Leyton Orient striker Aaron Drinan is looking to make it three wins in a row when the O’s visit Bristol Rovers on Saturday. The O’s sit fourth in League Two having only lost one of their opening seven league matches and the 23 year old stated to leytonorient.com “anyone can beat anyone but with the way we’re playing and the form we’re in, we’re looking to go there and win”.
Sit 4th on 12 points
The O’s head to Rovers on the back of a 1-0 home win over Southampton U21’s in the EFL trophy on Tuesday. Antony Papadopoulos first strike for Orient sealed victory with manager Kenny Jackett stating to leytonorient.com “it’s a great win and gets us off to a good start in that competition. A competition we want to progress in if we can”.
Drinan has settled into life in E10 quickly after his summer move from Ipswich and already has three goals and two assists to his name. The 23 year old has linked up very well in recent weeks with Theo Archibald and Harry Smith and stated to leytonorient.com “I’m happy with how I am playing, long may it continue. The way all three of us scored last week was good, in the game we linked and gelled well together“.
Only Forest Green (14) have scored more league goals than Orient (13)
Despite having a game midweek in the EFL Trophy, Jackett was quick to highlight that the Rovers clash is the biggest of the week. After Rovers’s relegation last season, the 59 year old is keen for side to continue their form but understands the potential Joey Barton’s men have. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it’s a really big game for us, they all are when you want to do well in the league. We need to focus on ourselves, make sure we get our game right and do everything we can to be at our best. They are one of the bigger clubs in the division, well supported and have ambitions of going straight back up” .
The O’s are yet to win on their travels this season, drawing all three away games so a far. Orient blew a lead twice in Newport last time on the road but Jackett is keen for his side to build on that performance on Saturday. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we want to be defensively solid and compete in the game. At Newport, although we conceded two goals I thought we looked solid and looked a threat going forward, creating numerous chances. We want to play well both home and away”.
Three clean sheets this season (all at home)
No clean sheet in last seven away games
No away win in last seven games
Lawrence Vigouroux, Connor Wood, Tom James, Aaron Drinan, Harry Smith and Theo Archibald should all return after sitting out the midweek win over Southampton U21’s. Shadrach Ogie is available after returning from Covid 19 but Adam Thompson and Paul Smyth remain out. Darren Pratley should be fit after being taken off against Oldham while Ruel Sotriou is a doubt after coming off in midweek.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 40, Draw 27, Bristol Rovers 47
Orient have only lost one of the last six league meetings – W5 L1
No draw in last 12 meetings