Leyton Orient winger James Dayton insists his side head to Eastleigh brimming with confidence after returning to the summit of the National League on Saturday. Orient’s win over Havant put them top for the first time since September and with a tricky trip South, Dayton is excited for the clash. Speaking to leytonorient.com “Eastleigh have been on an okay run, it’s a tough place to go on a Tuesday night but we go there full of confidence after the performance we put on”.
- Sit 1st on 36 points
- League Record – P17 W10 D6 L1 F33 A10
- Two wins in last five
Josh Coulson, MacAuley Bonne and Charlie all struck in the first half before Bonne notched his second and 12th of the campaign to wrap up victory against Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday. Head Coach Justin Edinburgh praised his sides start and response after only their second defeat of the season to Maidstone in the FA Cup. Speaking to leytonorient.com “I am pleased with the performance. It was a positive start and we always looked a threat and were worthy of the win. We spoke during the week ad did a lot of work on the training ground and the players responded”.
- Away League Record – P8 W5 D3 F16 A5
- Best record in division
- Won four of last six in all competitions – W4 D1 L1
- Unbeaten in their last nine away games
- Only lost one of their last 13 away league games – W7 D5 L1
The O’s struck twice in the opening 20 minutes on Saturday and it opened up the game for Orient. Edinburgh’s have found it difficult to break down teams recently but the former Newport man saw his side ooze confidence after opening the scoring. Speaking to East London Advertiser “once we got the early goal the game opened up nicely. It gives you the opportunity to have more calmness and dictate the play a bit more with your passing”.
- Failed to score in three games this season
- Scored in two of their last five games
- Scored in last nine away league games
- Failed in just one of their last 13 away league games
The O’s have been known for their late goals this season but Saturday’s game was the fifth game in their last seven league games where they opened the scoring in the first half. Dayton missed the defeat at Maidstone but returned in the win over Havant and revealed it was a plan to start fast. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we said, we wanted to come out of the blocks sharp and hit Havant hard. We feel we did that with the early goal and we kept our foot on the pedal and kept on going”.
- Joint highest scorers in league
- 19/33 league goals have been scored in second half – 15 after 60th minute
- Nine of their last 14 goals have been scored in first half
- Scored two or more goals in 9/17 league games and their last three away league games
Edinburgh reverted back to the formation and personnel which played the majority of their 13 game unbeaten start to the season on Saturday. The 48 year old praised his midfielders and their fourth goal which capped off the victory. Speaking to leytonorient.com “Craig Clay was immense today, he played off the front foot, Jobi and Dayts has some intricate play. Our fourth goal was as good as we’ve scored this year. The build up play. I thought we had purpose and intent to our game today and it’s what we’ve got to continue”.
- Kept 8 league clean sheets (only Wrexham (10) and AFC Fylde (11) have kept more)
- Kept three in their last four games
- Only conceded four goals in last 11 league games – keeping 7 clean sheets
Tuesday’s game is the first of two away trips this week with a trip to AFC Fylde on Saturday. Orient will be looking to pick up points ahead of their two week break from league action after their defeat in the FA Cup. The O’s drew both games against Eastleigh last season and Edinburgh is aware that it could be tight one again. Speaking to leytonorient.com “they are all big games, all tough games on merit. It’s another tough game on Tuesday but one we go in confident”.
Sam Ling looks set to overcome an ankle injury which forced him off in the victory over Havant. Joe Widdowson will serve the last game of his suspension after his red card against Hartlepool.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 0, Draw 2, Eastleigh 0
Last Time Out – 4-1 vs Havant & Waterlooville
Prediction – Eastleigh 1-1 Leyton Orient