Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis is hoping his side can overcome their plastic pitch demons as they travel to Bromley tomorrow night. The O’s lost 2-0 to Sutton on the opening day on a 3G pitch with the former Crewe manager keen for his side to perform in Kent.
The O’s picked up their second victory of the season after a tough fought 2-0 win over Maidstone on Saturday. David Mooney netted his second of the season while Romauld Boco slid home his first for the club as it moved Orient up to fourth in the table.
Davis highlighted that his side had to be patient in order to breakdown a resolute Maidstone outfit but was happy with the final outcome. Speaking to leytonoriet.com post match “we are absolutely delighted, especially winning at home, we have to got to win our home games, we can build some momentum here which can take a little bit of pressure of off the away games. We want to win every game, they are all important to us”.
Orient named the same starting 11 for the third consecutive game on Saturday but Davis was quick to acknowledge that changes may need to be made ahead of the trip to Kent, “one or two looked a bit jaded today, the energy levels weren’t what they were Tuesday night so we might need to freshen it up in certain areas”.
Club captain Mooney has netted in his first two games back at Brisbane Road after returning to the club in the summer and is loving his time in E10. Speaking to the East London Advertiser “it feels great, I have felt good ever since I have come back, I am happy to get the goals but the most important thing is the team is winning”.
- Last Orient player to score in three consecutive league games was Liam Kelly August and September 2016
- Last Orient striker to score in three consecutive league games was Jay Simpson in November and December 2015
Orient had to wait an hour till the break through but Mooney revealed that Davis was keen for his side to patient, chances will come, “they came with a game plan to stock up the midfield area, we couldn’t get through the gaps like we like to. We knew if we keep probing , eventually we would get one or two chances and we managed to take them”.
With over 14 arrivals including Mooney into the club this summer , the squad has settled down nicely to life in East London. Orient’s number ten was part of the crop that made it so close in 2013/2014 but revealed this year “is probably up there with one of the best dressing rooms I have been involved in. We have great banter every day, there is great team spirit; the manager and Ross has instilled that from day one”. He added “We do things outside of football and it is a bit camaraderie which the club has need to drive it forward”.
- Orient have not kept back to back clean sheets since April 2016 (Mansfield 1-0, Yeovil 1-0)
As Orient head for the second match on 3G, Mooney stated that he doesn’t really like these pitches but “we only have two left, it will be tough against Bromley but if we can get in front it will be a little bit easier because chasing a game on astro isn’t easy”. The O’s fell behind to Sutton within the first 20 minutes on the opening day but Mooney is hoping “that we go there and be compact early on and seeing how the game progresses”.
- Orient have conceded two or more goals in their last seven away games and nine of their last 10 on their travels
- Last win away came 04/03/17 – 4-0 vs Newport County
Head Coach Davis highlighted that after back to back wins, he is hoping the form can be taken on the road. Speaking to East London Advertiser “we want to win every game, it won’t always happen but we will set out to win away as much as we do at home”. He added “our first two away games have been on astro so we have to play on them like everybody else, we are not complaining. We have just got to go there perform well and get the three points; that is all we are focusing on”
- The last time Orient won three consecutive games was back in August 2015
Orient hosts tomorrow night Bromley are one of eight unbeaten National League sides after the opening three games. The Ravens have drew two and won one of their opening fixtures, coming into tomorrow’s clash off of a 0-0 draw away at Macclesfield on Saturday. Their only victory of the season came away in a 2-1 victory at Dover Athletic with Louis Dennis and Josh Rees giving them their first three points of the season.
- Bromley are unbeaten in their last five league fixtures – W2 D3
- Have only lost one of their last nine league games (W5 D3 L1), defeat came in a 2-1 loss to Eastleigh, 17/04/17
Bromley finished 10th in the National Conference last season and will hoping to build on it as they start their third campaign at this level. The Ravens achieved promotion back in 2014/2015 as they won the Conference South and have progressed in the past two season in the National League.
- Last Season – P46 W18 D8 L20 F59 A66
- Home form – P23 W11 D3 L9 F33 A37
- Only Solihull (38), Maidstone (39), North Ferriby (40) and Southport (41) conceded more goals at home than Bromley last season
Following his sides 0-0 draw with Macclesfield, manager Neil Smith spoke to the National League Paper stating, “I’m disappointed in the way we played but I’m delighted with the point we did gain”. Smith’s side are one of the four National League sides to concede just one goal so far this season with the Bromley manager praising his defence on Saturday, “they put us under some real serious pressure today and I thought out back four did really well”.
- Bromley have kept three clean sheets in their last four games
- Only conceded once in their last 400 minutes of League football
With his side hosting one of the so called pre season favourites tomorrow, Smith admitted that he would have taken his sides start at the beginning of the season. Speaking to kentishfootball.co.uk “the players all want to do better, there’s times when we could have scored but if someone would have said that you would be unbeaten going into the fourth game, I would have taken that”.
Despite his side being unbeaten, Bromley have only found the net in one of those games but Smith isn’t worried by his goal shy squad, “if we weren’t creating chances then I’ll worry, the fact we’ve been keeping them down to a minimum means we can build from the back. We know we can do better up front, I have no doubt that it will click very soon”.
With Orient and Hartlepool visiting Hayes Lane this week, Smith is keen for his side to stand up to the occasion and not become overawed, “We’re in together, they’re in the same league as us, it’s not a cup game we must make sure we don’t get overawed. We need to stick to our game plan and hope it pays off”.
- Bromley are unbeaten in their last five league games at Hayes Lane
- Their last defeat came against Chester 1-0, 25/03/17
As expected there should be a large gate at Hayes Lane tomorrow with the visit of Orient with Smith stating “we are absolutely delighted a team like Orient are coming down, we know it’s going to be difficult but we know there is going to be a big crowd and we are keen to put on a good show”. He added “we are not there to make the numbers up for Orient, it’s not about them; for me it’s about us”
Smith who has been first team manager since 2016 is hoping that his side can perform for the home crowd “they have been brilliant, we want to give everything and want them going away saying that the players worked hard”. However he has not underestimated the task at hand tomorrow “to get a result against Orient will be absolutely dreamworld”.
Steve Davis has hinted at changes to his starting 11 with this fixture being the fourth game in 11 days. Jobi McAnuff and David Mooney were replaced during Saturday’s win over Maidstone with Romauld Boco and Josh Koroma pushing for a start at Hayes Lane tomorrow.
Bromley quintet David Gregory, Alan Dunne, George Porter, Frankie Sutherland and Ben Chorley will be looking to face their former employer.
Head to Head
The sides have only met once before back in the first round the FA Cup in 2011 where Orient beat Bromley 3-0, with now Bromley striker George Porter netting the second for Orient against the Ravens.
Prediction – Bromley 1-1 Leyton Orient