Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh acknowledges there will be no easy games as his side eye up promotion back to the Football League. The O’s travel to Bromley on Tuesday night and need no reminders of what the Ravens are capable of after their 6-1 hammering there last season. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it’s another tough game, their all difficult in their own way. No one is going to roll over and let us take the points”.
- Sit 1st on 77 points
- Eight wins in last nine games
- Only lost one of their last 13 games – W10 D2 L1
- League Record – P39 W22 D11 L6 F63 A28
Orient saw their lead cut to just one point on Saturday after a 0-0 draw at Barnet. Despite their winning run ending, Edinburgh was pleased his side earned another point towards their end goal. Speaking to leytonorient.com “any point you gain is a valuable one, certainly away from home against a team in form. We are not disappointed, we are very, very pleased with a point today”.
The O’s were on the back foot throughout the first half and had to be thankful to keeper Dean Brill for some key saves. Orient looked more secure in the second half preserving their fantastic defensive record. Edinburgh stated to leytonorient.com “Dean earned his money today, teams are not going to roll over and let us win game after game. This team is in good form and they will cause a lot of teams problems. We had to see out the storm and we did that. We were a lot better in the second half”.
- Kept 17 league clean sheets (six away)
- Back to back clean sheets
- Three clean sheets in last four games
- Four clean sheets in last six games
- One clean sheet in last eight away games
Midfielder Alex Lawless made his first start since February at right wing back in the absence of the injured Jamie Turley. The 34 year was delighted to be back on the pitch after finding his chances limited this season “it was great to be back playing, helping the lads out. I have been chomping at the bit to do so and a thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s what every player wants to do, play. I enjoyed it”.
- Failed to score in nine league games (four away)
- Scored in eight of their last nine games
- Scored in five of their last six league game
- First away games in six failed to score against Barnet
Saturday’s fixture at Barnet was Orient’s 8th game in 29 days after their FA Trophy run and Edinburgh highlights the heavy workload for his players. Jobi McAnuff was taken off as a precaution on Saturday the former Newport man knows all of his squad will be needed till the end of the season. Speaking to leytonorient.com “I don’t think we were at our best, a lot to be asked of the players in a short period of time. We’ve got more to come, but I’m pleased we ground out a clean sheet and a point. The quality of squad we’ve got knows what it is going to take between now and end of season, everyone is going to be counted upon”.
The O’s were backed by 1800 away fans at Barnet on Saturday with a large following expected at Hayes Lane on Tuesday. Edinburgh hailed the away following and highlights the extra boost it will give to his side in their run in. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it was absolutely incredible, the best it’s been. Vocally and the numbers. If we can maintain that till the end of the season, it will be a huge positive, they are like an extra man”.
- Away League Record – P20 W10 D7 L3 F31 A17
- No team in National League taken more points away
- Unbeaten in last six – W5 D1
- Unbeaten in last five away league games – W3 D2
- Only one defeat in last 10 games – W7 D2 L1
Captain Jobi McAnuff is a doubt after being substituted at half time with a groin injury. Sam Ling resumed training on Monday but won’t be available while Jamie Turley, Jordan Maguire-Drew and Myles Judd all remain out. Matt Harrold will serve the last match of his three game ban. Alex Lawless should keep his place at right wing back.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 2, Draw 0, Bromley 2
Last Time Out – 30/03/2019 – Barnet 0-0 Leyton Orient
Prediction – Bromley 1-2 Leyton Orient