Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh wants his side to make it ten unbeaten when they face FC Halifax tomorrow. The O’s made it nine without defeat on Tuesday night, their best run since 2013 and Edinburgh is keen for his side to maintain the belief that has been created. Speaking to leytonorient.com “there is a real belief in the group, what we’ve go to do is keep hold of it, there is a fantastic feeling”.
- Sit 2nd on goal difference
- League Record – P9 W5 D4 L0 F15 A6
Charlie Lee, Macauley Bonne and Matt Harrold all struck in a 3-0 win over Solihull Moors on Tuesday making it five wins from the last six. The O’s could have fallen behind before taking the lead on the stroke of half time with Edinburgh describing this is a key moment. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it was a tough game against a very good team. We are finding different ways to win games. They probably had the best two chances in the first half hour but we took the lead at a very crucial time”.
Goalkeeper Dean Brill made some key saves on Tuesday helping Orient to a third consecutive clean sheet. Brill was brought into the first team when Edinburgh took over and has been an ever present ever since. The 32 year old highlighted to East London Advertiser the unity the team has “it is a good group, we know each other which is really key. Continuity is massive, if you look at any team that wins, playing, getting partnerships and understandings is key”.
- Kept four clean sheets in last five games
- Only conceded one goal in last 460 minutes
- Only trailed for 11 minutes in last six matches
Orient have named the same starting 11 for the last five games with Edinburgh aware that with competition for places fierce, no player wants to miss out. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it’s always tempting, I trust my players, we have continuous dialogue with them. One or Two may need a rest, if they tell me they’re okay, I trust and believe them. I wouldn’t want to be coming out of this team right now, if you do you might not get back in”.
- Orient have scored in every league game this season
- Have scored in seven of their last eight away games
Saturday’s trip to Halifax is the start of three tough games for Orient but Brill is keen for his side to keep the run going. Speaking to East London Advertiser “we keep saying don’t let it go, we’re now fighting to stay unbeaten”. The sides last met in January with them both at the other end of the table and Brill is aware of how difficult the trip is “it’s going to be a tough game, they’ve started really well. It’s always a tough game when you go up North but we’ll recover right and be ready to go Saturday”.
- Only lost one of their last nine away games
- Away league record under Edinburgh – W8 D5 L3
Tuesday’s victory saw another two goals scored after 75 minutes, the fourth consecutive game in which Orient had score late. Orient have earnt four points after the 75th minute away this season and Brill highlights that it is a very good trait to have. Speaking to East London Advertiser ” I think we know as a team we’re fit and strong and we’ve been tending to come strong late in games which bodes well going forward as if we can keep that momentum, teams will be wary of us in the later stages”.
- 11/15 goals have been scored in the second half
- Netted eight in the final 15 minutes of games – the most in top five English Leagues
- Six of last eight have been scored after 75 minutes
Leyton Orient will be without midfielder Dale Gorman who is away on International duty. George Elokobi and James Brophy remain out with hamstring injuries while Sam Ling could be back involved after an ankle injury. Charlie Lee could be a doubt after picking up a dead leg in Tuesday’s win over Solihull Moors.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 11, Draw 4, FC Halifax and (Halifax Town 5
(record includes Halifax Town before reformation to FC Halifax in 2008)
- Orient have only lost one of the last 12 meetings – W8 D3 L1
- Have not lost an away fixture since 1988 – W4 D2
Last Time Out – vs Solihull Moors