“A Chance to Get Back on Track”

Leyton Orient midfielder Jobi McAnuff is hoping his side can get back to back winning ways tomorrow as they host Hartlepool United. The O’s take on Pool in the first meeting between the two sides since they both were relegated from the Football League last season.

  • Sit 9th on 16 points 
  • Sit three points off top and a point off the playoffs

Orient have lost back to back games for the first time this season with  McAnuff keen “to put the last two results right”. After a 2-0 away defeat to Boreham Wood last Saturday, Orient lost 3-0 at home to FC Halifax on Tuesday night. McAnuff stated to leytonorient.com earlier today “there is a real determination to put to put it right”

  • League Record – P10 W5 D1 L4   F14  A16
  • Form in last six – W3  D1  L2  F8  A7
  • Home Record – P5  W3  D1  L1  F10   A6
  • Orient have won five of the last seven home games

Adam Morgan, Tom Denton and Matt Kosylo all struck to inflict Orient’s first home defeat of the season. Looking to bounce back, McAnuff acknowledges that it is about the whole team “it was one of those nights, it is about us doing our jobs. We are all on the pitch to do a job whether it be scoring, creating or keeping the ball out; collectively we didn’t do our jobs well enough”.

  • Have not lost back to back home games since March and April 2017
  • Last failed to score in three consecutive game March and April 2017

Head coach Steve Davis admitted after the game that it was a tale of both boxes and his side needed to be better at both ends of the pitch. Speaking to leytonorient.com we are all hoping to be more clinical, the players know they can be. I would be more concerned if we weren’t creating chances. Goals change games”. Davis highlighted a key message for his players “we have to be tighter and better defensively and have to put our chances away”.

  • Kept three clean sheets – only one at home
  • Kept one clean sheet in the last 17 home games – Maidstone 2-0, 12/08/17
  • Kept just three clean sheets in last 28 home games
  • Have conceded the most goals in the top half of the league
  • Only Torquay, Guiseley, Solihull and Fylde have conceded more in the National League

Orient sat second in the table just over a week ago with Davis admitting he knows how quickly teams can change positions in the National League. With ten games gone, the former Crewe man stated “we would have taken the start at the beginning of the season, it seems to be a very tough league. Anybody can beat anyone if they are not on it, it shows in this league how key winning back to back matches can be”.

  • Scored 10/14 goals in the second half
  • 70% of Orient’s home goals have been scored in second half

Tomorrow’s clash with Hartlepool will be the second time the BT Sport cameras have shown at Orient game after their 2-0 defeat to Sutton United on the opening day. Despite a dodgy opening run of games Davis admitted that Hartlepool have “turned it around after a difficult start. They found it tough settling into the league and the style of play. They are still acclimatising just like we are” He added “it can take a little while to adjust and tomorrow will be a intriguing game with two teams that came down”.

  • Scored two or more in four of their last seven home games 

After being described by Davis as “ having his best games in the last two games” McAnuff sees tomorrow’s game as a great opportunity to pick up a win. Speaking to leytonorient.com “they are another team like ourselves who feel that they should be in the Football League. They have had a difficult start and taken time to adjust to this level. The game is  a perfect chance to get back on track, hopefully it will be a good game for us”.

  • Failed to score in three games this season

Hartlepool arrive in Leyton on the back of a four match unbeaten run, with their most recent result being a 0-0 draw away at Wrexham on Tuesday night. Craig Harrison men found life difficult early on in the National League but are now finding their feet and appear on the up.

  • Sit 17th on 12 points
  • League Record – P10 W3 D3 L4   F8  A10
  • Won three of their last four games

Manager Craig Harrison was pleased with his side performance on Tuesday night, which continued their unbeaten run. Speaking to hartlepoolunited.com “we were comfortable, we passed the ball well, we worked hard and defended well”. He added “we spoke about building momentum and building a foundation and the least we were going to leave tonight with a clean sheet and thought from front to back, we were fantastic”.

  • Kept three clean sheets this season – two away from home
  • Kept all three in their last four games – after failing to get one in previous 15 games
  • 0-0 draw with Wrexham was the first time Pool kept back to back clean sheets since March 2016 (1-0 vs Wimbledon, 2-0 Orient)
  • Last kept three straight clean sheets – March 2016

Despite the draw, Harrison admitted that “ the lads are sitting there disappointed with a point after beating Dagenham three days ago”. Harrison felt his side could have snatched all three points if he side were more clinical in front of goal. Speaking to hartlepoolmail.com “when we do get the opportunities we have to take them because the openings don’t always come along very often”.

  • Scored six of their 10 goals in the first half – all at home
  • Four of them have been between minutes 31-45
  • Only Maidstone and Hartlepool have failed to score in the first half away from home

Defender Michael Woods admitted that the Pools change of fortune came about from going back to basics. After four defeats in the first six games, Woods highlighted that their defeat to AFC Fylde was the last straw. Speaking to hartlepoolmail.com after the result, the gaffer said we were going back to the drawing board and strip it back. Forget the ball, get the off the ball stuff right and gives us a base to go from. One goal conceded in the last four has showed that” 

  • Form – P4  W3  D1  L0  F5  A1
  • Before Fylde P6  W0  D2  L4

Woods highlighted that it isn’t about individuals but about the whole team “we’ve gone back to basics, not just at the back. It is about the whole 11, winning second balls and just making sure we are the hardest working team in the division”. However Woods wants to continue the run tomorrow at Orient, “the last four games have been a base but will count for nothing if we don’t follow it on. We have learnt now what it takes to win games at this level”.

  • Away Record – P5  W1  D2  L2  F3  A5
  • Unbeaten in their last two away games – 0-0 vs Wrexham, 1-0 W vs Guisely
  • Not gone three games unbeaten away since September and October 2016
  • Only won two away games since 1st October 2016
  • Record – P22 W2  D5  L15

The two sides met back in April in a clash at the bottom of League Two with Harrison highlighting to hartlepoolunited.com “some of the lads still talk about it and say they didn’t well and we should have done better – it is a chance to right some wrongs”. A key for Harrison is ensuring that “we got there and be positive, we need to stamp our authority  and style on the game” .

  • Only led for 41 minutes away from home this season

Despite their change of fortune in results, Harrison urged his players to “get the basics right again, being hard to beat is something that has come naturally to players after the last four games”. The league is very tight with four points separating top and 14th place, “we want to keep our run going, a week ago Dagenham came to our place top and now they’re eighth so our job is to find week with a positive result and see where it takes us” Harrison.

