Leyton Orient manager Steve Davis is hoping that his side can get their season going again as they travel to Dagenham and Redbridge in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it is away from the pressure of the league and the run we are on, it is a chance to kick start our season and get us going again”.
- Sit 17th in National League
- Form in last six – D2 L4 F7 A13
- Only Solihull (1) have taken less points in the National League
- No win in last seven games – D2 L5 (two points from a possible 21)
- Last win 4-1 vs Guiseley, 02/09/17
Orient head to Dagenham on the back of a 2-2 draw away at Barrow last weekend. Despite going ahead twice from David Mooney and Craig Clay, the O’s couldn’t hold on for the win with Bedsente Gomis and Jordan White levelling for Barrow.
- Away Record – P8 W2 D2 L4 F9 A16
- Without a win in last four – D2 L4
- Last win 28/08/17 Maidenhead 0-1 Orient
- Only Guiseley and Torquay (18) have conceded more away in National League
Head Coach Steve Davis rued his sides inability to hold onto a lead for the second consecutive match. Speaking to leytonorient.com “going ahead twice in a game is something we have not had before and we were unable to hold on long enough to build on them. It is killing us at the moment”
- Kept just two clean sheets
- Without one for eight games, kept one in their last 10 (Maidenhead, 28/08/17)
- Scored first in three of their last five games – only led for 47 minutes
Individual errors have littered Orient’s recent performances with Davis bemoaning his sides defending, “it is unacceptable, if we had done the basic defending we wouldn’t have conceded so easily. We are really disappointed with the two goals and lack of marking and tracking. If you score two goals away you except to win the game”.
- Conceded two or more in their last seven games and their last four away
- Conceded two or more in 14 of their last 17 away games
- Conceded two or more in nine of their 15 games this season
- Only Solihull (27) and Torquay (28) have conceded more in the National League
Despite enjoying the better of the second half at Barrow, Orient failed to force a third goal with Davis knowing his side need to put their chances away, “we had four or five good opportunities, the keeper made a few good saves and we had to defend a few scrambles. In the end we had some good chances and have to be clinical when we get in there, Moons and Macca had chances to go 3-2 ahead”.
- Failed to score in three games this season
- Scored in their last five games
- Scored in six of their last seven away games and 12 of their last 14 games
- Last failed to score – 12/09/17 Orient 0-3 Halifax
Orient played a 3-5-2 system at Barrow, with Davis highlighting that his side have been trying to find a way to stop conceding goals. Speaking to East London Advertiser “I think when you go on a run like we’ve been on, performing well and not winning, you need to change things around and try different things”.
- Only Guiseley (388) have trailed for more minutes away in National League
Defender Joe Widdowson returned to the side at Barrow and is excited about returning to his former club tomorrow. Widdowson joined Orient from Dagenham in the summer and stated to East London Advertiser “I’ve still got a lot of good friends there and with it being a local derby it should be a good game”.
- 12/21 goals scored have been in the second half
- Scored six in final 15 minutes of matches
Widdowson played 49 times for the Daggers last season and has identified some of the strengths that they have, “I know most of their players quite well, I have giving one or two tips to the boys on what they should look for” Corey Whitely has netted eight times this season and Widdowson knows he is a danger “he is a very good player and was excellent for us last season, he is lively and dangerous, he’ll be a big threat for them and we will have to do our best to stop him”.
- Conceded 16/26 goals in the first half (10/16 away goals)
- Six of their last eight conceded have been in first half
- Have conceded seven between minutes 31-45
Davis acknowledged the strengths that Still and his side will have tomorrow, “I like John and have know him for a while. It will be a tough game with the way he sets up his team. he demands certain things from his teams, they are powerful and will run all day. They have certain qualities in certain areas and it will be a good game”.
- Orient have only won one of their last six FA Cup fixtures
- Orient have not scored an away goal in FA Cup since 05/01/13 – David Mooney
Dagenham head into tomorrow’s clash with Orient on the back of a 1-0 away defeat at Woking last weekend. Regan Charles-Cook struck the winner 12 minutes from time, inflicting a third defeat of the season for the Daggers.
