Leyton Orient defender Jamie Turley insists his side will pull together to feel that winning feeling again. The O’s host 23rd placed Maidstone on Saturday and with just one league win in their last five, the former Notts County man is keen to experience his first win in an Orient shirt. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we want to get back winning games of football. We’re determined to put things right and get back on that winning run”
- Sit 1st on 57 points – ahead of Solihull Moors on goal difference
- Three defeat in last six games – W2 D1 L3
- Not lost back to back games since March 2018
- League Record – P30 W16 D9 L5 F49 A22
The O’s head into Saturday’s came on the back of a 2-0 away defeat to Ebbsfleet. Jack King volleyed home in the first half before a free kick from Chris Bush made it back to back league defeats for Orient. Head coach Justin Edinburgh stated to leytonorient.com “Ebbsfleet didn’t disappoint us, they are a strong side, in real good form and at times we didn’t compete well enough today and credit to Ebbsfleet for getting the three points”.
Defender Jamie Turley came off the bench last weekend for his first appearance after joining from Notts County. The 28 year old hit the post with his first chance but admitted his side didn’t produce the performance they needed and it came down to being clinical in front of goal. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we done our research on them on how they want to play and how we wanted to play but we just didn’t execute it well enough. I think we had the better chances in the game but it comes down to both boxes and we wasn’t ruthless enough today”.
- Failed to score in seven league games (four at home)
- Only scored in one of their last three games (penalty)
- Only scored three goals in last six games
- Not scored more than one goal in a game since 22nd December
- Scored in four of their last five home games
For the second successive league game, Orient conceded in the first 30 minutes and struggled to find a way back into the game. Jack King volleyed in after the O’s failed to clear a set piece and Edinburgh was unhappy with the manner of his sides start. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it summed up our start to the game, on the back foot, everything we spoke about didn’t go and produce. We were hesitant and played off the back foot and think the inevitable happened when you wait for something to happen. More and likely it will go against you and that’s what it did”.
- Eight of their 22 league goals conceded in first 30 minutes
- Conceded first goal in first 30 minutes in three of their last seven league games
Despite Orient’s inconsistent recent form, they still sit top of the league on goal difference over Solihull Moors. With four of their next five at home Edinburgh highlights his side can bounce back in front of their home fans and assert themselves at the top of the league once more. Speaking to leytonorient.com “what we’ve got to do is get our focus back and rediscover our form and their is no better place to that than at home against Maidstone”.
- Home League Record – P15 W9 D4 L2 F26 A10
- Only Wrexham, Fylde (33) and Salford (34) have taken more points at home
- Won four of their last five home games – lost 3-0 Salford in last game
- Only lost one of their last nine at home – W6 D2 L1
- Taken 20 points from the last 24 available at the Breyer Group Stadium
Orient’s dip in form has coincided with a growing injury list with at least five of their first 11 injured. Turley was brought in for some defensive cover and could use some of his experience to help the O’s get back into form. The 28 year old reached the play offs with Boreham Wood last season and is hoping the defeat to Ebbsfleet can kick start their second half of the season. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we are used to winning games, this side has got a winning mentality. We’ve come off the boil last few weeks, we need to use this to kick on. We are in a great position”.
- Kept 13 league clean sheets – eight at home
- Kept three in last five games
- Kept six in their last nine home games
- Only kept one in last three home games
With just seven points separating the top six, the last few months of the season are set to be as exciting as ever. Despite Maidstone lowly position, it will be far from an easy test especially under new management. Edinburgh is almost certain the title race will go right till the end, “we knew it was going to be an competitive league, it’s showing all the signs of that with quite a remarkable competitive season. It will go right to the end”.
- 31/49 goals scored have been in the second half (18/26 at home)
- Ten of their last 11 league goals have been at home
Craig Clay could return to the starting 11 after his substitute appearance at Ebbsfleet last weekend. Myles Judd returns from suspension while captain Jobi McAnuff could be back involved after a toe injury. Jamie Turley could be handed his full debut after George Elokobi was transfer listed in the week. Josh Coulson, Marvin Ekpiteta and James Dayton remain sidelined through injury.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 4, Draw 1, Maidstone 1
- Orient have won three of the last four meetings
- Won both home game against Maidstone
- Won all three National League Fixtures
- Only failed to score in one of the six meetings
Last Time Out – 2-0 away defeat to Ebbsfleet
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Maidstone