Team News

Defender George Elokobi and midfielder Charlie Lee will be both missing through injury. Winger James Dayton is expected to return following a hamstring injury while defender Josh Coulson is rated 50/50 by Steve Davis.

Hartlepool look set to be without Connor Simpson with a knee injury while Scott Harrison and Blair Adams are also out. Luke George and Jack Cassidy are out with hamstring and foot injuries.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 20, Draw 9, Hartlepool United 19

Last meeting – 17/04/17 – Leyton Orient 2-1 Hartlepool United

  • Orient completed the league double over Hartlepool last season (2-1 + 3-1)
  • Hartlepool last beat at Orient, 2-0 at Brisbane Road – 28/03/16
  • Orient have only lost one of their five meetings – W3 D1 L1
  • Orient have scored in nine of the last ten meetings – last failed to score 28/03/16
  • Orient have not beaten Hartlepool three times in a row since 91/92
  • There have been three or more goals in five of the last seven meetings
  • Not been a 0-0 since 09/01/1993

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Hartlepool

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“With Disappointment Comes a Reaction and Hopefully it Happens Tuesday”

Leyton Orient striker David Mooney insists that his side needs to shrug off their 2-0 defeat at Borehamwood on Saturday when they host FC Halifax tomorrow. The O’s saw their four game unbeaten run ended at Meadow Park with goals from Danny Woodards and Kieran Murtagh sealing their defeat.

  • 4th on 16 points
  • League Record – P9 W5 D1 L3  F14  A13
  • Form in last six – W3  D1  L2  F9  A10

Mooney was one of number of Orient players who were not at the level desired by head coach Steve Davis. Davis who spoke to leytonorient.com post match stated “I thought we weren’t there today, it wasn’t what we have seen this season. There were too many players well below what we expect with only Jobi coming out with some credit”. He added “you are not going to win a football match anywhere playing like that”.

  • Kept three clean sheets this season – only one at home
  • Kept two in their last six games 
  • Only kept one clean sheet in their last 16 home games – 
  • Have only kept three clean sheets in their last 27 home league games

The defeat at Borehamwood was only Orient’s third of the season and head coach Davis was keen to not be too critical of his side “they have been superb up to today, we want to be positive, but the positive thing is we have a home game on Tuesday and Saturday so we have a chance to put it right”.

  • Orient have bounced back from their two previous defeats with wins

Mooney felt Orient failed to do the basics on Saturday and that was the most disappointing thing. Speaking to leytonorient.com we will miss chances and lose games but think it was the manner on how we lost. Jobi was our best player, everyone else had off days. You are not going to win many games with ten players having off days”.

  • Orient have conceded the most goals out of the top 15 teams in the National League
  • Orient have conceded 5/13 goals between minutes 31-45

Despite the loss, Orient still sit fourth, just one point off of the top, something which Mooney stated “12 weeks ago what would we have given to be in the situation we are in now, we are all happy with how things are going”. He added “we didn’t really perform how we have done over the last six weeks, but with disappointment comes a reaction and hopefully it happens Tuesday”

  • Orient have only failed to score in two of their nine league matches this season
  • Orient have scored in their last six home games
  • Orient have not scored in seven straight home league games since November 2015 and January 2016

Saturday saw all three strikers in: Matt Harrold, David Mooney and Macauley Bonne on the pitch for the first time together. Davis moved to a midfield diamond late in the second half “I like the two of them (Bonne and Harrold) up there and I like to be able to run off them, it will work better”. However Mooney’s main aim is to get the club back to the Football League “as long as we are winning, I don’t really care who is playing. I want this club to do well and get this out of the league. Whatever 11 are on the pitch, we all want them to win”.

  • Orient have scored two or more in four of their last six home games
  • Orient last failed to score at home in a 0-2 defeat vs Wycombe, 01/04/17

With back to back home games this week Mooney is clear that his side need to utilise their home form. Speaking to the East London Advertiser “as a club we are in a great position, out home form is good, if we can take four or six points this week, I am sure we will right be in contention”.

  • Home form – P4  W3  D1  L0  F10 A3
  • Join best home record in league Dagenham and Gateshead
  • Won five of their last six at home
  • Last home defeat 1-3 vs Colchester, 29/04/17

Defenders George Elokobi and Josh Coulson both came off injured at Borehamwood with Davis keen that it is a squad game. Speaking to the East London Advertiser all the players in the squad want to be here which is a great situation to be in, all of them want to be involved and some of them will be needed on Tuesday”.

  • Orient have scored 10/14 in the second half (7 of their 10 home goals)
  • Orient have scored the joint most (Dagenham) goals in the final 15 minutes of games (5) 

FC Halifax arrive in E10 on the back of a five match unbeaten run which continued with a 3-2 home victory over Maidenhead on Saturday. Two goals from Matt Kosylo and an Adam Morgan goal saw the Shaymen go 3 nil ahead before Maidenhead scored two goals in the last 11 minutes, but Halifax hung on for victory.

  • Sit 6th on 15 points, just one point off of the playoffs
  • League Record – P9  W4  D3  L2  F9  A7

The Shaymen are enjoying life back in the Vanarama National League after their promotion last season. Billy Heath’s men have continued where they left off last season and have won four of their last five games. 

  • Form in last six games – W4  D1  L1  F9  A5

Manager Billy Heath spoke to fchalifax.com post match “the two goals at the end were disappointing because we really should have seen the game out, we’ve been particularly good at doing this season”. However despite making a couple of bad decisions, Heath was glad “that there is another win in the column”.

  • All seven goals conceded have been in the second half
  • Only side in National League not to concede a first half goal
  • Halifax have not conceded a first half goal in their last 15 league games – since 2-1 win at Kidderminster, 01/04/2017

Heath was pleased with his sides attacking play on Saturday “going forward today we were really good, we had a couple of opportunities before we scored and the move for the first goal was great”. Matt Kosylo grabbed his second and third goals of the season with Heath pleased with his contribution “I have said all season, we cannot be just relying on the forwards we have got to weigh in with the wide players”

  • Only Macclesfield (8) and Wrexham (8) have scored less goals in the top half
  • Lowest away scorers alongside Guiseley (1)
  • Only Torquay (8) have conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes of matches

Kosylo was pleased with his involvement and stated to fchalifax.com “we’ve got momentum, we just need to keep working hard because that’s the key to it”. He added “I think there was a little bit of doubt at the beginning of the season, I’m not sure why however we look like we have settled, the back four have been solid, even though we had to have people to fill positions they don’t play”

  • Halifax have only trailed for 36 minutes this season, 47 minutes less than the next best team
  • Have not trailed away from home in the league since 1st April
  • Only trailed for 26 minutes away from home in 2017 in league games – 15 games

Despite the victory Kosylo was disappointed that his side failed to keep a clean sheet “you never know when goal difference could come into play at the end of the season, whether it be relegation or the play offs, so you want to keep as many clean sheets as possible”. Kosylo highlighted that “a win is a win, I think we made hard work of it in the end, we’re disappointed as we have prided ourselves in clean sheets this season”.

