Leyton Orient defender Jake Caprice has urged the O’s faithful to back the team ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Wrexham. Orient are winless in the league since 2nd September but Caprice urged to leytonorient.com for the fans to “stick with us, it will come good, I believe in this team, we have got more than enough quality to turn this around”.
- Sit 19th on 18 points – four points above the relegation zone
- League Record – P17 W5 D3 L9 F21 A29
- Form in last eight – D2 L6 F7 A16
- No team picked up less points in that period in league
The O’s continued their terrible run of form with a 2-0 home defeat to Gateshead on Tuesday night. Jordan Burrow netted twice to inflict Orient’s seventh defeat in their last nine league games.
- One win in their last 11 games – 1-0 vs Dagenham
- No win in their last nine league games – D2 L9
- Last time Orient went ten league games without a win – August and September 2011 back in league One
Taking just two points from the last 27 available, Head Coach Steve Davis insisted to the East London Advertiser “I fully understand the frustrations of tonight and what has happened at the football club, I am the right person to turn this around along with Martin and the rest of the players as well”.
- Kept just three clean sheets in League and five in all competitions
- Kept two in their last four games (both vs Dagenham in cup)
- No clean sheet in league since 28th August – Maidenhead – a run of ten games
Orient conceded within the first ten minutes on Tuesday but Davis was very disappointed with how his side reacted after they fell two goals behind in the second half. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we have got to show a reaction from that, I looked at the body language of the players afterwards, they were beaten. We can’t let that happen, we have to roll up our sleeves and fight to put the wrongs right”.
- Conceded 18/29 (10/16 away) of their league goals in the first half – included four of the last five goals conceded – the most in National League
- Conceded 1/3 of those goals between 1-15 minutes – the most in the National League
- Conceded eight goals between 31-45 minutes – (Only Guiseley 10 have conceded more)
Striker David Mooney is in his second spell at Orient and revealed that he had a second meeting with the players about their recent form. Speaking to the East London Advertiser “sometimes home truths are the best truths and now it is time for everyone to go home and look in the mirror and tell themselves it hasn’t been good enough and ask how we change it”.
- Failed to score in five league games (two away)
- Failed to score in three of their last four games
- Scored just one goal in their last 423 minutes of football
- Last time Orient failed to score in three consecutive games – October 2016
- Last time Orient failed to score in three consecutive league games – October and November 2012
Both Davis and Caprice alluded to the clear the air chat that Orient staff and players had on Wednesday. The 24 year old stated to leytonorient.com “the management team were brilliant with us on Wednesday, they too what we said on board and vice versa. We came in and did a lot of stuff that we talked about that we need to do more of, gearing up for Saturday”.
- Orient have conceded first in ten games – all in the first half
- In six of those games, the goal has been conceded between 1-15 minutes – the most in the National League
Ahead of the trip to Wales tomorrow, it will be the first of three away games in a row for Orient with Davis highlighting that his side may be going as second favourites. Speaking to leytonorient.com “maybe we are going in a the underdog, however it is all about putting in a good performances. We have to do what we have to do to try and get three points however it comes”.
- Away Record – P8 W2 D2 L4 F9 A16
- No win in their last five away games in all competitions – D3 L2
- Conceded two or more in their last four away league games
- Last away win – 1-0 vs Maidenhead, 28/08/17
- Scored in six of their last eight away games
Caprice beat Wrexham last season with Woking and feels that being away could be a good thing for his side, “they are doing quite well this year, I expect a tough test, no game is easy. The pressure maybe slightly off as we are away from home, hopefully they don’t just sit in, they have to come onto us and hopefully we can pick up some points”.
- No team in League has trailed for minutes than Orient (682)
- Since September 9th, Orient have only led for 49 minutes in three games
- No held a lead for longer than 27 minutes in last nine games
Davis acknowledged that consistency has played a part for Wrexham’s early season form, “they are going well, they have a wealth of experience in their ranks. They have had a fairly regular settled team, it has helped them and given them some consistency over the early months of the season”.
