Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh insists his side will be raring to go against AFC Fylde on Tuesday evening. The O’s booked their spot in the FA Trophy Final on Saturday but after celebrating the success, the 49 year old was eager to put that at the side ahead of the end of season run in. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it’s an excellent achievement but we park that to the side. It’s vitally important to solely concentrate on the task ahead, I know the group and that’s what their already talking about”.
- Sit 1st on 73 points
- One loss in last 11 games – W9 D1 L1
- Best Defensive Record in league
- League Record – P37 W21 D10 L6 F61 A28
Orient sealed their spot at Wembley with a 2-1 victory at AFC Telford. Matt Harrold set them on their way before being sent off in the first half. Ellis Deeney leveled the scores on the day before defender Josh Coulson headed his third goal in his last three games to seal victory for Orient. Edinburgh stated to BBC London after the victory “it’s been immense, everything that typifies this group today we had in abundance, character, resilience, togetherness, we were up against it”.
It was Orient’s seventh win in a row and sets them up perfectly for the final month of the season. The O’s still sit top with two games in hand after their promotion rivals all slipped up on Saturday and Edinburgh highlights his side have to ruthless. Speaking to BBC London “I’ve never known a league like this, so many teams vying for the automatic place. It gives us a bit of breathing space after mixing two weekends of league action but we have to capitalise on it now”.
The O’s played with ten men for over an hour on Saturday and despite defending for the majority of the second half they grabbed victory. Edinburgh’s side are now unbeaten in their last five games down to ten men and he was quick to praise the collective effort. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we always knew with what we had in the dressing room we can deal with these situations and scenarios. You can stand and coach but these players have got to carry out that and they certainly done that today. The game plan in the second half, they did everything we asked of them putting their bodies on the line’.
- Kept 15 league clean sheets (ten at home)
- Kept two clean sheets in last three games
- One clean sheet in last six league games
- Four clean sheets in last five home games
Coulson was promoted and won the FA Trophy with Cambridge United back in 2014 was delighted to grace the Wembley pitch once more. The 30 year old who extended his tally to six for the season on Saturday highlighted that despite the excitement of the final, their main aim still remains. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it’s Wembley, the national stadium, it means everything, as a footballer it’s the pinnacle to play at Wembley, I can’t explain it. But we have got some business to do before that and we need to carry on with that”.
- Home League Record – P18 W11 D4 L3 F30 A11
- Only Halifax (9) have conceded fewer
- Won last two games – both 1-0
- Won four of their last five
- Only lost two of their last 14 home games – W10 D2 L2
Edinburgh’s men are on the longest winning run since December 2012 and the former Newport manager feels that the semi final win could be the extra boost his side need. Edinburgh is seeking a second promotion into the Football League after being promoted with Newport in 2013 and with nine games left he knows it will take a big effort. Speaking to BBC London “it’s going to take everything we’ve got, we have got a good squad, incredible togetherness but it’s today we hope the momentum and feeling we can use as that extra edge going into the final run in. Looking at this to really spur us on and take us a step closer to where we want to be”.
Tuesday’s meeting with AFC Fylde is a prequel to the FA Trophy final after the Coasters beat Stockport on Saturday. The O’s beat Fylde back in November and Edinburgh is aware his side need to at 100% if they are to pick up victory. Speaking to BBC London “they are a very good team, we went there and won earlier in the season and we have to be at our best. We are confident that’s seven consecutive victories now, I’d like to think we are hitting form at the right time”.
- Failed to score in eight league games (five at home)
- Scored in their last seven games – netting 13 goals
- Scored in ten of their last 11 games
- Scored in last two home games and five of their last seven at Breyer Group Stadium
Matt Harrold serves the first of his three games suspension following his red card on Saturday. Jordan Maguire-Drew, Sam Ling and Myles Judd remain injured while Jay Simpson and James Dayton could be back involved.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 2, Draw 0, AFC Fylde 1
- MacAuley Bonne has been involved in Orient’s last four goals
- Danny Rowe has netted all three goals for Fylde
Last Time Out – 23/03/2019 – AFC Telford 1-2 Leyton Orient
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 AFC Fylde