  • Have kept five clean sheets this season – join most in League
  • Kept 3 clean sheets in their last five games – without one in their last two
  • Have kept a clean sheet in every away match this season 
  • Kept seven consecutive away clean sheets 
  • Last conceded an away goal – 709 minutes ago (01/04/17)

It is a difficult week for Halifax as they travel to Dagenham on Saturday but Heath maintains his aim “all we’ve got to do is keep concentrating on trying to win as many games as we can. We’ve got two difficult games coming up, two long trips away against two good sides, we approach them again, go there and be positive”.

  • Away Record – P4  W1  D3  L0  F1  A0
  • Only Ebblsfleet and Halifax have not beaten away from home
  • Halifax have only lost two away league games in 2017
  • Unbeaten in their last 10 away league games – W6 D4
  • Last defeat 1-0 vs Alfreton, 07/03/2017

Team News

Orient will be without Charlie Lee and Josh Coulson tomorrow night with doubts on defender George Elokobi and winger James Dayton. Jamie Sendles-White replaced Coulson on Saturday and looks set to continue with Michael Clark likely to partner him if Elokobi misses out. Matt Harrold will be pushing for a start alongside Macauley Bonne.

Martin Riley will not be fit for tomorrow’s trip while Tom Denton is hoping to recover from a dead leg. Cliff Moyo is hoping to be in contention after being an used substitute on Saturday. Matt Kosylo and Adam Morgan will be hoping to add their tally of three goals apiece.

Head to Head  – Orient have not played FC Halifax since their reformation back in 2008

However their record against Halifax AFC

Leyton Orient 10, Draw 4, Halifax 4

  • Last meeting – Orient 3-1 Halifax, 02/03/02
  • Orient are unbeaten in the last 10 meetings – winning seven
  • Only Failed to score in one of the last 10 games – 0-0 draw 22/09/01
  • Orient have won their last six home games and eight of their nine home games
  • Halifax last win 1-0, 14/04/1988
  • Orient have scored two or more in four of the last five meetings

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 FC Halifax

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“The Focus is on One Game at a Time”

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis is hoping his side extend their unbeaten run as they travel to Boreham Wood tomorrow. The O’s fought back from a goal down last weekend against Guiseley to move them up to second in the League. Macauley Bonne struck a hat trick whilst deadline day signing Matt Harrold headed home on his debut.

  • Sit 2nd on 16 points
  • League Record – P8 W5  D1  L2  F14  A1

Despite falling behind, Davis was pleased with his sides performance. Speaking to leytonorient.com post match “I enjoyed it, the first time in ages I have, especially the second half performance. Obviously we went a goal down against the run of play but I told the lads don’t panic”. Two Macauley Bonne penalties before half time turned the game around for Orient with Davis stating “I thought our play and dominance deserved that in the first half”.

After Harrold made his debut, Davis was relieved that he finally got the target man he desperately wanted, “we have been looking for someone for a considerable amount of weeks, I am glad we have got someone with that experience and ability, we have to get used to what he does”.

  • Only Ebbsfleet (11) have scored more second half goals than Orient (11)
  • No team in the National League has scored more goals in the last 15 minutes of games than Leyton Orient (5)

After netting the first league hat trick at Brisbane Road for 11 years, Macauley Bonne stated it was “a perfect day for me and the team, three goals, man of the match and three points”. Continuing from his interview with leytonorient.com I don’t think anyone outside this club would expect us to be where we are now. There is such a buzz around the place, the fans stay behind us and everyone dug deep”.

 

Goals in first 8 games

Only two players in last 60 years have scored more goals in the opening eight games of a season than Bonne

 

Orient have fought back to gain four points from losing positions in their last two home games with Bonne crediting the attitude of the team, “we have all the chances and they have one, they score it. But that is where this team we have right now don’t want to give up, we keep on going, pushing and get our rewards in the end with the three points”.

  • Only Chester (5), Ebbsfleet (6) and Maidstone have gained more points after conceding the first goal than Leyton Orient

Following a slow start to the season, the O’s are now unbeaten in their last four league games with Davis keen for that to continue “we focus one game at a time, it is good to be unbeaten, momentum and confidence grows, expectations grows with that to. It is important we try and do what we can do to win every game, approach with that attitude”. He added “It doesn’t always work like that, but as long as we are positive and performances are of a good standard, it gives us the best chance of winning”.

  • Form in last six games – W4 D1 L1 F11 A8 
  • Orient have scored in their last seven games – last failed to score on the opening day of season vs Sutton
  • Orient last scored in eight consecutive games between Boxing day 2015 and February 2016
  • Orient last went unbeaten for five games back in November and December 2015

Davis has named the same back five in all eight leagues games with defender Joe Widdowson slowly building into the campaign. Speaking to leytonorient.com ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Boreham Wood “as a back four, me Jake, George and Josh along with Chaz behind us, it is pleasing to keep clean sheets. For us it is our little zone, our responsibility to keep the goals out, in the main we have been doing that, bar one or two games”.

  • Orient have kept three clean sheets in their last six games
  • Following their 1-0 win at Maidenhead, Orient picked up back to back away clean sheets for the first time since February 2016
  • Orient last kept three clean sheets in a row away from home was February 2016 (Wycombe 2-0, Portsmouth 1-0, Notts County 1-0) Nolan’s reign
  • Orient have only conceded two goal in the four games

Widdowson has experience at this level and is wary of threat that Boreham Wood could pose tomorrow “they will be competitive like most teams in this division. Every team at home will look to have a go. From my experience they have a few lively attacking players/wingers. They have a few threats and it will be a difficult game for us. We are in good form and we will be ready for it”.

Boreham Wood head into tomorrow’s game with Orient on the back of two consecutive defeats. Luke Garrad’s men succumbed to a 2-1 away defeat to Barrow last weekend thanks to first half goals from Besente Gomis and Jack Barthram. Bruno Andrade halved the deficit however the Wood were unable to draw level.

