Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh insist his side are keeping focused ahead of their trip to Boreham Wood tomorrow. The freshly named November Manager of Month admits he didn’t expect his side to be top of the league but is fully aware there is still plenty of work to be done. Speaking to the O’s Show “we’re not getting ahead of ourselves or getting carried away. We are at the halfway stage, the challenge is to now replicate what we have done in the previous 23 games. It is a tough and tall order but a challenge we are looking forward to”
- Sit 1st on 50 points – a point clear of Salford
- League Record – P23 W14 D8 L1 F44 A13
- Only Salford (22) have taken more points in last ten games (21)
The O’s head to Hertfordshire after extending their unbeaten run to nine games with a 2-0 home victory over Gateshead last Saturday. Josh Koroma and MacAuley Bonne struck in the second half to keep Orient in top spot. Assistant coach Ross Embleton was pleased his side got back to winning ways before a week on the training ground. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it was important to sign off the week with a good feeling. To bounce back with three points was vitally important”.
Saturday’s victory over Gateshead included another clean sheet, their 11th of the season. The O’s have the best defensive record in the league with Embleton quick to praise the whole team. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it is something all deserve credit for. It is a massive element of what we’re about. At times last year we were vulnerable but we have added that element of enjoying defending our box. If you look at our back four, goal keeper and midfield, they are happy to defend the box”.
- Kept three clean sheets in a row, for the third time this season
- Kept six clean sheets in last nine games – conceding just three goals
- Kept two clean sheets in last five away games
- Only conceded two or more goals in one league games this season
Orient made it 11 unbeaten away from at Wrexham a fortnight ago, a new club record and Edinburgh will hoping his side can continue that in front of the cameras. Edinburgh has only lost three of his 23 away league fixtures as Orient head coach but is aware of threat that Luke Garrard’s men could be. Speaking to nationalleague.org “Boreham Wood will want to cause a headline, I like the way they play and have a lot of time for what they achieved last season. I don’t think they have quite got going yet but they will. They will see it as us next and fancy it. When they click into gear they can be dangerous”.
- Away League Record – P11 W7 D4 F22 A7
- Best record in league, scored the most goals
- Only Fylde (6) have conceded fewer goals
- Won five of their last six away league games
- Only lost one of their last 16 away league matches – W9 D6 L1
Tomorrow’s game at Boreham Wood is Orient’s first of the festive fixtures before a break next week with the FA Trophy. Defender Sam Ling returned against Gateshead after a period of injury and highlights it is all about staying patient as they have the quality to overcome teams in this division. Speaking to guardianseries.co.uk “I think every game is tough, we know what we can do and we know even if it is a bit of shaky start, that if we keep it up we can get three points. We can score, we can put five or six past teams, that’s why we have to stay confident when things aren’t going right”.
- Failed to score in three games (0 away)
- Only National League side to score in every away game
- Scored in six of their last seven games
- Scored 28/44 league goals in second half – (12/22 away)
- Orient’s last seven goals have all come in second half
- Netted 20 goals after 60th minute
Myles Judd remains a doubt after missing last weekend’s victory over Gateshead. Charlie Lee is back training and could be available while Sam Ling is looking to keep his place. Sam Sargeant and Charlie Grainger are still out so Artur Janata is set to continue as second choice goal keeper.
Head to Head –Leyton Orient 1, Draw 1, Boreham Wood 1
- Orient unbeaten in last two meetings
- Kept a clean sheet in past two meetings
Last Time Out – 2-0 home win vs Gateshead
Prediction – Boreham Wood 1-2 Leyton Orient