Leyton Orient defender Jake Caprice insist his side have put their 6-1 hammering to Bromley behind them. The O’s fell to their heaviest league defeat since 2015 on Tuesday night with Caprice keen for his side to react in the best possible manner.
- Heaviest league defeat since 6-1 vs MK Dons 18/04/2015
Caprice who joined Orient from Woking in the summer is looking for a positive reaction from his side. The 24 year old made the move to East London in the summer after two years with the Cardinals and has happy memories of the place. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it should be good to go back, I have nothing but fond memories of my time their. It will be good to go back and see some familiar faces but it will be business as usual and we will look to get the right result”.
- Orient have not lost their opening three away league fixtures since 2006/2007 season (0-3 Port Vale, 1-3 Carlisle, 0-3 Tranmere)
- 2011/2012 was the last time Orient failed to pick up a win in their first three away league fixtures
Tueday’s heavy loss to Bromley came as a complete shock to O’s head coach, Steve Davis. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we are puzzled to how it came about, we didn’t see it coming after two good results but we are determined to put it right”. Davis’s side have had to react once this season after losing their opening match to Sutton and the former Crewe man has been pleased with the reaction of his players, “it has been as I expected, I have an experienced group who came in positive the next day”
- Orient have only kept three away league clean sheets since the start of 2016/2017 season
- Orient have only kept one clean sheet in last 19 away games (4-0 vs Newport, 04/03/2017)
Davis and his management team had an open discussion following the Bromley result with winger Jobi McAnuff hinting that every player had to take responsibility. Speaking to leytonorient.com post match “we were no where near good enough, we all need to take a long look at ourselves”. In the discussion, McAnuff stated that “a few of the senior pro’s had their say and we are very keen to put it right on Saturday”.
- Orient have only won two of their last 17 away games – W2 D2 L13
- Orient have conceded two or more goals in their last eight away games
- Orient have conceded two or more goals in 13 of their last 15 away games
With polar opposite home and away records , Davis hinted to BBC London that his side may have to change their play on their travels, “we want to make our home a fortress but we may have to look at a different way of playing away being more solid”. The defeat at Bromley was littered was errors with Davis stating “with the individual mistakes we made, we were always going to concede”.
- Orient have lost seven of their last eight away games
- Last positive result away was a 2-2 draw with Luton on Good Friday 2017
Caprice is expecting an exciting game with his former side tomorrow, “they are a footballing side, especially with their new manager, they have always liked to play football”. After selling out their two previous away games, the former Woking man wants to see as many O’s fans as possible tomorrow, “we want them right behind us at Woking, the result was bad on Tuesday but they still stuck with us after the game”.
With Orient’s trip to Woking their fifth match of the season, Davis has acknowledged that no game will be easy in the National League. Speaking to leytonorient.com “playing against Orient in this league seems to be a cup final for most teams”. He added “we have to take the approach that every game is going to be a final and every team wants to beat us. Every games is going to be tough, Bromley hit that home”.
Orient’s hosts Woking sit head into the clash tomorrow after a 2-1 home win over promotion chasing Eastleigh. An Inih Effiong and a Gavin Hoyte own goal clinched their second home win of the season. The Cardinals have similar problems to the O’s where they have won both home games and lost both away games (Tranmere 3-1, Barrow 3-0).
Woking finished 18th in the National League last season just three points above the relegation zone. After surviving the drop, Woking appointed Anthony Limbrick as manager after he left his coaching role with the West Ham academy. Speaking to getsurrey.com after his appointment “it is a great opportunity for me to come into management and make that step up to leading a team that can hopefully push on and progress”.
- League Record last season – P46 W14 D11 L21 F66 A80
- Home Record last season – P23 W9 D7 L7 F32 A30
- 64% of their points last season were picked up at home
- Gozie Ugwu (now at Chestefield) scored 26% of their league goals last season
After beating one of the pre-season favourites on Tuesday night, Limbrick was pleased with his sides performance as they kept their unbeaten home record. Speaking to wokingfc.co.uk “it was an important three points for us, we knew there would be time where we would have to fight, hassle and scrap and we did that”.
- Woking are unbeaten in their last five home games – W4 D1
- Only lost one of their last ten home league games – W6 D3 L1
- Defeat came in a 4-2 loss to Maidstone, 25/03/2017
With his side under pressure early on against Eastleigh, Limbrick was happy with how his side stayed in the game, “it was a good lesson for us about making sure we didn’t concede and stayed in the game. It gave us a solid platform where we could go and play more allowing the quality to come through”.
- Have not won three consecutive home league games since September 2016
- Have not won their opening three home league games since 2015/2016 season (Bromley 2-0, Altrincham 2-0, Chester 5-2)
On loan Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter saved a second half penalty to help the Cardinals picked up their win on Tuesday night. The 18 year old was keen for his side to respond to back to back away defeats, “we wanted to put it right tonight, the disappointment is still there but the result goes some way to putting it right”.
- Have scored in their last six home games
- Have scored in ten of their 12 home league games in 2017
- Last failed to score at home 11/03/2017 – 0-0 draw with Boreham Wood
Continuing from his interview with wokingfc.co.uk Baxter highlighted that Orient’s defeat to Bromley could make the test tougher tomorrow, “when we had two bad results we were really determined to put it right. They have a lot of experience in the team: McAnuff and Lee and they will be hurting”. He added “it can add to the atmosphere but it will be a tough tough test but we will be ready to go Saturday”.
Woking have highlighted in their opening four games about their desire to play attractive football with Baxter agreeing with his manager that they can play even more. “he think we can play more and so do I, we don’t want to give goals away but the message is be good on the ball and let’s be confident about playing out from the back”. Baxter knows that entertainment is key for fans but doesn’t want it to be too risky “the gaffer has been brought in to play a certain style of football, we just need to find a balance between risk and good football”.
Limbrick praised the midfield duo of Kane Ferdinand and Chez Issac on Tuesday night and is looking to cause Orient problems tomorrow. Speaking to wokingfc.co.uk “we looked really dangerous on the counter attack, we have got that pace but we need to use it better. When we have pace that is running beyond the front two we can really cause problems”.
With all of the pre season favourites dropping points in the opening weeks of the season, Limbrick acknowledged just how open league is. Speaking to getsurrey.com “it seems like everyone is beating everyone at the moment, it is really strange. It is a very open league and anyone can sort of beat anyone at anytime in the early stages”.
After naming the same starting 11 in the opening three matches, Steve Davis started Josh Koroma and Romauld Boco on Tuesday night. However both were replaced at half time by Jobi McAnuff and James Dayton who will be pushing to start. Craig Clay will be hoping to start in midfield while Macauley Bonne will be hoping to add to his Orient tally after netting his first of the season against Bromley.
Louis Ramsey is a doubt for the Cardinals after being replaced on Tuesday night, while Jason Banton and Joey Jones are hoping to be involved after missing the victory over Eastleigh. Kane Ferdinand and Chez Issac should continue in central midfield while Inih Effiong will be looking to add to his two goals in four games this season.
Head to Head
One previous meeting – 28/09/04 – Woking 0-3 Leyton Orient LDV Vans Trophy
Prediction – Woking 2-2 Leyton Orient