Leyton Orient winger Theo Archibald has called on his side to put on a show against Hartlepool On Saturday. The O’s welcome Pool in front of a sold out Brisbane Road after the “football for a fiver” initiaitive and the on loan Lincoln winger is keen to ensure the bumper crowd have some excitement. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it has a slightly added importance from the clubs point of view, lots of young fans and people from local areas who may have not seen us play before it is key we put on a show to make them want to come again”.
Sit 10th on 20 points
League Record – P14 W4 D8 L2 F20 A12
Orient made it four draws on the spin after a 0-0 stalemate at Stevenage last weekend. Manager Kenny Jackett was left frustrated with his sides inability to score for the second time in three games. Speaking to leytonorient.com “there is a little bit of disappointment, we had a good foothold in the game but our finishing and final ball didn’t go our way. We do need to start to get around their box and carving out more clear cut chances”.
Despite the lack of goals in attack, the draw against Stevenage was Orient’s sixth clean sheet of this season as they maintain their good defensive record this season. Jackett acknowledges his side must be more creative in attack but doesn’t want to lose their solid base at the back. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we don’t want to lose our defensively solidaity, 12 goals conceded in 14 games is good but going forward we need more cohesion, composure on the ball and finding the right pass at the right time”.
Only Tranmere (8) and Northampton (11) have conceded fewer goals in League Two
After a blistering start in his loan spell, Archibald has been quieter in recent weeks much like the rest of his team but the 23 year old feels his side aren’t far away from finding the net again. Archibald who started at left wing back last weekend highlights his side need to look back at their early season form. Speaking to leytonorient.com “in the last couple of games we have had a bit more fluidity in the the middle third and now it’s about putting the pieces together. We need to take confidence from our first eight to ten games where we were attacking pretty well. We are all pretty confident going into the weekend that we can turn it around”.
Failed to score in four league games
Failed to score in two of last three games
Only scored one goal in last three home games
Despite just returning to League Two, Hartlepool have adapted to life back in the Football League quickly and arrive in E10 after back to back wins. Jackett is fully aware of the challenge that Pool will pose on Saturday, stating to leytonorient.com “they have started excellently, the momentum coming out of the National League is there. Dave Challinor has done an excellenty job. It is a tight league and looking at the table it is still open for them. They are chasing the exact same goal as ourselves to try and get into League One by the end of the season”.
One defeat in last nine at home – W4 D4 L1
Unbeaten in last six – W3 D3
Drew last three at home – two of them 0-0
Even though Orient are winless in their last six league games, they still sit just three points outside the play off places. Just five points seperates Port Vale in second and Newport in 12th and Archibald highlights that a few wins and everything can change in the League table. Speaking to leytonorient.com “a win or two on the bounce and change the picture completely. We’re still pretty early doors in the season but we can’t keep sitting on it. We need three points at the weekend, at home in front of a large attendance”.
Striker Paul Smyth could still be missing after sitting out the draw at Stevenage with a hamstring injury. Jackett could rotate his strike force with Aaron Drinand being handed a start. Craig Clay will be pushing for a start while Dan Kemp will be hoping to retain his place in midfield.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 20, Draw 11, Hartlepool 21