- Sit 6th in National League
- No win in last two – D1 L2
- Form in last six – W2 D2 L2 F8 A7
- Last win – 30/09/17 , 1-0 vs Torquay
Manager John Still was disappointed that his side did not utilise their dominance last weekend at Woking. Speaking to Barking and Dagenham Post “I thought we dominated the game from start to finish but our box play wasn’t good enough. They scored a great goal and there was nothing we could do about it but for most of the game it was one way traffic”.
- Home Record – P7 W5 D1 L1 F18 A9
- Won four of their last five (scoring 12 goals)
- Only Woking (19) have taken more points at home in National League
- 66% of their League Points come at home
- Only lost one of their last 12 home games – W8 D3 L1
It was the third time the Daggers had failed to score away from this season with Still highlighting what was missing “it was a little bit of selfishness, someone getting it and running it at a defender. When you get in those forward positions, you have to attack. When you continually attack players, you will get some success out of it”.
- Only side in National League to score in every home match
- Scored in their last 12 home games and 17 of their last 18 games
- Last failed to score – 28/02/17 – 0-2 vs Maidstone
Midfielder Luke Howell agreed with Still, insisting that his side need to be more ruthless in the penalty area. Speaking to barking and Dagenham post “I thought we were really good and controlled the majority of the game for the first half hour. I feel we could have been more clinical in and around the box”.
- League Top scorers with 27 goals
- Top Scorers at home in National League with 18 goals
Defender Sam Ling is set to face his dad and old club when Orient visit tomorrow and admitted to the East London Advertiser “it has been a bit weird at home this week with both of us trying to get the team out of each other”. Ling joined the Daggers in 2016 but was part of Orient’s academy until he left “it will be good to see some old faces and hopefully progress to the next round”.
- Kept just two clean sheets this season – one at home
- Only kept one in their last eight games
- Only kept one in their last nine home games
- Both teams have scored in four of their last six games
Assistant manager Darren Currie is hoping his side can ask more questions in the box against Orient tomorrow. Speaking to daggers.co.uk “we lacked a final third finishing touch, it has been stuff we have been working on, we know we have got goals in the team. Naturally it is a concern not to score, we have got to ask more in the final third, we didn’t really do it enough at Woking”.
- Scored 17/27 goals in first half – most in league
- 66% home goals come in first half (12/18)
- Eight of their ten second half goals have been in last 15 minutes of games
- Gained eight points in that period in league
- Have scored a goal in last 15 minutes of games in three of their last four – earning a result in each game
Without a win in their last two games, defender Benn Nunn insisted the key for his side is to “get that consistency back”. Speaking to daggers.co.uk“it would have been better if we had got a few more results that maybe we should of had, we started well. Back to back wins will really kick us on and up to where we should be”.
- Five of their Nine home goals conceded have been in the last 30 minutes of games
- Have not trailed at home this season
- Only Aldershot (347) have led more at home in League than Aldershot (317)
Tomorrow’s clash will be the first of at least three meetings between the two sides and Currie can’t wait for the game insisting the players have had a spring in their step this week. Speaking to daggers.co.uk “naturally they want to respond to the result last weekend and they are aware of how we intend to do well in the cup. Training has been bright and lively”. He added “we are playing against one of our rivals in the league, our neighbours. Hopefully we put in a performance and result that the club and fans want to see”.
- Only won one of their last five games
- Dagenham only score in two of their last six home FA cup games
New loan signing Zain Westbrooke is available after signing on a 93 day loan from Brentford on Wednesday. James Brophy and Mark Ellis are ineligible after being denied permission by their parent clubs while George Elokobi, Josh Coulson, Matt Harrold and Charlie Lee remain out.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 6, Draw 2, Dagenham 5
Last meeting – 16/04/16 – Leyton Orient 3-2 Dagenham
- Orient have won the last three meetings – scoring at least twice in each game
- Unbeaten in the last seven meetings (90 minutes) and last three trips to Victoria Road – W4 D3
- Dagenham last won 04/09/10 – 2-0
- Sides have met in FA Cup four times – Orient 3 Draw 1
- Last cup meeting – 16/11/10 – Leyton Orient 3-2 Dagenham
- Never been a 0-0 between sides
- Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings
- Orient have scored in the last seven meetings
Prediction – Dagenham 2-1 Leyton Orient