Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is hoping his side can pick up their first win of the season when they travel to face Maidstone United tomorrow night. The O’s have drew all three fixtures so far but Edinburgh revealed to the nationalleague.org “ we’re unbeaten and although we have yet to get that win we are playing well on the whole and we are creating chances”.
Orient head to the Gallagher stadium on the back of a 2-2 home draw with Barrow. Jack Hindle put Barrow ahead early in the first period with Edinburgh stating to leytonorient.com “it was way off we are expecting and what we expect from ourselves”. MacAuley Bonne struck his first goals of the season to put Orient 2-1 up but they couldn’t hold on to the lead leaving Raul Correira to bundle the ball home five minutes from time.
- Orient have only lost one of their last six away league games
- Have only lost three of 13 away league games under Edinburgh – W6 D4 L3
The O’s have led in the latter stages of their last two games but haven’t been able to see the game out, an issue which is frustrating Edinburgh. Speaking to guardian-series.co.uk “the second half we dominated and when you get yourself in front you expect to see that through. I’m very disappointed that for two consecutive games now, we haven’t been able to see it out”.
Captain Jobi McAnuff feels his side have to put a performance in for 90 minutes and learn their lessons quickly ahead of their trip to Maidstone. It was the second game this season where Orient had to battle back from a goal behind with McAnuff stating to leytonorient.com “we feel we have more than enough to match anyone, it is a different kind of pressure we’ve got to deal with. We have to take it upon ourselves and have extra bravery on the ball. It’s still early in the season and we have things to work on and look at”.
- Orient have only won of 11 games conceding first under Edinburgh – W1 D5 L5
Despite it being the first time since 2012, an Orient side have failed to win any of their opening three league games, Edinburgh remains positive ahead of a fourth game in 10 days. Speaking to nationalleague.org “it will come, I don’t think we are far away from three points at all, it’s a matter of time. We dust ourselves down and we’re positive, the league won’t settle down until 12 games in, we just need that first victory”.
McAnuff who has been a shinning light this season highlights that with the National League’s hectic schedule it gives them a perfect opportunity to put their recent disappointment behind them. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we have to look forward to the next game, it’s a chance to put it right. That’s the beauty of having so many games, we need to make sure we get that first win”.
The O’s completed the league double over the Stones last season but despite Orient not reaching the standards he thinks they should be at, Edinburgh is confident of success on Tuesday. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we are scoring and creating chances, I still don’t think we are anywhere near where should be or anywhere we want to be. We go there confident, we are unbeaten in three games, there is certainly more to come”.
Marvin Ekpiteta will continue alongside Josh Coulson in defence, while Josh Koroma is pushing for a start in attack. MacAuley Bonne will be looking to add to his first goals of the season tomorrow with Edinburgh still unsure of his first choice central midfield pairing. Summer signing Dale Gorman is closing in on a first team return with Matt Harrold slightly behind.
Ross Embleton to East London Advertiser on the squad “it is important we have the opportunity to rotate players, we have some in the team who can’t keep doing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday. We will manage the squad to keep everyone on board and working in the right direction”.