Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh hopes his can build on their first win of the season when they host Boreham Wood tomorrow. The O’s are one of six unbeaten sides in the National League with Edinburgh keen to extend that run. Speaking to leytonorient.com “If we take Tuesday’s confidence after the win, we know there is room for improvement, but we are edging closer all the time”.
Goals from Josh Koroma and Marvin Ekpiteta secured Orient’s first three points of the season in a 2-1 win at Maidstone. Shamir Mullings did pull a goal back Orient hung on for maximum points, a result which thrilled Edinburgh. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it feels extremely good, we have been in a fight and taken all the way. I’m pleased for the players because under difficult circumstances, we have conceded two leads consecutively in late fashion. They stood firm tonight even though it was right till the end”.
Defender Ekpiteta headed his first professional goal on Tuesday and was pleased that his side dug into the get their first win. The former East Thurrock defender has impressed this season following George Elokobi’s injury and the 22 year old has been happy with how he has been performing. Speaking to leytonorient.com “I have come in and I think I have done alright in the past three games. I just need to keep it up”.
- Orient have failed to keep a clean sheet this season
- Only kept one in last 11 league games
- Only kept one clean sheet in last five home games (1-0 vs Wrexham)
Assistant coach Ross Embleton spoke to the O’s Show on his sides start to the season and about some of the work they have been doing on the training ground. Speaking to the O’s Show “we’ve worked on a few things really that we felt we needed to correct after the first few games. Not convinced that we have quite got going with ball so we put more emphasis on what we did in possession. We started to see more of that on Tuesday”.
- Orient have scored in all four games this season
- Only failed in one of their last seven in league
- Scored in nine of their last 11 home games
It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Orient have struggled in recent seasons at home but Edinburgh is hopeful that his side can grab their first victory at the Breyer Group Stadium tomorrow. Orient fell behind early against Barrow in last home match and Edinburgh is aware that his side need to be alert early on. Speaking to leytonorient.com “We have had two contrasting performances at home, we haven’t quite started well enough to get a foothold and dictate the pace of the game. We know we want to play at home, we got to concentrate and start better”.
The O’s struggled against Boreham Wood last season, only taking one point from a possible six with Edinburgh aware that tomorrow’s game could be another tight affair. Speaking to leytonorient.com “they are a very organised team, they performed very consistently last year and have started the season in the same manner. They are a very difficult team to play against and they don’t conceded many goals so we will have to be at our best”.
Jobi McAnuff should be available after missing the trip to Maidstone with a swollen ankle. Myles Judd, James Dayton and Josh Koroma all started on Tuesday and we all be hoping to keep their place in the starting 11. Midfielder Dale Gorman is very close to full fitness but should be fit for next weekend’s trip to Gateshead.
Edinburgh to leytonorient.com “we have a lot of games in a short space of time. I am fully confident we can rotate, I don’t think at any time we have been weakening the team. When blessed with a squad, we have to use it. It pay dividends on Tuesday, we will have a look whether we need to freshen it up”.
Last Time out vs Maidstone United