“We Have to Earn the Right to Play”

Leyton Orient midfielder James Dayton highlights the importance of doing the dirty side of the game ahead of their trip to Solihull tomorrow. Speaking to leytonorient.com we need to do the horrible side of the game first, if we do that then hopefully it will allow us to play the football we know we can play”.

  • Sit 20th on 21 points 
  • League Record – P22  W5  D6  L11  F27  A39
  • Only Torquay (13) and Solihull (15) have lost more games
  • Only Solihull (41) have conceded more goals

Dayton knows that his side have to bounce back from the defeat at Torquay but acknowledges it won’t be easy against another relegation rival. “It will be another difficult game, a game where we will have to fight, show aggression and earn the right to play”After having their first session with their new head coach Justin Edinburgh on Thursday, Dayton pointed out the importance of implementing what we have done this week on Saturday and put right the performance from last Saturday”.

  • Away League Record – P11  W2  D3  L6  F12  A23
  • Joint most goals conceded away with Guiseley
  • No win in last nine away in all competitions – D4  L5
  • Drew three of last six away (all 2-2)
  • Last away win , 1-0 vs Maidenhead, 28/08/17

Edinburgh was named on Wednesday as Orient’s new head coach, the former Newport County boss stated to leytonorient.com I am delighted, I am really happy with the opportunity to come and work for Orient in be in a position to work with this group of players to try and move them up league. But first and foremost, move in the right direction”.

  • No win in last 14 league games
  • Only won one of their last 17 games in all competitions – W1  D6  L10
  • Trailed in 15 of their last 17 games
  • No team in National League has trailed for more minutes – 951 minutes

Edinburgh left Northampton after just four games of this season in August but is raring to go at Brisbane Road. Speaking to BBC London on Wednesday evening, “the break has done me the world of good. It has sharpened my teeth and made me hungrier. I still feel young and ambitious and feel I am the right fit”.

  • Conceded two or more in last seven away league games
  • Conceded two or more in 12 of last 14 league games
  • No team in National League conceded two or more goals in more games than Orient, 14/22 games

Edinburgh and his O’s will be looking to end their 14 game winless run at Solihull Moors on Tuesday and bounce back from their heavy 3-0 defeat at Torquay last weekend. With Edinburgh’s appointment, Ross Embleton has stepped back to assistant coach and admitted to leytonorient.com it has been a busy period in the build up to this week. It is a new experience of me, I am happy and a little bit relieved a new manager has finally been appointed”.

  • Only led for 57 minutes since 3rd September


14 without win table

Record from last 14 games


Embleton took the reigns for three games and highlighted to leytonorient.comthe biggest thing I have learnt this season is you can’t take anything for granted. Last week at Torquay taught me a hell of a lot, you need to stay on top of standards”. Embleton revealed that at times this season his side have lacked “commitment, application and that desire to tackle, we need to have that edge and take it into every game”.

  • Kept just three clean sheets (two away ) – Only Solihull kept less (1)
  • Without a clean sheet in last 15 league games (worst run since 2004 in League)
  • Only kept one clean sheet in league in last 17 games
  • Kept two clean sheets in last 17 games in all competitions (both vs Dagenham, FA Cup)

Tomorrow’s clash will be Orient’s third consecutive game against their relegation rivals, so far picking up just one point. New head coach Justin Edinburgh stated to the East London Advertiser it is a game we have to win and we can’t go there thinking anything else will do. I want a good start but also we want to be able to give the fans a performance they can be proud of “.

  • Failed to score in six league games (three away)
  • Scored in four of their last five league games
  • Scored in five of their last six away games 
  • Scored 16/27 league goals in second
  • Scored nine of those in final 15 minutes of games

Sitting just three points above the relegation zone, Embleton knows that “they can’t underestimate them “tomorrow. Speaking to leytonorient.com on Solihull, “they have pace at the top end of the pitch and we think they will be aggressive trying to get the ball behind us. But we have identified a few areas they are vulnerable”. He added “we have to recognise and respect what the opposition are about but we have to make sure we home in on what we’re about”.

