Leyton Orient midfielder Alex Lawless is fully aware of his sides lack of form and all their attention is on Saturday’s game at Barrow. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we are letting a lot of people down with these results and we are looking for a win together”.
- Sit 17th on 17 points
- League Record – P14 W5 D2 L7 F19 A24
- No team has taken less points in last six games than Orient (1)
The O’s fell to their fifth defeat in six games with a 2-1 loss at Tranmere on Wednesday night. Matt Harrold did put them ahead but Andy Cook slid home the equaliser just three minutes later. James Norwood headed home the winner 20 minutes from time, leaving Orient winless since 2nd September.
- Away Record – P7 W2 D1 L4 F7 A14
- No win in last three – losing their last two
- Only Guiseley (17) and Torquay (18) have conceded more away
- Conceded two or more goals in 13 of their last 16 away games
Striker and Club Captain David Mooney admitted that his side needed to pull together in the time leading up to the Barrow fixture. Speaking to BBC London “everyone is a bit down, luckily for us we are staying up here for the next three days. It gives me a chance to get everybody together and tell the what it means to play for this club and the standards we should set”.
- Kept three clean sheets this season – two away
- Without a clean sheet in last seven games and only one in their last nine (Maidenhead, 28/8/17)
- Kept just four clean sheets in their last 20 away games
- Conceded two or more goals in eight of their 14 games – (Only Fylde 9 have done that in more games)
Orient’s recent run of results have all been similar with Mooney aware that his side need to stop their slump, “I am a big believer in the good times around the corner but how long is the corner. I am sick of saying the same thing, we played well and conceded from a set piece, it’s the same old garbage. Eventually it is going to come to a head, hopefully over the next couple of days we can sort it”.
- Conceded two or more in their last six games
- Conceded two or more in their last three away games
- Conceded 48 goals in 20 away games in 2017 – conceded two or more in 16 of them
Head coach Steve Davis was disappointed with the outcome at Tranmere but was pleased his side took the lead. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it was nice to take lead after we have fallen behind in previous games but was frustrating we weren’t able to hold onto it for a longer period. We let them back in the game after we scored too quickly, we needed to get a little bit more control of the game”.
- First game in seven Orient took the lead
- Only led for 29 minutes in their last six matches
- Trailed for 351 minutes in their six games – average 58 minutes a game
- Trailed in their last seven games
Davis admitted he felt his side became one dimensional at Prenton Park, “we haven’t really done that much this season. It was more typical of this league and I am not sure we have got the players that can play long ball. We fought hard and I felt we could have played more football”.
- Failed to score in three games
- Have scored in their last four games and 11 of their last 13 league games
- Scored in five of their last six away games
- Last failed to score Boreham Wood – 9/9/17
In the latter stages on Wednesday night, Davis moved to a 3-4-1-2 formation looking to get back into the game. Speaking to leytonorient.com about the change “sometimes finding a different way gives players another perspective, we are looking to find a formula which will help us get out of the situation we are in”. He added “whilst performances have been good, we haven’t had the results to match them, results become more important. It is about finding system which suits the players we have fit”.
- 14/24 goals conceded have been in the first half
- Five 1-15 minutes – three of last five games
- Six 31-45 minutes
- Have conceded nine of 24 goals at the start of both halves
- Only bottom three (Guiseley, Solihull Moors 25 and Torquay 26) have conceded more goals in the National League
Keeper Charlie Grainger was Orient’s best player on Wednesday and feels his side have enough to end their winless run. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we all want to do our best and get out of it as quickly as we can. We know we are a good enough side to do that, we are very confident we can get out of the situation”.
- 12/19 goals scored have been in the second half
- Six of those have been in last 15 minutes of matches – Only Dagenham (8) have scored more
Lawless has lost on his last two trips to Barrow and fully aware of the challenges that come with playing at Holker Street, “every time I have played them they have been direct and physical. It is something we have to counteract and win that side so that we can play our game”.
- 1-0 both times with Luton – 02/02/13 and 21/02/12
Barrow head into tomorrow’s clash on the back of a 1-0 away defeat at Hartlepool on Tuesday night. Michael Woods scored in injury time for Pools to continue Barrow’s winless run to six games.