  • Sit 10th on 11 points
  • League Record – P8 W3  D2  L3  F16  A13

Following the defeat, manager Luke Garrad stated to Borehamwoodfc.co.uk you can’t start a game after 25/30 minutes in the National League, I don’t care what team you are. We were second the everything, we were not at the races. I asked questions of all of them at half time”.

  • Only the bottom three clubs (Torquay, Guiseley and Solihull) have conceded more goals than Boreham Wood

Boreham Wood are only one of two sides in the League without a clean sheet with Garrad highlighting “we looked great over the halfway line at times and the returns in the goals have been brilliant. But we are susceptible at the back and at the minute we have got to ask some questions to why”. He added “We need to start asking people to put bodies on the line, the second goal was criminal”.

  • Last kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win at Chester 29/04/17
  • Kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 games 
  • Failed to keep a a clean sheet in their last seven home games
  • Last kept a clean sheet at home March 2017, when they kept three in a row

Striker Shaun Jeffers acknowledged that his side failed to turn up in the opening exchanges against Barrow, “it is very frustrating, we are disappointed in our performance, we have to put it to one side and move onto the next game. Our home form has shown how strong we are, we need to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and prepare for Leyton Orient”.

  • Home record – P4  W2  L2  F7  A5
  • Scored in seven of their last ten home games
  • In five of those games they have scored two or more goals
  • Six of their seven home goals have been scored in the first half

With Orient in town, Boreham Wood are hoping to beat their attendance record of 1293 against Grimsby in 2015. Garrad wants the town to get down and support his side, “I would love to shatter our record, but I want it to be our own doing. I want it to be because the Wood army have turned up in their droves to back us in what could potentially be our biggest match of the season”.

  • Last time Boreham Wood lost three league games in a row was April 2017
  • Bruno Andrade is top goal scorer has scored six in his last seven games – only failing to score in their 1-0 home loss to Wrexham 28/08/17

As Orient are set to bring around 1000 away fans tomorrow to Meadow Park, Garrad knows that it will be a great day all around. Speaking to Borehamwoodfc.co.uk it will be an excellent day of football, the boys will be right up for it and we are raring to go”. The Wood have already beaten Aldershot at home and Garrad is keen “to show these big club’s what the league is all about, of course we are confident we’ve shown against Aldershot, Torquay and Tranmere, that we can beat anyone on our day”.

  • Only Dagenham (19) have scored more goals than Wood (16)
  • Only Failed to score in one of their eight games
  • Boreham Wood have drew three of their last four home games against relegated Football League clubs (1-1 York, 0-0 Tranmere and Cheltenham)

Garrad highlighted the threat that Orient will pose tomorrow, “they are on a good run at the minutes and are unbeaten in their last four and I think they have started to click. They have brought in a lot of new recruits in the summer and I think they are finally getting to grips with each other’s strengths and weaknesses”.

  • All three defeats have been by just one goal
  • Only Wrexham and Boreham Wood have not seen a goal in the last 15 minutes of their home games

After back to back defeats, Garrad is looking for a reaction from his side “it is going to be a good test and one we are really looking forward to. The players are really looking forward to it, regardless of who it is, they are all tough at this level, it is all about the reaction after last Saturday”

  • 11 of their 16 goals scored have been between minutes 31-60 – the most in the league

Team News

Orient midfielder Alex Lawless missed last weekend’s win over Guiseley with a hip flexor injury but trained on Thursday and is set to be involved in the squad. Matt Harrold will be pushing for a start after netting from the bench while Macauley Bonne will be looking to add to his seven goals in eight games. Charlie Lee remains absent with a long term knee injury.

Boreham Wood look set to have Ricky Shakes and Angelo Balanta available after both came off at Barrow last weekend. Jamie Turley has overcome a sickness bug and is available. Blair Turgott is available after signing on loan from Stevenage on Friday and could play against his former side.

Prediction – Boreham Wood 1-3 Leyton Orient

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“I’m Playing Football How it Should be Played”

Leyton Orient winger James Dayton is thoroughly enjoying his time in E10. The winger signed for the O’s just over a month ago and has played an instrumental part in his sides rise to third. Dayton’s second assist of season helped Orient to a 1-0 win at Maidenhead on bank holiday Monday.

  • Orient sit 3rd on 13 points
  • League Record – P7  W4  D1 L2  F10  A10

Dayton who achieved promotion from the National League two years ago with Cheltenham is loving his time at Orient. Speaking to leytonorient.com I have loved every minute of it. From the first day I came in during pre-season to train it has felt great”. The 28 year old was one of 15 new signings for the club this summer and acknowledged the quality in the squad “the lads are a great bunch, we have top players and to play with them is nice. All about being in a happy environment. I’m playing football how it should be played.

Dayton has been an ever present in the opening month of the season and insists that despite the heavy number of games “everyone loves playing football, you have to get on with it, you mentally prepare then the adrenaline helps to overcome the tiredness”. Orient four point haul over the bank holiday helped to secure Orient’s position to third in the table.

  • have won two of their last three games – keeping two clean sheets

Despite dominating recent games, Dayton highlighted that he prefers the tighter games where his side have earned the points, “we have got to go away to these places and grind out results. I sometimes prefer the way we won on Monday to the 3-1 win Solihull. It shows that even if the team doesn’t lay well they can still grind out wins which highlights the strength of the squad”.

  • 80% of Orient’s goals scored have been in the second half – 8/10
  • Orient have scored five of their six home goals in the second half

Following his sides 1-0 victory at Maidenhead, head coach Steve Davis summed up the first month in charge as Orient boss. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it has been an unbelievable month, seven games in 23 days. We at pleased with the first month, there still is a lot to do and improve on but we are pleased with the outcome of points”.

Orient’s win on Monday was their first 1-0 away win since May 2016 which according to Davis “in the context of the season was a really important win”. After shipping six goals away to Bromley earlier in the season, the second consecutive away clean sheet pleased Davis immensely “the clean sheets have been good especially after the six, if you take away that game we have actually been excellent defensively. I’m hoping it is a one off, we learnt a lot from that game”.

  • 60% of Orient goals were conceded at Bromley
  • Orient have not achieved back to back clean sheets since May 2016
  • Only conceded one goal in their last 272 minutes of football (penalty vs Eastleigh)

With Orient hosting Guiseley tomorrow, midfielder Craig Clay is hoping his side can continue their unbeaten start to the league at home. Speaking to the eastlondonadvertiser “if we can keep the momentum going here for as long as possible it will only help us going forward”. He added “I feel we have good game plans for our matches here so we are well equipped for what is to come”.

