient.com earlier today “we have worked a lot on possession, we have to keep the ball well and move the ball quickly. Switch the ball a lot, we have watched a lot of videos on Crewe and it will be a good tough game”.
- Record scoring first – W3 D2
- Have not scored first in last eight games
- Have won 13 of their last 15 games scoring first
- Only lost 1 of their last 21 scoring first (Exeter 16/01/16) – W14 D6 L1
Despite a dip in form from their visitors tomorrow, Cavasin highlights that they will still be coming to pick points up, “they are a solid team, they like to play football on the ground. They are a well organised team and though the results have not quite gone their way, they will be keen to come and pick up the points”.
- Record conceding first – W1 L7 ( 6/7 are home defeats)
- Last weekend’s win at Pool, was Orient’s first in 17 games conceding first
- Have not won their last 11 home games conceding first
- Lost all 11 games, scoring only four goals in the process
Crewe arrive in E10 on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Yeovil last weekend continuing their recent dip in form. Alex are without a win in their last seven games in all competitions and will be hoping for their fortunes to change at Brisbane Road tomorrow.
- Sit in 12th on 19 points
- Just a point outside the play off places
- League Record – P14 W4 D7 L3 F17 A18
- Have drew four of their last six games in all competitions
Despite defeat to Yeovil, manager Steve Davis thought his side played well but were not clinical enough in front of goal. Speaking to crewealex.net “I thought we created some good chances in the first half in particular, when we get these chances they have to go in We hit the bar twice and almost were thinking it wasn’t going to be our day”
- Away Record – P7 W2 D3 L2 F8 A11
- Last aways (most recent first) – DDLWWLLWW
- Form in last 8 – W2 D4 L2 F9 A10
Davis was disappointed that a set piece won the game but acknowledges that his side needed to be more inventive in the final third to create openings with teams sitting deep. “Sometimes it comes down to a mistake, misfortune and a bit of luck but we were not clinical enough, we were the better team but we needed to be a little patient”. He continued “we need to keep doing what we are doing, keep moving the ball to find right passes. When teams set up tight, you need to be clever; there was endeavor, effort and work rate but we were missing an individual to break the deadlock”.
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- Last weekend’s blank was the first time Crewe failed to score in 11 games
- Have scored in eight of their ten away matches
- Only failed to score in three of their 18 matches this season
- Both teams have scored in six of their last seven games
- Seven of their ten away games have seen both teams score, including their last three
Striker Chris Dagnall insists his side shouldn’t have lost to Yeovil, speaking post match to crewealex.net “luck has deserted us in the last five to six games, we haven’t been playing badly, just been unfortunate, we shouldn’t have lost that game but it is gone now and we have put it to bed and look forward to next weekend”
- Only kept four clean sheets in 18 games this season
- No clean sheet in last seven games,
- Have conceded in last three away games and only kept two clean sheets in ten away from home
Despite recent results, Davis stated that their has been no drop in his sides confidence “we have been putting in some decent performances in spells not the whole match. We are going in not losing any confidence in how we are playing. We have to got to get the result right and we seem very close to it”.
- Only scored six of their 17 goals in the first half
- 9 of their 17 goals have been scored in the last 30 minutes – including 6 of their 8 away goals
- 10/18 goals conceded have been in the second half
- Conceded 5 goals in the last 15 minutes of games, dropping four points
Davis knows that Orient would have grew in confidence after last weekend’s victory at Hartlepool but has been surprised with Orient’s home record. Speaking to crewealex.net “confidence is everything in football, having won their previous game it will give them some. We have seen videos of them, they are a good side and have good players and maybe I am a little surprised by their results at home, they look a well balanced team”.
- Record scoring first – W4 D2 (away W2 D1)
- Only lost one of their last six, (16/04/16 Scunthorpe 3-2 at home)
Dagnall returns to one of his old sides tomorrow and acknowledges that it will be a tough game, “they beat Hartlepool away last week so they have got a bit of confidence, we’ve got to get back to winning ways, sooner rather than later”. Dagnall thinks the first goal could be crucial tomorrow “it is massive, if we get the first goal, it gives you a great chance of winning the game, we haven’t been doing that too often and is something we have been working on in training”.
- Only scored first in eight of their last 30 games
- Record conceding first – W0 D4 L3 (away D2 L2)
- Four of the last 6 games conceding first have finished 1-1
- Only won one of last nine conceding first – W1 D4 L4
- Only won two of their last 36 conceding first
- Only picked up one win in their last 24 away games conceding first – W1 D4 L19 (Colchester United away 3-2, 24/11/15)
Winger Sandro Semedo remains a doubt after coming off with an injury at Hartlepool while Yvan Erichot, Aron Pollock, Jay Simpson and Paul McCallum will all have late fitness tests. Harry Cornick is still out with a groin injury. Orient completed the signing of Michael Collins on a 3 month deal until January earlier today subject to international clearance and Football League approval.
Defender George Ray is a doubt for tomorrow’s clash with a tight groin while Ryan Lowe could miss out after missing training earlier in the week. Midfielders James Jones and Callum Ainley will be pushing for recalls to the starting 11.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 12, Draw 9, Crewe Alexandra 7
Last meeting – 11/04/2015 – Crewe Alex 1-1 Leyton Orient
- Orient are unbeaten in the last eight meetings – Winning five, drawing three
- Orient have won three of the previous four meetings
- Orient have won three of their last four home games against Crewe
- Crewe have only won one of their last 12 meetings with Orient – 1-0 12/02/08
- Both teams have scored in the last three meetings and five of the last six
- Orient have netted at least once in 12 of the last 13 meetings with Crewe
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Crewe Alexandra