Leyton Orient goalkeeper Dean Brill is relishing his sides trip to Macclesfield on Saturday. The 33 year old was forced off with a head injury against Cheltenham on the opening day but is raring to go again. The O’s head to Plymouth on Tuesday in the EFL Cup and Brill stated to the O’s Show “it’s a couple of long ones, we’re used to that, we enjoyed and embraced them. We enjoyed being together and it’s our first opportunity to do that this season”.
Orient head North after a 1-0 opening day victory over Cheltenham Town . After an emotional tribute to former head coach Justin Edinburgh the O’s grabbed their first win back in the Football League with interim Head Coach Ross Embleton pleased to get off the mark. Speaking to the O’s Show “once we got to the game and the game kicked off we were totally focused on going out and putting on a good performance. After a shaky start we achieved that and it puts everyone at ease to get the first win”.
Midfielder Josh Wright grabbed the only goal of the game after his summer return to E10. The midfielder dedicated the goal to Edinburgh was just happy his side returned to competitive action. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we needed that today, we needed the emotion to get out of us. He is always going to be with us, winning football matches is what he would have wanted us to do. To get today out of the way was nice especially with the three points, ready to move on for a successful season”.
A win at Macclesfield would see Orient win their opening two league games of a season for the first time since 2015. Keeper Brill feels the league will not take shape until October but highlights there will be some shocks along the way. Speaking to the O’s Show “the first ten games maybe of the season will be a bit like last year. A little bit wild and a free hit for some people. Once we come out of these a lot, we will know a lot more about everyone including ourselves”.
The O’s enjoyed huge success on their travels last season and with the prospect of travelling in excess of 900 miles, Embleton is aware of the task of ensuring his side will be prepared correctly. Speaking ahead of their trip to O’s show “it’s another opportunity to spend extra time with each other, not idea having been drawn to Plymouth but it adds something to the Macclesfield game with the distance we’re covering. We’ve got to deal with two long trips, the lads are professional and will look after themselves”.
- 2nd Best Away Record in National League – winning 11/23
- Orient have only lost one of their last ten away games
- Orient have only lost twice away from home in 2019 – 12 games
Dean Brill has been given the all clear by the doctors following his head injury on Saturday. Defender Joe Widdowson is a major doubt with a groin injury while James Dayton, Jobi McAnuff and Jamie Turley are already out.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 6, Draw 4, Macclesfield 8
Last Meeting – 14/04/2018 – Macclesfield 1-1 Leyton Orient
- Orient have only won one of last seven meetings – W1 D2 L4
- Orient are without a win at Moss Rose since 2001 – D2 L4
Last Time Out – 1-0 vs Cheltenham, 03/08/2019
Prediction – Macclesfield 1-2 Leyton Orient