Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson wants to get their weekend defeat out of the system when they visit Gateshead tomorrow in their FA Trophy Quarter Final replay. After last week’s initial date was postponed, Orient travel north after suffering their first defeat in seven games at Dover Athletic on Saturday. Mitch Pinnock’s winner eight minutes from time handed Orient their first away defeat since the 2nd December.
- Sit 16th in National League
- Form in last six – W3 D2 L1
Widdowson who has been an ever present throughout the season stated to leytonorient.com “it’s good to have a game on Tuesday night, it’s a different competition and away from the league. We need to go there and try and get a result to progress to the semi-finals, that’s our aim now”.
- Orient have not lost back to back games since the start of December (Torquay, 3-0, Solihull Moors, 1-0)
Despite the defeat Justin Edinburgh felt his side deserved a share of the spoils but highlights that his side our their own worst enemies at the moment. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it was a disappointing end to the game, I thought we were fast out of the blocks and efficient. We certainly should have been coming away with at least a point but we have been the instigators with an individual error that has cost us the game”
- Seven of the last eight conceded have been in the second half of games
- 12 of the 17 conceded under Edinburgh have been in the second half
After back to back clean sheets, Edinburgh’s Orient side have conceded four goals in their last two games – all the goals coming in the last 30 minutes of games. The former Newport man illustrated that despite good performances from individuals, his side need to be stronger defensively. Speaking to BBC London “it was an individual error, our mind set has got to be to have a greater desire to stop conceding goals because there was a lot of real positive performances. Craig Clay and Ebou Adams were quite outstanding today and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side”.
- Kept 11 clean sheets – (seven away)
- Two clean sheets in last three away
- Two clean sheets in last nine games
- Kept four clean sheets in their last eight away games
- Conceded eight goals in four trophy games this season
Orient’s game at Dover at the weekend was the only game in the National League to survive the weather conditions of the past week. Despite the disruptive week, Widdowson was quick to highlight that it wasn’t to blame for their loss, “we had a couple of players missing today, it happen sometimes in football, you don’t get the ideal preparation but it’s no excuse, we still had a good team out today. We didn’t play well enough”.
- Failed to score in 11 games this season
- Scored in eight of their last nine games
- Saturday was the first time Orient failed to score since 06/01/2018 (Boreham Wood, 0-0)
- Scored two or more in five of their last nine games
- Scored in seven of their last nine away games
Orient have a second chance to progress to the semi finals on Tuesday but with illness striking the camp, Edinburgh will have to assess to who makes the trip to the North East. With the weather improving, Edinburgh is aware that his side are still in limbo to if the conditions will be good enough to play. Speaking to leytonorient.com, “we will have to reassess, look at the bodies and illness and get the mindset going for Tuesday. We are in the lapse of the Gods to see if it goes ahead, but we’ll be prepared to go up there”.
- Away record this season – P22 W8 D5 L9 F26 A33
- Lost only one of their last nine – W7 D1 L1
- Last defeat – 1-0 vs Dover Athletic, 02/12/17
- Won four of their last five on the road – scoring eight
The Heed Army have not played since the 3-3 draw at Brisbane Road after their weekend trip to Tranmere Rovers was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions. The break has given manager Steve Watson some time to reflect on the first encounter. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.com “it gave us a chance to give players a rest after all the games they have been playing and a chances to assess where we could do better and what went wrong”.
In their FA Trophy run, Steve Watson’s Gateshead side certainly have had a never say die attitude, for the third consecutive tie his side battled back from a losing position to earn a replay. However the former Newcastle man would love a straight forward round but knows his side don’t like doing things simply. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.com “I would love to do things the easy way but we don’t seem to be able to”
- Sit 14th in National League
- One win in last five – last win 1-0 at Guiseley, 13/02/18
- Form in last six – W2 D2 L2
With just one win in the previous four games, Watson will be hoping his side start better than they did at Brisbane Road. Gateshead were 3-0 down after 57 minutes bt fought back to gain the draw. Speaking after the initial tie to Gateshead-fc.com “we were poor, we didn’t return the ball how we needed to in an away game against a team in good form. Most of their attacks came from us giving the ball away, we came in 1-0 down and deservedly so”.
- Kept 14 clean sheets (nine at home)
- Only kept two in their last six games
- Last clean sheet – 1-0 at Guiseley, 13/02/18
- Only kept one in six trophy games this season
- Kept two in last three at home – last 3-0 vs Maidstone FA Trophy, 06/02/18
The Heed army are definitely a second half team and Watson illustrates that the players need to start games how they finish them. For the fifth game in their last seven Gateshead fell behind, “it is very difficult to rule our boys out, we have come back so many times, the hardest thing for me now is to get them to believe and start playing games how they finish them”. He added “we always know we are in a game, if we are still in with a shout with half hour to go, we will pile on the pressure”.
- Ten of their last 12 goals have been scored in the second half
- 19 of the 25 goals scored in 2018 have been in the second half
- Failed to score in nine games this season
- Scored in last seven games – last failed 0-0 vs Wrexham, 30/01/18
- Only failed to score in one of last 13 games
Striker Johnson has had a tough few months but after netting his first goals since November on Saturday, he is hoping it can kick start his scoring till the end of the season. The 24 year old acknowledges that his side always find a way in the trophy to get a result. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.com “I think we’ve played a team in our defence every round. In football, it’s never going to be simple. But sometimes you look at a cup run and think, yes it is our time, it’s going to fall for us”.
With the replay on Tuesday, Watson is hoping his side take some momentum and belief into the return game. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.com “hopefully we have got some momentum and some belief. If we go in carrying the momentum that we had in the last 20-25 minutes at home. It will be a tough place for them to come, they are a good side and have some good players”.
- Home record this season – P20 W9 D7 L6 F30 A25
- Won two of their last five – last win 3-0 vs Maidstone, 06/02/18
- Only won three home games since Start of December – W3 D4 L3
- Scored in seven of last nine home game
Richard Peniket struck the equaliser at the death at Brisbane Road and knows he side wil be up for the challenge that awaits them on Tuesday night. Speaking to Gateshead-fc.com “we are looking forward to it obviously, we’re hoping that they might be thinking “oh, a long trip to Gateshead and might not be up for it” He added “we’ll be expecting a tough game again but we’re delighted considering we were 3-0 down to still be in the competition”
Leyton Orient will have to assess whether midfielder James Brophy (illness) and defender Dan Happe (food poisoning) will be fit to travel. . George Elokobi and Jobi McAnuff missed the first tie and are set to miss Tuesday’s trip north. Sam Ling, Dan Holman and Nathan Mavilla are remain cup tied.
Gateshead will have Nathan Fyfield available after suspension while striker Daniel Johnson will be looking for a start after netting twice from the bench on Saturday. Only Ben Fox is ruled out after being cup tied
Prediction – Gateshead 1-2 Leyton Orient