Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh insists his squad will be able to cope with two fixtures in three days. Orient travel to Gateshead on Saturday before hosting Dover Athletic on Monday but the former Newport man feels his squad can deal with the hectic period. Speaking to the East London Advertiser “there is a quick turnaround for Monday which will test the squad but we have a squad which is capable of dealing with it”.
- Only lost one of last seven competitive away matches
- Lost just three of 14 away league matches under Edinburgh – W7 D4 L3
Orient made it back to back wins last weekend courtesy of a 1-0 home win over Boreham Wood, thanks to a second half penalty from MacAuley Bonne. Edinburgh was delighted with the performance of his side, stating to leytonorient.com “I felt my players, every single one of them including the substitutes were immense. It was the best we’ve played for a long time”.
- Orient have only won three games in a row once in 2018
The win over Boreham Wood, saw Orient rise to ninth in the table and continue to progress under Edinburgh. Defender Joe Widdowson felt his side added some composure to their game which helped continue their development. Speaking to leytonorient.com “today we added a calmness with the ball and moved it around the pitch better which is something we have been looking to do. Adding to our intensity without the ball and they combined well to get another good result. Onwards and upwards”.
The most pleasing aspect for Orient was a first clean sheet of the season against Boreham Wood. Edinburgh felt his side’s use of the ball helped them in reduce the chances against them, speaking to leytonorient.com “I thought we were very good with the ball without creating a lot of chances, I felt we managed the game ever so well. For long periods today we were a real force with the ball and it allowed us to be compact and restrict the opposition to very few chances”
- No clean sheet in last six away games –
- Only kept one in last seven away – (last 0-0vs Eastleigh, 17/04/2018)
With no midweek fixture, it was the first chance for Edinburgh to get his side on the training pitch and get some recovery after five games in 14 days. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it was something we needed, in terms of the recovery, we’ve had a lot of games in a short space of time. It’s good to get everyone back to the training ground, we have worked on specific things we felt we needed to touch on”.
The O’s ended last campaign with a 3-1 victory at Gateshead with Widdowson looking for repeat of that performance. Speaking to East London Advertiser “I still remember the final game of last season where we put in a really good performance and got the win, so hopefully we can emulate that”.
Midfielder James Brophy and defender George Elokobi remain sidelined through injury. Matt Harrold and Dale Gorman will travel to Gateshead after coming through a behind closed doors game in midweek. Josh Coulson is available after coming off last weekend with double vision.
Last Time Out – vs Boreham Wood