- Only Solihull Moors (32) have conceded more goals than Orient
- Have conceded two or more goals in eight of their last nine league games
Wrexham head into tomorrow’s clash after a 2-0 away defeat to AFC Fylde on Tuesday night. Goals from Johnny Smith and Jack Muldoon ended their 11 match unbeaten run in the league.
- Sit 3rd on 29 points – just three behind league leaders
- League Record – P17 W8 D5 L4 F14 A10
- Form in last eight league games – W3 D4 L1 F6 A5
In a week which saw manager Dean Keates celebrate one year in charge at the Racecourse Ground, the former midfielder was disappointed with his side performance on Tuesday. Speaking to wrexhamafc.co.uk “that is by far the worse performance of the season, all I can do is apologise to the fans. It was an unbelievable following and they didn’t deserve that, we were no where near good enough”.
- Seven of their eight wins have been by just one goal – including three of their four home wins
Wrexham have only lost two of their last 13 games in all competitions, both to AFC Fylde which angered Keates, “we were disappointed with the performance we put in ten day ago but tonight was worse, there will be a reaction come Saturday”. He added “I learn all the time, we learnt from the weekend and we will learn tomorrow”.
- Have the best defensive record in league
- Only Tranmere Rovers (13) have scored less than Wrexham
- Only conceded five goals in their last eight league games
Keates revealed that words were exchanged in the changing room between staff and players, “you can look at the reason why, we had a good chat in there and got a few thins of our chest, it was not good enough. Going 11 unbeaten in the league, we got a good result at the weekend, we came here and set standards and we were no where near them”.
- Home record – P8 W4 D3 L1 F8 A4
- No team in league scored less at home, no team conceded less than them
- Unbeaten in their last seven home games – W4 D3
- Last time went eight unbeaten at home – January – April 2015
- Drew three of their last four home games
- Last defeat – 0-1 vs Macclesfield, 05/08/17
Wrexham have responded to their previous three defeats with wins and goalkeeper Chris Dunn thinks that Tuesday’s result was a one off. Speaking to dailypost.co.uk “looking at the season as a whole to now, it is a one off, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we dust ourselves down and get on with it Saturday”.
- Kept a league high of nine clean sheets
- Kept two in their last five games
- Have conceded in their last three home games
- Last home clean sheet 12/09/17 vs Hartlepool, 0-0
Tuesday’s defeat was only Dunn’s second game back after injury and knows lessons have been learnt, “it was a bad day at the office all round, we have got to learn from it and learn from it quickly because we have got a big game coming up Saturday”.
- Failed to score in six league games (two at home)
- Failed to score in three of their last five games in competitions
- Scored in their last three home games and six of their last seven at Racecourse
- Last failed to score 12/09/17 vs Hartlepool
The Dragons took 662 fans to Fylde in midweek and Dunn is keen to repay them with a performance tomorrow afternoon, “we will work hard in training to got Saturday and give the fans something to shout about. We are a close knit team and Tuesday was a one off, we don’t let it affect us now and put those wrongs right on Saturday”.
- Eight of their ten goals conceded have been in the first half (three of four at home)
- Both goals conceded in second half have been in last 15 minutes of matches
- Ten of their 14 league goals scored been in the second half – including eight in the last 30 minutes
- Five of their eight home goals have been scored in the last 30 minutes of matches
Leyton Orient will be without the suspended Jobi McAnuff after he picked up his fifth booking of the season on Tuesday. Joe Widdowson is rated 50/50 after coming off at half time on Tuesday with a hamstring injury. Matt Harrold and Jamie Sendles-White look set to return to the squad after groin injuries and illness respectively. Alex Lawless, Charlie Lee, George Elokobi and Josh Coulson remain absent.
Wrexham will be boosted with the return of captain Shaun Pearson who missed the trip to Fylde through suspension. Kevin Roberts is doubtful after coming off through injury on Tuesday.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 11, Draw 10, Wrexham 11
Last Meeting – 21/01/2006 – Wrexham 1-2 Leyton Orient
- Orient have only won one of the last eight meetings – Draw 4, Lost 3
- Three of the last five meetings have been draws
- Orient are unbeaten on their last two trips to Racecourse Ground
- Six of Wrexham’s 11 wins have been at home
Prediction – Wrexham 2-1 Leyton Orient