Leyton Orient striker Dan Holman insists that his side want the games to keep on coming while they are winning. The O’s extended their unbeaten run to four games with a 1-0 away victory at AFC Fylde on Saturday courtesy of Macauley Bonne’s first half penalty. Ahead of their trip to Chester tomorrow, Holman stated to leytonorient.com “when you are winning games, you just want that next one to come. We go in positive and with confidence to go and get another result”.
- Sit 16th on 39 points – six points above relegation zone
- Form in last six – W2 D3 L1
- Last defeat – 3-2 vs Aldershot, 23/01/18
- League Record – P33 W10 D9 L14 F41 A47
Orient continue to improve under head coach Justin Edinburgh and the former Newport man was thrilled with another three points. Speaking to BBC London “I’m delighted, I thought we were worthy of the three points, I thought we were aggressive, controlled and looked a real threat on the counter”.
- 21 of Orient’s 39 points have come against the bottom half – P14 W6 D3 L5
- Orient have lost both away games played against the current bottom four – (3-0 vs Torquay, 1-0 vs Solihull Moors)
Orient were rarely put under pressure at Fylde with Holman crediting the defence for providing a stable base for his side. Speaking to leytonorient.com “the defence did brilliantly and we got the three points. We all performed well and did a job. We have got to do that away from home, be solid and get wins”.
- Kept eight league clean sheets (five away)
- First clean sheet in six on Saturday
- First clean sheet in four away from home (three in last six)
- Three clean sheets in last four away league games
With another away game on Tuesday, Edinburgh is keen for his to continue their good form on the road. The O’s are unbeaten in their last seven on their travels with Edinburgh stating to leytonorient.com “we spoke to the players about how we have not been beaten since my first game in charge. We take great belief in performing and managing games very well picking up some victories along the way”.
- Away League Record – P16 W5 D4 L7 F17 A25
- Last defeat – 1-0 vs Solihull Moors, 02/12/18
- Three wins in a row (90 mins) for first time since January/ February 2016
- Won three of last four away
In recent games, Orient have looked a real threat in attack with Holman and Bonne’s partnership continuing to grow. Backed up wingers, Josh Koroma and James Brophy, Orient should have scored more on Saturday as they created numerous chances in the second half. Edinburgh highlighted to BBC London the missed chances could have cost his team, “on a another day they might have come back to haunt us with the last block we had to do at the end. We are getting better all the time”
- Failed to score in ten league games (five away)
- Scored in last six – scoring 12 in total
- Last failed to score – 0-0 vs Boreham Wood, 06/01/18
- Scored in six of their last seven away games
- Scored two or more in three of last four away games
Competition for places is fierce at Leyton Orient with Justin Edinburgh naming the same side for their past two games. Holman joined on loan from Cheltenham in January and is fully aware that everyone has to fight for the shirt, “competition is there 100%, day in and day out in training. It’s intense, everyone wants a place and when you have got competition, you have got to perform”.
- Conceded 30/47 league goals in first half (16/25 away) – second worse behind Chester and Guiseley (31)
- Only five of 13 goals conceded under Edinburgh have been in first half
- 24/41 league goals scored have been in second half but 10/17 away in first half
- 15 of 22 under Edinburgh and 19 of the last 27 goals scored been in second half
Chester host Orient after picking up their first victory in seven games on Saturday with a 3-1 home win over Eastleigh. Ross Hannah’s double and a James Akinunde strike help boost Chester survival hopes.
- Sit 22nd on 30 points
- Form in last six – W1 D1 L4
- Only three league wins in last 17 games – W3 D6 L8
- League Record – P33 W6 D12 L15 F30 A53
In a testing last month for Marcus Bignot’s men the victory finally gave them a win at home . With the threat of having to find £50,000 to get them through till the end of the season, Bignot was delighted for the home fans. Speaking to National League Paper, “considering what has gone on in the recent days, I am overjoyed with the performance that the boys gave us. Every one of them played their part in this victory and the commitment and heart shown was extremely impressive”.
- Home League Record – P16 W4 D4 L8 F16 A25
- 3rd worse record in league, only Torquay (14) and Guiseley (13) taken fewer points at home
- First home win since 9th December – W1 D2 L2
With all of the off field problems going on, Bignot was happy that the talking was done on the pitch by his side. Speaking to chesterchronicle.co.uk “today was about these players who went out on the pitch and put in the performance and got a superb result against a very good team”.
- Kept five league clean sheets (joint lowest in league)
- No clean sheet in last seven
- Last clean sheet 1-0 win at Ebbsfleet, 06/01/18
- No clean sheet in last five home games
- Just one clean sheet in last 11 home games – (1-0 vs Solihull Moors, 09/12/17)
Sitting five points from safety, Bignot knows the importance of backing up Saturday’s win on Tuesday when Orient visit. Speaking to chesterchronicle.co.uk “we haven’t had back to back yet, when we do, it will change the whole complexion of the league table”. The former Grimsby man is fully aware of the task if his side are to beat to the drop but with 13 games to go, “we are in a mini league now. February, March and April is the business end now, if we get on our run now we will defy the odds. We have a group of players and a manager who believe we can”.
- Have not won back to back games since December 2016 – 2-1 vs Witton FA Trophy and 2-0 vs Aldershot League
Midfielder Dominic Vose joined Chester last week on non contract terms and the 24 year old was delighted to get back playing. It was only Vose’s second start of the season after finding it hard to force his way into the first team at Bromley. Speaking to chesterfc.com “I haven’t played all season and I enjoyed being back out there. It’s been up and down, there was just a switch in my head, go and play football till the end of the season. I had a good conversation with the gaffer and we would help each other”.
- 2nd Lowest scorers in League, only Guiseley have scored fewer
- Failed to score in 13 league games
- Scored for first time in three games on Saturday
- Scored in last three home games and five of their last six
- Only scored two or more goals eight times this season, – first time in 12 games on Saturday
Vose capped his first start since 2nd December assisting Akintunde’s goal in stoppage time. The former Grimsby man now knows his side have to go into Orient with some momentum, “we have got to be confident going into Tuesday and Leyton Orient. It’s all about us, we can’t worry about them or who they are. They are coming to our gaff, we have got to be strong and have quality going forward”.
- Conceded 31/53 league goals in first half (15/25 home) – joint most in league
- Their last five conceded and seven of their last nine have been in first half
- Scored 18/30 (9/16 home) league goals in second half
- Six of their last nine and four of their last six home goals have been scored in second half
Leyton Orient named an unchanged squad on Saturday in their victory at AFC Fylde, with Jobi McAnuff (shoulder) and Myles Judd (neck) still out through injury. Recent signings Sam Ling and Nathan Mavilla await to make their debuts.
Midfielder Dominic Vose is expected to start after impressing in his first appearance for the club. Striker Ross Hannah will be hoping to add to his eight league goals this season while Myles Anderson and Jordan Gough are struggling with injury.
Head to Head – Orient 13, Draw 8, Chester 10
Last meeting – 21/11/2017 – Leyton Orient 2-2 Chester
- Orient have scored in 11 of the last 12 meetings between sides
- Orient are unbeaten in their last 7 trips to Chester – W4 D3 – last losing back in 1995
Prediction – Chester 1-3 Leyton Orient