  • Conceded 26/39 league goals in first half (most in league)
  • Conceded ten between 1-15 minutes – most in league
  • Conceded ten between 31-45 minutes – second most
  • All 14 games conceded first in, goal has been in first half

Solihull Moors head into tomorrow’s crunch clash with Orient on the back of a 1-1 home draw with Gateshead last weekend. Jordan Burrow put Gateshead ahead from the spot but after Russell Penn was sent off, Solihull began searching for an equaliser. Mark Yates’s men did level through Will Atkinson in the second half.

  • Sit 24th on 13 points – eight points from safety
  • League Record – P22  W3  D4  L15  F20  A41
  • No team lost as many games as Solihull
  • Form in last six (all comps) – W0  D2  L4  F2  A11

Manager Yates is the Moors third manager of the season after Liam MacDonald and Richard Money had departed. Yates has overseen two draws and one defeat so far and was pleased with his sides response to falling a goal behind. Speaking to solihullmoorsfc.co.ukI’m delighted with the effort the players showed. I can’t fault them for effort”.

  • Winless in last five league games and just one win in last 14 league games
  • Kept just one clean sheet in league (least amount in league)
  • No clean sheet in last 14 league games 
  • No clean sheet in last 17 games in all competitions
  • Last league clean sheet, 2-0 vs Chester, 05/09/17

However despite playing against ten men for 52 minutes, Solihull could not force a winner. Yates highlighted where his side need to improve “we lacked a little bit of belief and creativity in the final third, if we just anticipated in that final third, there’s a couple of tap in’s, but we didn’t”.

  • Home league record – P11  W1  D3  L7  F10 A21 – worst record in league
  • Conceded the most and scored the least
  • No win in last nine home games – D3  L6
  • Only won one of last 13 home games all season 
  • Only win vs Chester, 2-0, 05/09/17

With the Moors sitting rock bottom, Yates is aware that his side will need to improve in attacking areas if they are to move up the league, “we lacked that killer pass, that killer instinct and that decision making in the final third is just not where we want to be at the moment”.

  • Failed to score in nine games (five at home)
  • Only Guiseley (6) have failed to score in more home games
  • Failed to score in three of last four home games
  • Failed to score in three of last five league games

Yates’s is in his third week in charge at Solihull and is seeing signs of improvement, “there’s green shoots for us to see and positives to for us to build on”. He added “we have got to start somewhere. We have given ourselves again a little base to build on but we cannot keep saying that otherwise we will be in a position where we can’t get ourselves out of it”.

  • Only scored two or more goals in six of 22 league games
  • Scored 14/20 league goals in second half – six of last eight league goals
  • Trailed for 897 minutes in league – second most in league
  • Trailed for 48% of home league games so far this season

With their next two games against their relegation rivals, Yates highlights that Saturday’s clash with Orient is “the most important game of the season so far. Every game we play is a six pointer. Leyton Orient are a massive club but they are on a bad run. We have put in three  good performances recently but our game Saturday needs to be tip top”.

  • Conceded most goals in League
  • Conceded 21/41 league goals in second half
  • Conceded 14 in final 15 minutes of games (eight at home) – most in league
  • Dropped seven points (from five games) in final 15 minutes

Team News

Leyton Orient duo MacAuley Bonne is back from suspension for the trip to Solihull but defender Jake Caprice will serve his ban after his red card at Torquay last weekend. Jamie Sendles-White will serve another two game suspension after being charge with misconduct on Friday. Goalkeeper Charlie Grainger is in contention after coming off injury at Torquay while midfielder Alex Lawless is a doubt after struggling with  groin injury.

Solihull Moors injury list is non existent according to Mark Yates “I am happy to report that we have no injury problems and in fact Sean St Ledger is back in training which is good”. Jamey Osborne is eligible to play after joining on a one month loan deal from Grimsby Town on Friday afternoon.

Head to Head 

Only one previous meeting – 08/08/17 – Leyton Orient 3-1 Solihull Moors

Prediction – Solihull Moors 2-2 Leyton Orient

About mattbristow271993

Boyhood Leyton Orient fan, but love football in general, any league. Football is my passion.
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