Leyton Orient manager Kenny Jackett wants his side to start on the front foot ahead of a busy week in E10. The O’s host Walsall on Saturday before entertaining Forest Green on Tuesday and the 59 year old highlights the importance of collecting points in three game week’s. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it’s the start of a flurry of games. 9 points in 8 days can make a big difference in a season. When you get games on top of each other, momentum is a big thing in League Two”.
Orient arrive in E10 on the back of a 1-1 draw at Barrow last weekend courtesy of Omar Beckles’s third goal of the season. Jackett was impressed with his sides response at Barrow, speaking to leytonorient.com “after going a goal down it was our best spell and from then on we had enough chances to win the game. We created a high number of chances but we want to start games like that”.
After three games on the road, goalkeeper Lawrence Vigoroux is welcoming playing back at Brisbane Road. The 27 year old is enjoying life in E10 and is keen to get back to winning ways continuing their good home form. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it is going to be very key going into the Walsall game where we are going to have the majority of the support. We feel the fans can help massively generating an atmosphere which makes very tough for anybody to come up against”.
Unbeaten in Last Four at home – W3 D1
Kept four clean sheets in a row at home – only conceded twice in last six home games
The O’s sit 6th after a positive start under Jackett and will look to maintain their position at the top of the league going forward. With just under a quarter of the season gone, the former Milwall man is pleased with their start but knows there is plenty more to come from his side. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we have been solid, competitive and only lost two league games. We’ve been hard to beat, we want to keep clean sheets but not to the detriment of going forward. We want to attack and score goals”.
Scored in last three games – only failed to score in one of their last nine games
Orient are winless in their last three league games and Vigoroux acknowledges that his side need to get back on the winning trail. The O’s have four games before the FA Cup first round and the 27 year old old highlights that points away are only good when you win your home games. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we need to be winning a lot more games, it’s good to be picking up points on the road, but at home is where we need to come into our own and win. We understand the pressure and expectancy of the fans”.
Walsall picked up their first win in five with victory over Salford last weekend with Jackett feeling they are starting to stabilize under new manager Matt Taylor. Speaking to leytonorient.com “I think they have settled down. Their team selection has been pretty consistent which shows they have been successful in recent games. They have a good way about them, they are finding their feet and coming into their own”.
Defender Tom James is back from suspension after missing the draw at Barrow while forward Paul Smyth is available after returning from international duty with Northern Ireland. Ruel Sotriou is psuhing for a start after impressing off the bench last week. Defender Adam Thompson remains Orient’s only injured man.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 31, Draw 20, Walsall 24