  • Home record – P3  W2  D1  L0  F6  A2
  • Orient have scored in their last five home matches and six of their last seven
  • Orient last failed to score at home 01/04/17 in 2-0 loss to Wycombe

Assistant coach Ross Embleton was happy with the two sides that Orient showed last weekend, battling to the end at home to Eastleigh and grinding out a win at Maidenhead. Speaking to leytonorient.com “those assets are not what everyone picks out but are important in the group we have got. It has been really important to find players that have them in their game “.

  • Orient will be looking to score for a sixth consecutive home match tomorrow
  • Last time they achieve that was November 2015 and December 2015

After a positive opening month, Embleton is keen for the good feeling around the Orient to continue, “our preparation has been very energetic and high tempo. The good feeling is back around the place which gives us every chance to win. We know that we are not going t be fluent in ever game but with the feeling around the place it can help”.

  • Orient have not scored in four consecutive league matches for over a year – last time was August/September 2016

With Orient finally grabbing their target man, Matt Harrold, Embleton revealed “we are over the moon. He was one everyone was really keen on for a while, he look fit and ready to play. It is now down to integrating him into the group but a player of his quality is always going to improve the squad and gives another option”.

  • If Orient did not lose tomorrow, it will be the first time since November/December 2015  they have been unbeaten in four consecutive home games 

Under Steve Davis, the O’s fans have been treated to attacking, passing football. However, after Harrold’s arrival Embleton is keen that Orient integrate his strengths into their game. “he is effective, Steve wants us to play good football and be attractive to watch. I have learnt that he is attack minded with a real focus on winning games with style, it is important for us to stamp our authority while utilising his (Matt’s) strengths”.

  • If Orient did not lose tomorrow, it will be the first time since November/December 2015  they have been picked up points in four consecutive games

Orient take on manager-less Guiseley with the former Swindon first team coach keen for his side not to be caught out. Speaking to leytonorient.com sometimes when a manager changes the shackles come off with people playing with more freedom. How many times do you see a team on a bad run sack their manager and then their form turns around; we don’t want that to happen”. He added “we need to stamp our authority, tempo, tone and we be the aggressors”.

  • There has been at least one goal in Orient’s last 42 league games  – last 0-0 vs Barnet 01/10/16

Guiseley arrive in E10 after back to back defeats to (Halifax 2-0 and Hartlepool 1-0) over the bank holiday weekend. The latest home defeat to Hartlepool culminated in the sacking of manager Adam Lockwood and his assistant Dave Penney on Wednesday evening.

  • League Record – P7 W1 D2 L4  F5  A14
  • Only Hartlepool and Halifax (4) have scored less than Guiseley
  • Only bottom club Torquay have conceded more goals
  • Only win of season came in 3-2 win over Torquay, 19/08/17

Lockwood kept the Lions up on the final day of last season thanks to a stoppage time equaliser against Solihull Moors. However after just one win from their opening seven games, the former Yeovil and Doncaster man was dismissed.

  • Away Record – P3 W0 D0 L3 F0 A9
  • Have not won in their last five away games – W0 D1  L4  F1  A12
  • Have only won one of their last eight away games – W1 D1  L6
  • Win came in a 1-0 vs Southport, 01/04/17

Guiseley are enjoying their third season in the National League after gaining promotion back in 2014/2015 after beating Chorley 3-2 in the National North Play off. The Lions have been treading water in the National League since their promotion narrowly avoiding relegation in both seasons.

  • 60% of their goals scored have been in the final 15 minutes of games
  • Are the only side in Nation League without an away goal
  • Have not scored in four of our last five away games
  • Have only scored in two of their seven games this season
  • Only scored eight goals in their last 12 league matches

Following their escape last season, “ the board made no secret of their desire to avoid another battle against relegation”. Lockwood and Penney were given funds to strengthen the squad in the summer bringing in no less than 12 players but have been unable to achieve a positive impact. 

  • Only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 league games – 0-0 vs Tranmere (15/08/17)
  • Only kept one clean sheet in their last eight away games – 1-0 vs Southport, (01/04/17)
  • Only kept three clean sheets in their last 26 away games – conceding 45 goals
  • 5/14 goals conceded have been between minutes 31-45

Lockwood’s departing words to Yorkshire evening post  after the Hartlepool defeat “obviously it is disappointing to lose, we had chances early and late on but we have called on the lads to be more ruthless and we just didn’t do that today”. He added “we know that every game in this league is tough and we have given every player a chance now. They need to be making it impossible for me not to pick them, that isn’t the case right now”.

  • Only North Ferriby (15) scored less away goals 
  • Only scored 18 goals in their last 26 away games – failing to score in 13 of them

Team News

Leyton Orient could name an unchanged side following their 1-0 win at Maidenhead on Monday. Jobi McAnuff and David Mooney will be looking to return tomorrow after dropping to the bench on Monday. New signing Matt Harrold could be involved after his move to Orient on Thursday. First team captain Charlie Lee remains out long term with a knee injury

Prediction

Leyton Orient 3-0 Guiseley

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“To Come into This Group has Really lifted me”

Leyton Orient defender Josh Coulson is hoping that the Brisbane Road crowd can push the O’s to another victory tomorrow. The on loan Cambridge defender has been an ever present in Orient’s opening five fixtures and is looking for a third consecutive home win against Eastleigh.

  • August 2015 – the last time Orient won three consecutive home games
  • 2015/2016 – the last time Orient won their first three home fixtures of the season

Coulson who joined Orient from Cambridge on a six month loan deal in the summer is really enjoying life in E10. Speaking to leytonorient.com he stated to get games has been really good, to come into this group has really lifted me”

The 28 year old was pleased with how his side responded in  their 2-0 victory at Woking last weekend, “the mood has been good, we all knew that we had to bounce back after the midweek game, the boys responded really well. 2-0 a good away performance”.

Orient’s win at Woking was their second clean sheet of this season, which pleased Coulson, “as a back four/five we want to keep clean sheets, I don’t think we had a lot to do in what was a perfect away performance”. Head coach Steve Davis has named the same back five in every game with Coulson linking well with George Elokobi, “he is brilliant, I knew what George had done in the game and I looked forward to playing with him. He is a true leader, helps you out and always has your back”.

