Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne is confident his side can end their winless run when they host Woking tomorrow afternoon. Both sides head into the game just five points above the relegation zone after results in midweek but Bonne is positive his side can gain a positive result. Speaking to leytonorient.com “We’ll be up for it, they’ll be up for it, there is 22 players on the pitch, they will be one winner and I’m confident it will be us”.
- Sit 17th on 44 points
- Last win – 1-0 vs Chester, 20/02/2018
- League Record – P38 W11 D11 L16 F43 A50
The O’s extended their winless run to six games with 0-0 draw away at Eastleigh last Saturday. Head Coach Justin Edinburgh was pleased with how his side bounced back from defeat to Torquay on the South Coast. Speaking to leytonorient.com “any point away from home is a good one. The response from Tuesday night was positive and certainly in the second half we were the only team who looked like they were going to win”.
- Orient have fallen behind in four of their last five games – Three of last four home games
Midfielder Jobi McAnuff returned to action at Eastleigh after six weeks out and knows his side need to take the positives from the draw into Saturday’s game with Woking. The draw was Orient’s first clean sheet in six games and McAnuff highlighted to leytonorient.com “that was a big target for us, it’s something we need to get back to. Sometimes you have to have perspective on the games and take the point”.
- Kept ten league clean sheets (three at home)
- Kept five clean sheets in 2018, four away
- No clean sheet in last five home games
- Last Clean sheet at home – 0-0 vs Boreham Wood, 06/01/2018
- Two clean sheets in last eight home games
Bonne could be away with Zimbabwe after being called up by his country but the 22 year old declined the call to stay with Orient. Speaking to leytonorient.com “there was a lot of travelling to it, I have played a lot of minutes in my first full season and I didn’t thing I needed any extra games. I appreciate being called up, I am at the stage of my career where I make decision for me and I decided on a full week of training with no travelling to be ready for Woking”.
- Orient have conceded 32/50 league goals in the first half of games
- 11 between 1-15 minutes and 14 between 31-45 minutes
- Six of the last nine conceded have been in first 15 minutes or last 15 minutes of games
- 13/22 conceded under Edinburgh and eight of the last 13 conceded have been in the second half
Bonne has netted 19 times so far this season but much like his team, he has found it hard to find the net in recent games. The striker finds himself seven games without a goal but after recharging his batteries, he is confident he can net against his former club on Saturday. “I haven’t scored in a few games now, I don’t let it affect my game, if I’m not scoring and I am making sure I am being busy. I have done a few early morning sessions which has helped me get my sharpness back and I am really confident of notching on Saturday”.
- Orient have failed to score in 13 league games (six at home)
- Failed to score in their last two
- Only scored one goal in last four league matches and just three in their last six league games
- Have not scored two or more goals in their last seven league games
After wins in midweek for Solihull Moors and Hartlepool, Orient are now looking over their shoulders at the teams below them. After creating an eight point gap last weekend, assistant Manager Ross Embleton is aware his side need wins to pull them out of danger. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we have found ourselves in situation this year, no means where we want to be. We find ourselves in a position where we need to pull some wins together. We don’t expect them (Woking) to make it easy for us, we know they haven’t been on a good run of late but we have a good week to prepare”.
- Record against Bottom half – P17 W8 D4 L5 – 28/44 league points
- Home record – W3 D2 L3
With this weekend being an International break, Orient are hoping for a bumper crowd at Brisbane Road after announcing adult tickets are just £5. Embleton is hoping the message has reached the local community and the added support can help them to a first home win in 2018, “the important thing from everyone’s perspective is to understand what having a good crowd can be having them behind us. We have a responsibility to got out, set an intensity and a tone to make it exciting and get people of their seats”.
