Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff is relishing his sides top of the table clash with Wrexham on Saturday. The O’s sit two points behind the Welsh outfit knowing with victory they can leapfrog them into top spot. In front of the BT Sport cameras McAnuff acknowledges the size of the game to nationalleague.co.uk “you have to embrace these big games. We know it’s a big one and we’re going into it on the back of a couple of really encouraging results and we’re getting back to what we were”.
- Sit 2nd on 67 points – two behind leaders Wrexham
- Only lost one of their last seven games in all competitions – W5 D1 L1
- League Record – P35 W19 D10 L6 F58 A27
The O’s made it back to back league wins for the first time since November on Tuesday with a 3-2 victory at Barrow. Sam Ling, Jay Simpson and Jordan Maguire-Drew put them 3-0 up, but a late Josh Coulson own goal and a Rhys Turner strike made it a nervy finish. Head coach Justin Edinburgh stated to leytonorient.com “obviously from three goals ahead, being in control of the game, just a but of eradicate defending and not remain calm or composed. We could have in the end drew the game, it would have been a travesty but we should have been out of sight”.
After their progression in the FA Trophy, Tuesday’s victory at Barrow was vital to continue their push for promotion being their game in hand. Despite having a three goal lead with 20 minutes to go, Orient nearly threw it away but striker Jay Simpson admitted his side should have seen out the game more convincingly. Speaking to leytonorient.com “maybe a bit of nerves set in, we were comfortable at 3-0 I thought, we got the goals and we were strong enough to see it out. We made it hard for ourselves, games like that 3-0 up, we shouldn’t be trying to hold on at the end. It’s something we’ve got to work on, hopefully get back on training ground”.
- Kept 14 league clean sheets (nine at home)
- Second best defensive Record in division – conceding just 27 goals
- No clean sheet in last five games
- Kept just two in last eight games
- Kept two in last three home games and eight in last 12 at Breyer Group Stadium
After struggling for consistency at the start of the year, Orient are slowly being to find form at the right time after three consecutive victories. Captain Jobi McAnuff highlighted spirit in the Orient squad to regain their form. Speaking to nationalleague.co.uk “we had a sticky period, I think we can honestly say it was. But the last two games, difficult trips inside a few days have shown the character is there”. He added “the manager has kept total faith in the team and backed us all the way”.
- Failed to score in eight league games (five at home)
- Scored in last three games – netting seven goals
- Scored in six of their last seven games in all competitions
- Scored in four of their last five league games
- Scored in six of their last eight home games
Defender Sam Ling grabbed his first Orient goal at Barrow in midweek and is confident his side can regain top spot with a win against Wrexham. The O’s have already beaten the Dragons twice this season both at the Racecourse Ground and Ling is determined to make it three on the bounce at home. Speaking to leytonorient.com “they are a very good team, very organised and they’ll be hard to break down. I believe the quality we have got in the squad and the depth we have is second to none. I’m confident we can go out and get the three points and kick on at the top of the league”.
- Home League Record – P17 W10 D4 L3 F29 A11
- Won two of their last three
- Last defeat – 16/02/2019 – Orient 0-1 Maidenhead
- Won six of their last eight at Breyer Group Stadium
- Taken nine points from last 15 available at home
Simpson returned to Orient in February after a spell in the US in search of a Championship medal. In a busy month, Orient have started with back to back wins and the former Arsenal youngster highlights winning against your rivals can be key. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it’s a six pointer, if we’re going to achieve promotion and win the league, these are the games you’ve got to win. I think all the boys should be looking forward to it especially come back to our ground and getting the fans behind us”.
- Scored 36/58 league goals in second half
- Only Harrogate 42 have scored more in second period
- Eight of the 12 scored have been in second period
- Six of Orient’s last seven wins have been by just one goal
Defender Daniel Happe should be fit despite coming off in Tuesday’s win at Barrow. James Dayton and Josh Koroma should be back involved in the squad after returning from injury. Jordan Maguire-Drew is set to face his former side after playing 17 league games in the first half of the season. Myles Judd is sidelined through injury.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 14, Draw 11, Wrexham 11
- Orient have won the last three meetings and are unbeaten in last six – W4 D2
- Orient have scored in the last six meetings between sides
- Orient have kept three consecutive clean sheets against Wrexham
- Orient have only lost one of the last nine meetings – W4 D4 L1
Last Time Out – 05/03/2019 – Barrow 2-3 Leyton Orient
Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Wrexham