  • Orient last achieved back to back clean sheets in April 2016 (1-0 vs Mansfield and Yeovil)
  • Orient last achieved back to back clean sheets at home in August 2015 (Stevenage 3-0 and Bristol Rovers 2-0)

Striker Macauley Bonne struck both goals at Woking last weekend and is hungry to add to his tally.  The summer signing from Colchester is slowly building a partnership with David Mooney, “we are new together, we linked up for the second goal. We are still learning each other’s games and it is only going to get better” leytonorient.com

  • Bonne and Mooney have been involved in four of Orient last five goals
  • The last player to score in three consecutive game was Liam Kelly (2016 August and September)
  • If Mooney scores tomorrow he will become the first player since Jay Simpson (August and September 2015) to score in three consecutive home games

With Steve Davis reverting back to the same starting 11 which played the opening three games, Bonne was quick to praise the team spirit within the camp, “to come here and win 2-0 put us back on a confidence high both personally and for the team. The team spirit only five games in is incredible, we can only see it getting better”.

After a hectic start to the season, there was no midweek fixture for Davis which he was pleased with. Speaking to leytonorient.com we gave the lads a couple of days off after Woking, but the planning started on Tuesday. it was nice to have some time on training ground. There hasn’t been a lot of time to do work on the pitch but we had a good session on Tuesday looking at defending and how we want to play”.

  • Orient have only lost two of their last 18 home games scoring first – W15  D1  L1
  • Last defeat 04/02/17 – 1-2 vs Carlisle

After Eastleigh’s visit tomorrow, Orient face Maidenhead on Monday in a bumper bank holiday weekend for the O’s. Davis is expecting another tough test against the Spitfires, “they are a good side and have spent well. They have brought in some experience and some big physical lads; we will expect that type of game. However they have got some quality in certain areas, despite their mix of results we expect them to be there or there about” leytonorient.com

  • Seven of Orient’s eight goals scored have been in the second half including four of their five home goals 

Coulson is set to face ex Cambridge team mate Ben Williamson tomorrow and knows all about the frontman, “I know their striker Williamson from playing with him for the past couple of seasons. He has started off well scoring goals, it is going to be a tough game just like every game in this league”. The former U’s defender is hoping to use support of the home fans at Brisbane Road, “we’re at home and we want to make this a fortress, we’ve played two, won two so far. The fans help to make a great atmosphere, let’s hope we can get another win” leytonorient.com

  • Did you know Orient had the worst home record in the top five English Leagues last season – only picking up 13 points
Orient home Form pic

Orient’s points collected at home in last six seasons

Eastleigh travel to Leyton on the back of a 2-0 home victory over promotion chasing Tranmere Rovers last weekend. Ben Williamson struck his fourth goal in his last four games before Craig McAllister confirmed the victory. The Spitfires sit tenth in the table on eight points, just a point behind the O’s.

 

Eastleigh Ins

Eastleigh In’s Summer 2017

  • League Record – P5  W2  D2  L1  F6  A4
  • Williamson has netted three times against Orient in the past three seasons – including a brace for Cambridge in January 2016 at Brisbane Road

After a disappointing 15th place finish last season, Eastleigh appointed Richard Hill as manager in April after he returned to the club as Director of Football. Hill is in his second spell at Eastleigh after securing their promotion to the National League in 2013/2014 with the 53 year old keen to add another promotion to his CV. Assisting Hill is former Orient manager Andy Hessenhaler who was appointed in the summer.

  • Away Record last season – P23  W6  D8  L9  F28  A37
  • Eastleigh after without a win in their last five away games, losing four of them
  • Last away win came at Torquay, 3-2 win , 21/03/17
  • Only won two of 11 away games in 2017 – W2  D3  L6

Hessenhaler was pleased with the reaction of his side against Tranmere, speaking to National League Paper, “after a disappointing week we needed to bounce back with a performance and I thought the boys were excellent. It was a tight affair in the first half and perhaps we didn’t start as well as we should have”.

  • Have kept three clean sheets in their five games this season – only one of four teams in the league
  • Only Bromley have conceded less goals than Eastleigh
  • Eastleigh have only achieved back to back clean sheets twice since October 2016

The Spitfires lost 2-1 Woking in their previous away match with the former Orient manager highlighting the pleasing signs last weekend, “a sign of a good team is one that bounces back and we’ve certainly done that. It’s a new team and they’re coming together now and it’s pleasing”.

  • Eastleigh have only won back to back games once since September 2016 (Barrow 2-0, Chester 1-0 and Torquay 3-2) March
  • Failed to score in three of their last five away games 

Following the win, Hessenthaler reflected on the first five games of the season to dailyecho.co.uk, “on the whole we’re very happy, we are probably two points short of where we’d like to be because ten points is two a game and that will get you where you want to be at the end of the season”. He added “we’re not going to grumble as the games we have had have been tough”.

  • Only Eastleigh and Hartlepool have failed to score in the opening 30 minutes of matches this season

The former Orient manager echoed Steve Davis comments on having a free week to recharge the batteries. With Eastleigh considered as one of the promotion contenders manager Richard Hill knows that despite Orient’s relegation last term, Brisbane Road will not be an easy place to visit, “going to Orient there will be a lot of clubs going to find it a tough place to go”.

  • Eastleigh have only won three of their last 12 games against sides relegated from the football league – W3  D3  L6 
  • They have only won two of their last 6 away games against sides relegated from football league – W2  D1  L3 (last win vs Tranmere 15/16 2-1)

Team News

Orient first team captain Charlie Lee and keeper Charlie Grainger are both struggling with dead legs. Craig Clay and Sam Sargeant could come in for the pair. With two games in three days, head coach Steve Davis stated to leytonorient.com we know we can’t play the same team on both days. We have already told some of them that, we will be looking to use the squad, there are players raring to go”.

Former Orient striker Paul McCallum is expecting to be fit to face his former club but Reda Johnson, Graham Stack and Gavin Hoyte are all ruled out through injury.

Prediction –  Leyton Orient 2-1 Eastleigh

 

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“We’ve Put it Behind Us”

Leyton Orient defender Jake Caprice insist his side have put their 6-1 hammering to Bromley behind them. The O’s fell to their heaviest league defeat since 2015 on Tuesday night with Caprice keen for his side to react in the best possible manner.

  • Heaviest league defeat since 6-1 vs MK Dons 18/04/2015

Caprice who joined Orient from Woking in the summer is looking for a positive reaction from his side. The 24 year old made the move to East London in the summer after two years with the Cardinals and has happy memories of the place. Speaking to leytonorient.com it should be good to go back, I have nothing but fond memories of my time their. It will be good to go back and see some familiar faces but it will be business as usual and we will look to get the right result”.

