Stevenage manager Dino Maarmria is in optimistic mood ahead of his sides trip to Leyton Orient on Saturday. Boro are still without a win this season after defeat in midweek but the 48 year old is keen for his side to gain their first points at the Breyer Group Stadium. Speaking to stevenagefc.com “I think it will make us stronger. We are still very ambitious, we just have to ride out this storm, get ourselves together and focus on the next game”.
Boro fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Southend United in the Carbao Cup on Tuesday night; their third consecutive loss of the season. Dean Parrett put them ahead in the first half before a second half double from Charlie Kelman inflicted another defeat for Boro.
After a bright end to last season finishing 10th in League, Maamria’s men have struggled and after three straight defeats means it is their worst start since 2006. Despite sitting without a win Maamria is still confident on his side ability, speaking to stevenagefc.com “the start is not ideal at all, this is new to me, I have never lost three games in a row. There is a lot of learning to do but there are a lot of circumstances”.
Boro’s squad has been decimated with injuries at the start of the season and they ended Tuesday’s game with ten men after further injuries. Despite the availability of his squad Maamria knows his side still need to get back to winning ways. Speaking to stevenagefc.com “We have got 11 injured players injured in a small squad and it is always going to have an effect. We have been forced to change the team too many times. I have been talking to the players about winning though and we have to put that aside”.
Stevenage travel to an Orient side who are without a win since the opening day and Maamria is doing all he can to find the solutions to get them off the mark. Speaking to stevenagefc.com “I want to emphasis is we have got we have got and we have to win with what we have got. It is easy for a manager to put yourself in the comfort zone and find a million reasons why you aren’t winning. I am looking for reasons to win”.
Maamria praised the response of the fans after their defeat on Tuesday and the former Nuneaton manager highlights that everyone needs to be together in order to turn their form around. Speaking to stevenagefc.com “the fans have been fantastic, they understand, Stevenage fans know the clubs inside out, They know the problems we have but they have been backing us throughout”. He added “in these tough periods, we have to stay together and the fans are a fundamental part of what we do”.
Boro have lost their last four trips to Leyton Orient but the 48 year old is positive of his sides chances in E10 on Saturday. Speaking to stevenagefc.com “I will pick a team tomorrow and I am confident that the team is going to put on a performance for our fans and there are going to win the game. That is where we are right now and it puts me in a very positive frame of mind approaching game tomorrow”.
Stevenage are without a long list of absentees due to injury. The quartet of Dean Parrett, Scott Cuthbert, Emmanuel Sonupe and Charlie Carter are all doubts after coming off injured in Tuesday’s defeat to Southend.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 7, Draw 2, Stevenage 4
Last Meeting – 28/02/2017 – Stevenage 4-1 Leyton Orient
- Stevenage have only won one of the last six meetings between sides – W1 D1 L4
- Stevenage are without a clean sheet in last nine contests
- Boro have lost their last four games at the Breyer Group – scoring 1, conceding 11
- Boro last won away to Orient, 21/08/2012 – Orient 0-1 Stevenage
Last Time Out – Stevenage 1-2 Southend, 13/08/2019
Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-0 Stevenage