Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh admits the season is finishing too soon for his side. The O’s sit in mid table after the former Newport man guided them to safety after a difficult first campaign in the National League. The 48 year old has made Orient harder to beat and speaking to leytonorient.com he stated “I am hoping everyone can see the potential and what I am trying to do. Myself, the staff and the players can see their is real optimism for next season”.
- Sit 14th on 54 points
- Form in last Six – W3 D2 L1
- League Record – P43 W14 D12 L17 F54 A54
The O’s lost their first game in six away at Hartlepool on Tuesday. Louis Laing’s first half header was the difference between the sides as Orient struggled to create chances. Josh Koroma wasted their best chance of the night but Edinburgh highlighted to leytonorient.com “perhaps we need to have a little bit more creativity in that final third. For the periods that we spent in Hartlepool’s half throughout the 95 minutes, we just didn’t pick the right pass or final ball that would open them up”.
- Failed to score in 14 league game (six at home)
- First game in five failed to score on Tuesday
- Scored in six of their last seven home games
- Scored two or more in four of their eight home games in 2018
- Scored seven in their last two home games
Goalkeeper Dean Brill was disappointed that despite having the majority of possession, his side were hit by a set piece. The former Colchester keeper has been Orient’s number one since Edinburgh arrived and hopes his side can bounce back on Saturday. Speaking to leytonorient.com “since the gaffer’s come in especially if we had disappointment or a lost, we have really bounced back well, in football there is nothing better than having a game in a couple of days to do that”.
- Kept 11 league clean sheets (four at home)
- No clean sheet in last four
- Last clean sheet (3-0 vs Woking, 24/03/2018)
- Two clean sheets in last six
- Only kept one clean sheet in last seven home games
After gaining back to back home victories, Edinburgh is keen for his side to continue their winning momentum at Brisbane Road. It will be a tough ask hosting a Wrexham side eyeing up the play offs “we want to make it three on Saturday and four on Tuesday. We know we have got tough opponents in Wrexham , who are in a position that we would love to be in”. He added “we have given a very good account of ourselves whether that be against Barrow or Woking or top of the table Macclesfield. It’s the last Saturday home game and it’s our duty to put a performance in to get that 3rd straight victory”.
- Home League Record – P21 W7 D6 L8 F32 A25
- Won their last two
- Only lost one of their last six – W2 D3 L1 (defeat, 0-1 vs Torquay, 13/03/18)
- Only lost two of eight home games in 2018
- Last won three home games in a row August 2015
After several seasons of nail bitting finishes or despair, most O’s fans have welcomed a rather dull end to the season. However Edinburgh is keen for his side to create momentum to take into the summer, “we want to press hard until the end of the season, it is key for us, we have spoke to the players and they know how important it is to finish strongly”. The O’s could still grab a top half spot and Edinburgh highlighted it still maintains their aim “we are focused on making sure we get as many points as we can to finish as high up in the table as we can”.
- Nine of last 17 goals scored have been in the second half
- Eight of the last 12 conceded have been in the first half
- Top half Record – P22 W4 D8 L10
- Home Record – W2 D4 L4
Wrexham head to East London knowing a win is a must if they want a place in the play offs. The Dragons dropped out of the play offs on Tuesday night after Ebbsfleet’s win at Eastleigh. Wrexham continued their poor recent form last weekend with a 2-1 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge. Paul Rutherford gave them the lead but Fejiri Okenabirhie levelled the scores before David Raven put through his own net.
- Sit 8th on 69 points – one point outside play offs
- No win in last five – D2 L3
- Form in last six – W1 D2 L3
- Only won two of their last 12 – W2 D7 L3
- League Record – P44 W17 D18 L9 F49 A38
Manager Andy Davies couldn’t believe that his side came away with no points last week, speaking to dailypost.co.uk he stated “anybody who watched that game will first and foremost not understand how we haven’t won it. In terms of pressure, chances and opportunities, especially second, it is a wonder how we haven’t come away with the win”.
- Failed to score in 12 league games (eight away)
- Failed to score in two of their last four
- Only Scored four goals in last six games
- Scored in three of last four away
- Only scored two or more in four away league games
The Dragons promotion bid has been halted with Dean Keates’s departure in March to Walsall, Davies’s side have only taken five points from a possible 18 on offer. Despite their dip in form, Davies knows that with everybody taking points off each other, it is clear what his side have to do. “We have got two games left, Leyton Orient away, which is a game we have got to go and get three points in and that sets up the last game of the season. Other teams are going to drop points, so we’ve got to make sure we are in there and remain positive which we will be going down to Orient on Saturday”.
- Away League Record – P22 W7 D9 L6 F18 A21
- Only Halifax (17) have scored less away
- No win in last six – D5 L1 (defeat, 3-0 vs Eastleigh, 10/04/2018)
- Only won two of their last 12 – W2 D7 L3
- Five of their seven wins have been by one goal
Despite netting the opener against Dagenham, Paul Rutherford’s goal wasn’t enough to gain some points. The 30 year old insists that his side still believe that they can reach the play offs, speaking to wrexhamafc.co.uk “we will fight tooth and nail to get in there, if we play like we did today then we give ourselves a good chance to win”. Wrexham have draw 18 games this season but Rutherford makes it clear what his side have to do “we need to get maximum points, we need to make sure we do our business, it is a massive game next week, full focus making sure we take the points”
- Scored 25/49 league goals in second half (10/18 away)
- Last three have been in the first half
- Conceded 21/38 league goals in first half
- Nine between 1-15 minutes and Nine between 31-45 minutes
- 1/3 of their away league goals have been conceded in the first 15 minutes of games (6/18)
Saturday’s defeat for Wrexham was the third game in a row they failed to win after taking the lead. Striker Scott Quigley is fully aware that if his side are to challenge it is something they will have to eradicate. Speaking to wrexhamafc.co.uk “There is only two games left, we are still there depending on other results, a few games we have been front and we have thrown away the lead, it’s not good enough”.
- Kept 21 league clean sheets – most in National League (ten away)
- No clean sheet in last five – conceding eight
- Last clean sheet – 1-0 vs Maidstone, 24/03/2018
- No Clean sheet in last four away, just one in last six away (0-0 vs Solihull, 20/02/2018)
Winger Jack Mackreth wants his side to replicate their performance of last week, despite the defeat the winger felt his side did not more than enough to earn victory. Speaking to wrexhamafc.co.uk “we were on the front foot all game and missed a lot of chances, if we replicate the performance of today and are positive and on the front foot, we can go and beat Orient next week”.
- Have only lost one of their 23 games against the bottom half (2-1 vs Maidstone) P23 W10 D12 L1 42/69 points
- Away record – P11 W3 D7 L1
Leyton Orient will have to check on the fitness of defender George Elokobi and winger James Brophy who both came off injured on Tuesday night. Dan Happe could start alongside Marvin Ekpiteta in defence while Lemar Reynolds could start on the wing. Josh Coulson and James Dayton remain injured but Dan Holman and Alex Lawless could return to the squad.
Wrexham will still be without striker Chris Holroyd who remains out through injury but Kevin Roberts returns after completing his suspension. Jack MacKreth should continue in midfield after assisting Paul Rutherford’s goal last weekend.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 11, Draw 11, Wrexham 11
Last meeting – 28/10/2017 – Wrexham 2-2 Leyton Orient
- Wrexham have only won one of their last six trips to Brisbane Road
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-2 Wrexham