  • Orient have not lost their opening three away league fixtures since 2006/2007 season (0-3 Port Vale, 1-3 Carlisle, 0-3 Tranmere)
  • 2011/2012 was the last time Orient failed to pick up a win in their first three away league fixtures

Tueday’s heavy loss to Bromley came as a complete shock to O’s head coach, Steve Davis. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we are puzzled to how it came about, we didn’t see it coming after two good results but we are determined to put it right”. Davis’s side have had to react once this season after losing their opening match to Sutton and the former Crewe man has been pleased with the reaction of his players, “it has been as I expected, I have an experienced group who came in positive the next day”

  • Orient have only kept three away league clean sheets since the start of 2016/2017 season
  • Orient have only kept one clean sheet in last 19 away games (4-0 vs Newport, 04/03/2017)

Davis and his management team had an open discussion following the Bromley result with winger Jobi McAnuff hinting that every player had to take responsibility. Speaking to leytonorient.com post match “we were no where near good enough, we all need to take a long look at ourselves”. In the discussion, McAnuff stated that “a few of the senior pro’s had their say and we are very keen to put it right on Saturday”.

  • Orient have only won two of their last 17 away games – W2 D2 L13
  • Orient have conceded two or more goals in their last eight away games
  • Orient have conceded two or more goals in 13 of their last 15 away games

With polar opposite home and away records , Davis hinted to BBC London that his side may have to change their play on their travels, “we want to make our home a fortress but we may have to look at a different way of playing away being more solid”. The defeat at Bromley was littered was errors with Davis stating “with the individual mistakes we made, we were always going to concede”.

  • Orient have lost seven of their last eight away games 
  • Last positive result away was a 2-2 draw with Luton on Good Friday 2017

Caprice is expecting an exciting game with his former side tomorrow, “they are a footballing side, especially with their new manager, they have always liked to play football”. After selling out their two previous away games, the former Woking man wants to see as many O’s fans as possible tomorrow, “we want them right behind us at Woking, the result was bad on Tuesday but they still stuck with us after the game”.

With Orient’s trip to Woking their fifth match of the season, Davis has acknowledged that no game will be easy in the National League. Speaking to leytonorient.com playing against Orient in this league seems to be a cup final for most teams”. He added “we have to take the approach that every game is going to be a final and every team wants to beat us. Every games is going to be tough, Bromley hit that home”.

Orient’s hosts Woking sit head into the clash tomorrow after a 2-1 home win over promotion chasing Eastleigh. An Inih Effiong and a Gavin Hoyte own goal clinched their second home win of the season. The Cardinals have similar problems to the O’s where they have won both home games and lost both away games (Tranmere 3-1, Barrow 3-0).

Woking finished 18th in the National League last season just three points above the relegation zone. After surviving the drop, Woking appointed Anthony Limbrick as manager after he left his coaching role with the West Ham academy. Speaking to getsurrey.com after his appointment “it is a great opportunity for me to come into management and make that step up to leading a team that can hopefully push on and progress”.

  • League Record last season – P46  W14  D11  L21  F66  A80
  • Home Record last season – P23  W9  D7  L7  F32  A30
  • 64% of their points last season were picked up at home
  • Gozie Ugwu (now at Chestefield) scored 26% of their league goals last season

After beating one of the pre-season favourites on Tuesday night, Limbrick was pleased with his sides performance as they kept their unbeaten home record. Speaking to wokingfc.co.uk it was an important three points for us, we knew there would be time where we would have to fight, hassle and scrap and we did that”.

  • Woking are unbeaten in their last five home games – W4 D1
  • Only lost one of their last ten home league games – W6  D3  L1
  • Defeat came in a 4-2 loss to Maidstone, 25/03/2017

With his side under pressure early on against Eastleigh, Limbrick was happy with how his side stayed in the game, “it was a good lesson for us about making sure we didn’t concede and stayed in the game. It gave us a solid platform where we could go and play more allowing the quality to come through”.

  • Have not won three consecutive home league games since September 2016
  • Have not won their opening three home league games since 2015/2016 season (Bromley 2-0, Altrincham 2-0, Chester 5-2)

On loan Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter saved a second half penalty to help the Cardinals picked up their win on Tuesday night. The 18 year old was keen for his side to respond to back to back away defeats, “we wanted to put it right tonight, the disappointment is still there but the result goes some way to putting it right”.

  • Have scored in their last six home games
  • Have scored in ten of their 12 home league games in 2017
  • Last failed to score at home 11/03/2017 – 0-0 draw with Boreham Wood

Continuing from his interview with wokingfc.co.uk Baxter highlighted that Orient’s defeat to Bromley could make the test tougher tomorrow, “when we had two bad results we were really determined to put it right. They have a lot of experience in the team: McAnuff and Lee and they will be hurting”. He added “it can add to the atmosphere but it will be a tough tough test but we will be ready to go Saturday”.

Woking have highlighted in their opening four games about their desire to play attractive football with Baxter agreeing with his manager that they can play even more. “he think we can play more and so do I, we don’t want to give goals away but the message is be good on the ball and let’s be confident about playing out from the back”. Baxter knows that entertainment is key for fans but doesn’t want it to be too risky “the gaffer has been brought in to play a certain style of football, we just need to find a balance between risk and good football”.

 

Woking arrivals

Woking’s summer arrivals 

 

Limbrick praised the midfield duo of Kane Ferdinand and Chez Issac on Tuesday night and is looking to cause Orient problems tomorrow. Speaking to wokingfc.co.uk we looked really dangerous on the counter attack, we have got that pace but we need to use it better. When we have pace that is running beyond the front two we can really cause problems”.

With all of the pre season favourites dropping points in the opening weeks of the season, Limbrick acknowledged just how open league is. Speaking to getsurrey.com it seems like everyone is beating everyone at the moment, it is really strange. It is a very open league and anyone can sort of beat anyone at anytime in the early stages”.

Team News

After naming the same starting 11 in the opening three matches, Steve Davis started Josh Koroma and Romauld Boco on Tuesday night. However both were replaced at half time by Jobi McAnuff and James Dayton who will be pushing to start. Craig Clay will be hoping to start in midfield while Macauley Bonne will be hoping to add to his Orient tally after netting his first of the season against Bromley.

Louis Ramsey is a doubt for the Cardinals after being replaced on Tuesday night, while Jason Banton and Joey Jones are hoping to be involved after missing the victory over Eastleigh. Kane Ferdinand and Chez Issac should continue in central midfield while Inih Effiong will be looking to add to his two goals in four games this season.

