Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh wants his side to sustain their position at the top of the National League when they host Aldershot on Tuesday evening. The O’s moved three points clear of second placed Salford on Saturday and the former boss stated to Leytonorient.com “there’s always pressure, the next game is huge, we’ve got to back it up”.
- Sit 1st on 46 points
- League Record – P21 W13 D7 L1 F42 A13
- Three win in a row – scoring eight goals
- Taken 17 points from last 21 available
Orient’s 2-0 victory at Wrexham made it a club record 11 away games unbeaten in a season on Saturday. Two goals in the final five minutes from MacAuley Bonne and James Brophy gave the O’s all three points in North Wales. Edinburgh was delighted with the result against one of their promotion rivals, stating to leytonorient.com “it’s a huge performance, very resolute and determined. We had to call upon Dean Brill for probably the first time this season for the amount of saves, but when he was called upon he was top class”.
- Home League Record – P10 W6 D3 L1 F20 A6
- Only Solihull (4) have conceded fewer goals
- Unbeaten in last four – winning two
- Won six of last eight – scoring 17 goals
- Scored two or more goals in five of their last seven home games
The O’s soaked up a lot of Wrexham possession on Saturday, finding chances few and far between. However, after the introduction of James Brophy and James Alabi late in the game they proved the difference with both involved in the winning goals. Edinburgh praised the impact of the duo “their the game changers, their not subs, their game changers and they did that today. Without them we wouldn’t be where we are, it’s what we’re about, the togetherness in the squad is incredibly high, the confidence is high and it shows in the performance” Leytonorient.com
- Kept nine league clean sheets (five at home)
- Kept one in last four games
- Kept four in their last seven
- Kept five in last eight home games – conceding just three
- Conceded just three goals in last seven league games
Midfielder James Brophy praised the defensive display from his side and highlighted the significance of the result against a direct promotion rival. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we were under a lot of pressure, in the first half the boys dug deep and dealt with the pressure and scored goals at key times. These games, the big games with teams in and around us, you come away from home and get three points is a real marker of how we’ve progressed this season”
- Scored in last five games – netting 13 goals
- 26/46 league goals have been scored in second half – only Harrogate (29) have scored more
- Netted 19 goals in final 30 minutes of games
- Have gained seven points in the final 15 minutes of games
It was a gritty performance from Orient who were clinical when the chances were presented in the second half. MacAuley Bonne struck the opener his fifth goal in his last five games and Edinburgh highlight the clinical nature of the striker. Speaking to leytonorient.com “with the form we’re in and the front boys, if we got the chance we will dispatch. When it falls in the box, it is the one person you want to see it fall to MacAuley Bonne, that’s why he is the player he is, he dispatched it incredibly well, the second one sublime finish as well“.
- Scored two or more goals in eight of their last 11 league games and four of their last five
- Only failed to score in two league games
Orient’s victory on Saturday put daylight between themselves and Salford however despite the gap, Edinburgh dismissed any hint of complacency from his side against Aldershot on Tuesday. Speaking to leytonorient.com “that group won’t allow that, they are driven professionals who have broken a club record today staying unbeaten away from home. They deserve that, we have spoke about it with the sole concentration on Tuesday”.
James Brophy and James Alabi will be pushing for starts after their impact off the bench on Saturday. Charlie Lee returned to training on Monday so the game will be too early for him while Sam Ling is still returning from his ankle injury. Sam Sargeant is doubtful through injury while Charlie Grainger is out with a broken wrist.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 16, Draw 18, Aldershot 19
- Orient have only lost two of the last 15 meetings between sides
- Both defeats have come at home
- Six of the last eight meetings have seen two or more goals
Last Time Out – 2-0 win at Wrexham
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-0 Aldershot