Leyton Orient manager Kenny Jackett has urged his side to get back on the winning trail when they travel to Stevenage on Saturday. Winless in their last five league games, the 59 year old is keen to see his side create more chances. Speaking to leytonorient.com “our standards are to get for the wins. Going forward be more cohesive, create more chances and ultimately score more goals”.
Sit 10th on 19 points
League Record – P13 W4 D7 L2 F20 A12
The O’s head to Stevenage on the back of a third consecutive draw after coming from behind against Forest Green on Tuesday. Matty Stevens put Rovers ahead but Ruel Sotriou’s equaliser saw a share of the spoils. Assistant manager Joe Gallen was left disappointed his side only picked up a point, stating to leytonorient.com “tonight I think we played better, the football in the middle third was better which is what we wanted to do. I thought in both halves we were better side without having plenty of clear cut chances”.
After being the league’s top goalscorers earlier in the season, the goals have dried up for the O’s recently with just four in their last five league games. Despite the lack of goals, Orient have still been good defensively with Jackett keen to build in attacking areas but not lose their defensive stability. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we’ve been good at the back as a team, competitive. But we’re trying to open up a little but more going forward in terms of creating the chances and being free flowing like we were earlier in the season”.
Failed to score in three league games
Scored in every away game this season
With just four points seperating Harrogate in second and Orient in 10th, League Two is proving to be a very tight division. Captain Darren Pratley highlights the importance of turning draws into wins if his side want to be challenging towards the top end of the division. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it was a good point against Forest Green, we’re looking to follow it up against Stevenage at the weekend to try and get three points. We’ve had a couple of draws of late, if we can start changing them into three points, it will push us further up the table”.
Kept five clean sheets – kept two in last six league games
Orient and Bristol Rovers only sides not to have a clean sheet away from home
Orient are currently unbeaten against teams in the bottom half and will be looking to continue that record on Saturday. Pratley revealed he spoke to Stevenage in the summer before joining the O’s and knows the test that they will provide at the weekend. Speaking to leytonorient.com “their another great instutition but have been struggling of late but are a good team. I know the manager, he’s a good man and wants to play in the right way. They have got some good players and it will be a tough game for us; we won’t be taking it lightly”.
The O’s have only lost once on the road this season and Jackett wants that record to continue ahead of two home games. Speaking to leytonorient.com “Stevenage away is tough, we know that, they have got their own aims and goals. We want to get back to winning ways and we’ve done our work on them. I always really concentrate on my own team, development and consistency. We’re going there committed and to get compete. We want to play some incisive football in the final third”.
Ruel Sotriou is pushing for a start after scoring off the bench on Tuesday. Dan Kemp could keep his place in midfield after starting in midweek. Adam Thompson remains Orient’s only absentee.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 9, Draw 4, Stevenage 4
Orient have kept four consecutive clean sheets
Orient have only lost one of the last 11 league meetings – W7 D3 L1