- Sit 20th on 12 points
- League Record – P14 W2 D6 L6 F14 A16
- Form in last six – W0 D2 L4 F3 A7
- Only Solihull (1) and Orient (1) have taken less points in last six games (2)
It has been a tough start for Barrow who are onto their second manager of the season after Paul Cox resigned in August. Barow finished 7th in the National League last season just seven points off the play offs. Assistant manager Micky Moore took over the reigns with the club looking for a new Head of Football after Paul Ogden stepped down after just two months earlier today (Friday 6th October)
- Moore appointed 20/09/17 on a two year deal
- Record since Cox left – W1 D3 L5
- One win in their last 1 games – W1 D5 L5
Following their last gasp defeat on Tuesday, Moore spoke to nwemail.co.uk “Hartlepool will be honest enough to say that they got something they didn’t deserve to. AFC Fylde said the same thing the other week, I want to be the lucky manager not the unlucky one”. He added “I don’t think anyone could say we didn’t deserve to win the game, if we got a draw I would have been disappointed”.
- Home Record – P7 W2 D4 L1 F7 A4
- Only Wrexham (3) have conceded less at home
- Only Racecourse Ground (Wrexham) has seen less goals (9)
- No win in their last three home games – One win in their last five – W1 D3 L1
- Last win 2-1 vs Boreham Wood – 02/09/17
- 75% of their points have come at home
Tuesday’s loss was their second consecutive 1-0 loss, Moore acknowledges that luck is not with his side at the moment, “that is four games we have lost 1-0, ultimately Hartlepool got the rub of the green, they got the luck and we haven’t got that at the moment”. Moore highlighted that his side must rally in order to pull them out of their poor form, “we have to stick together and work hard, no-one can fault their effort, commitment or desire”.
- All six of their league defeats have been by just one goal
- Only two of their last 14 league defeats have been by more than one goal
Moore’s side have only scored once in their last three games but he is quick to highlight that it is important to keep creating chances, “the players aren’t missing on purpose, confidence wise in front of goal, it is a bit low but it is my job to keep believing in them and for them to keep getting into the positions”.
- Only scored one goal in last three home games
- Failed to score in two games and three of their last five
- Failed to score in six of 14 league games – three at home
- Eight of their 14 goals have been in the first half – including two of their last three
With goals lacking in attack, the first goal is paramount according to Moore, “the first goal is very important for a team suffering a lack of confidence. On Tuesday we had two or three fantastic chances to go 1-0 up but we lost 1-0. We are really close to turning it around”.
- Ten of their 16 goals conceded have been in the first half – including four of their last five
- Only conceded one goal in the second half of home games
- Only side to not concede in last 30 minutes of any home game
Barrow sit just one point above the relegation zone but Moore is clear that the team has to believe in the model he is creating at Holker Street. Speaking to nwemail.co.uk “for me I have got to believe in the process that I am putting in place, the results have been disappointing but I am not going to hide away, no one is hurting more than me and the players”.
- Kept three clean sheets – all at home
- Without clean sheet in last four, one clean sheet in their last 11 league games (0-0 vs Guiseley, 12/09/17)
- Kept just one in last five games
Moore thanked the supporters that travelled to Hartlepool on Tuesday night and is aware that despite the result, they didn’t question the performance. Moore stated “we are playing some good football, the results are not where we want to be. Even the most ardent supporter can be honest to say we are playing better football but we can’t score”.
- Only conceded 24 goals in their last 30 home league games
- Only conceded two or more in three games – only one of their last ten
- Only conceded two or more in four of their last 30 home league games
Leyton Orient will be without long term absentees Josh Coulson, George Elokobi and Charlie Lee. Joe Widdowson remains a doubt after missing the last two games with a quadricep injury. Jake Caprice is a major doubt after going off on Wednesday night with a hamstring injury. Myles Judd looks set to deputise at right back while Matt Harrold will be hoping to add to his goal at Tranmere.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 3, Draw 1, Barrow 3
Last meeting – 18/11/2000 – Barrow 0-2 Leyton Orient – FA Cup
- Orient are unbeaten in the last three meetings
- It will be the first league meeting in 47 years
- Last League meeting – 04/04/1969 – Leyton Orient 2-0 Barrow
- Barrow last won 05/05/1969 – Orient 1-2 Barrow
Prediction – Barrow 1-1 Leyton Orient