- Home League Record – P19 W5 D6 L8 F25 A24
- No win in their last seven – D3 L4
- Last win – 26/12/2017 – 2-0 vs Dagenham & Redbridge
- Only won three home games since 4th September – W3 D6 L8
Woking arrive in E10 on the back of a 2-2 home draw with Wrexham last weekend. Josh Staunton opened to the scoring for Woking before putting through his own net 12 minutes before half time. Marcus Kelly put Wrexham ahead but Joey Jones struck ten minutes from time to earn Woking a point.
- Sit 18th on 44 points
- Form in last six – D2 L4
- Last wins 1-0 vs Chester, 10/02/2018
- League Record – P38 W12 D8 L18 F47 A60
Despite taking a point, manager Anthony Limbrick was left seething after his side were denied a late penalty after Reece Grego-Cox ws brought down. Speaking to Wokingfc.co.uk Limbrick stated “we showed how close we came today, if I am honest we should be talking about the win after an absolute blatant penalty. Reece is through on goal, One on One, I thought it was a disgraceful decision”.
- Failed to score in nine league games (two away)
- Failed to score in two of their last four
- Scored in three of their last four away games
After picking a point against a promotion contender, Goalkeeper Nathan Baxter is keen for his side to perform against the team in and around them. Speaking to wokingfc.co.uk “we actually played really well in the second half, I thought it was a real great performance from the team. The two goals were sloppy from our point of view. We need to find a way of transferring performances against the top sides into the Halifax’s”.
- Kept eight league clean sheets (two away)
- No clean sheet in last three – conceding seven
- Kept three in their last eight – all at home
- No clean sheet in last nine away games – 3-0 at Bury, FA Cup, 14/11/2017
- Conceded two or more in eight of their last nine away games
The point was only Woking 10th of 2018 and Baxter is fully aware that it is not good enough. The Cardinals sat 3rd in October but just two wins from their last 20 in all competitions has left Woking looking over their shoulder. Speaking to wokingfc.co.uk, Baxter stated “we have really good team spirit, we have stuck together, the supporters are rightfully unhappy about how we have performed, it’s hasn’t been good enough”.
- Conceded 34/60 league goals in the first half – including 15 between 31-45 minutes (20/35 away from home)
- Only Guiseley conceded more in that period
- Five of their last six games – Woking have conceded a goal between 31-45 minutes
A major stumbling block for Limbrick’s men has been their dreadful away record. The Cardinals have only taken 12 points away so far this season but that will have to change with four of their next five league games on the road. Speaking to wokingfc.co.uk, Limbrick stated “There are only a few teams that have won as many games as us at home, we know what is needed now and that is for the away form to pick up,We are very positive at home and it is frustrating that are away form hasn’t been up there.
- Away League Record – P18 W3 D3 L12 F18 A35
- Only Guiseley (9) have taken less points away
- Winless in their last nine games – D2 L7
- No away league win since 03/10/2017 – 2-0 at Chester (11 games, D3 L8)
- Lost their last three and four of their last five on the road
Woking lost 2-0 to Orient back in August but Limbrick is keen for his side to go to Brisbane Road looking to pick up maximum points, “they are a huge club, I am sure they expected to be up there at the start. They have a big budget and a lot of fans. We are looking forward to going there. We will put a plan together and go and get something from the game”.
- Scored 27/47 league goals in the second half – 13/18 away goals
- Scored 14 between 46-60 minutes – the most in the division
Orient have available both Ebou Adams and MacAuley Bonne after being given permission by their country to play. Jobi McAnuff could continue on the wing while Josh Koroma is pushing for a start after impressing off the bench at Eastleigh. Jake Caprice could return to the squad after missing the game last weekend while Myles Judd and Dan Happe are continuing their comebacks from injury.
Woking are set to be without Reece Grego-Cox who is away on International duty with Ireland U21’s. Josh Staunton should be available after playing for England C in midweek alongside Louis Ramsey who returned to action after injury in the draw with Wrexham. Jordan Wynter and Chez Isaac could return to the squad while Fabio Saraiva and Jonny Edwards will be hoping for recalls to the starting 11.
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Woking