Head to Head

One previous meeting – 28/09/04 – Woking 0-3 Leyton Orient LDV Vans Trophy

Prediction – Woking 2-2 Leyton Orient

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“We Have Got to Go There and Perform Well”

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis is hoping his side can overcome their plastic pitch demons as they travel to Bromley tomorrow night. The O’s lost 2-0 to Sutton on the opening day on a 3G pitch with the former Crewe manager keen for his side to perform in Kent.

The O’s picked up their second victory of the season after a tough fought 2-0 win over Maidstone on Saturday. David Mooney netted his second of the season while Romauld Boco slid home his first for the club as it moved Orient up to fourth in the table.

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Davis highlighted that his side had to be patient in order to breakdown a resolute Maidstone outfit but was happy with the final outcome. Speaking to leytonoriet.com post match “we are absolutely delighted, especially winning at home, we have to got to win our home games, we can build some momentum here which can take a little bit of pressure of off the away games. We want to win every game, they are all important to us”.

Orient named the same starting 11 for the third consecutive game on Saturday but Davis was quick to acknowledge that changes may need to be made ahead of the trip to Kent, “one or two looked a bit jaded today, the energy levels weren’t what they were Tuesday night so we might need to freshen it up in certain areas”.

Club captain Mooney has netted in his first two games back at Brisbane Road after returning to the club in the summer and is loving his time in E10. Speaking to the East London Advertiser “it feels great, I have felt good ever since I have come back, I am happy to get the goals but the most important thing is the team is winning”.

  • Last Orient player to score in three consecutive league games was Liam Kelly August and September 2016
  • Last Orient striker to score in three consecutive league games was Jay Simpson in November and December 2015

Orient had to wait an hour till the break through but Mooney revealed that Davis was keen for his side to patient, chances will come, “they came with a game plan to stock up the midfield area, we couldn’t get through the gaps like we like to. We knew if we keep probing , eventually we would get one or two chances and we managed to take them”.

With over 14 arrivals including Mooney into the club this summer , the squad has settled down nicely to life in East London. Orient’s number ten was part of the crop that made it so close in 2013/2014 but revealed this year “is probably up there with one of the best dressing rooms I have been involved in. We have great banter every day, there is great team spirit; the manager and Ross has instilled that from day one”. He added “We do things outside of football and it is a bit camaraderie  which the club has need to drive it forward”.

  • Orient have not kept back to back clean sheets since April 2016 (Mansfield 1-0, Yeovil 1-0)

As Orient head for the second match on 3G, Mooney stated that he doesn’t really like these pitches but “we only have two left, it will be tough against Bromley but if we can get in front it will be a little bit easier because chasing a game on astro isn’t easy”. The O’s fell behind to Sutton within the first 20 minutes on the opening day but Mooney is hoping “that we go there and be compact early on and seeing how the game progresses”.

  • Orient have conceded two or more goals in their last seven away games and nine of their last 10 on their travels
  • Last win away came 04/03/17 – 4-0 vs Newport County

Head Coach Davis highlighted that after back to back wins, he is hoping the form can be taken on the road. Speaking to East London Advertiser we want to win every game, it won’t always happen but we will set out to win away as much as we do at home”. He added “our first two away games have been on astro so we have to play on them like everybody else, we are not complaining. We have just got to go there perform well and get the three points; that is all we are focusing on”

  • The last time Orient won three consecutive games was back in August 2015

Orient hosts tomorrow night Bromley are one of eight unbeaten National League sides after the opening three games. The Ravens have drew two and won one of their opening fixtures, coming into tomorrow’s clash off of a 0-0 draw away at Macclesfield on Saturday. Their only victory of the season came away in a 2-1 victory at Dover Athletic with Louis Dennis and Josh Rees giving them their first three points of the season.

  • Bromley are unbeaten in their last five league fixtures – W2  D3
  • Have only lost one of their last nine league games (W5 D3 L1), defeat came in a 2-1 loss to Eastleigh, 17/04/17

Bromley finished 10th in the National Conference last season and will hoping to build on it as they start their third campaign at this level. The Ravens achieved promotion back in 2014/2015 as they won the Conference South and have progressed in the past two season in the National League.

  • Last Season – P46  W18  D8  L20  F59  A66
  • Home form – P23  W11  D3  L9  F33  A37
  • Only Solihull (38), Maidstone (39), North Ferriby (40) and Southport (41) conceded more goals at home than Bromley last season

Following his sides 0-0 draw with Macclesfield, manager Neil Smith spoke to the National League Paper stating, “I’m disappointed in the way we played but I’m delighted with the point we did gain”. Smith’s side are one of the four National League sides to concede just one goal so far this season with the Bromley manager praising his defence on Saturday, “they put us under some real serious pressure today and I thought out back four did really well”.

  • Bromley have kept three clean sheets in their last four games
  • Only conceded once in their last 400 minutes of League football

With his side hosting one of the so called pre season favourites tomorrow, Smith admitted that he would have taken his sides start at the beginning of the season. Speaking to kentishfootball.co.ukthe players all want to do better, there’s times when we could have scored but if someone would have said that you would be unbeaten going into the fourth game, I would have taken that”.

Despite his side being unbeaten, Bromley have only found the net in one of those games but Smith isn’t worried by his goal shy squad, “if we weren’t creating chances then I’ll worry, the fact we’ve been keeping them down to a minimum means we can build from the back. We know we can do better up front, I have no doubt that it will click very soon”.

With Orient and Hartlepool visiting Hayes Lane this week, Smith is keen for his side to stand up to the occasion and not become overawed, “We’re in together, they’re in the same league as us, it’s not a cup game we must make sure we don’t get overawed. We need to stick to our game plan and hope it pays off”.

  • Bromley are unbeaten in their last five league games at Hayes Lane
  • Their last defeat came against Chester 1-0, 25/03/17

As expected there should be a large gate at Hayes Lane tomorrow with the visit of Orient with Smith statingwe are absolutely delighted a team like Orient are coming down, we know it’s going to be difficult but we know there is going to be a big crowd and we are keen to put on a good show”. He added “we are not there to make the numbers up for Orient, it’s not about them; for me it’s about us”

Smith who has been first team manager since 2016 is hoping that his side can perform for the home crowd “they have been brilliant, we want to give everything and want them going away saying that the players worked hard”. However he has not underestimated the task at hand tomorrow “to get a result against Orient will be absolutely dreamworld”.

Team News

Steve Davis has hinted at changes to his starting 11 with this fixture being the fourth game in 11 days. Jobi McAnuff and David Mooney were replaced during Saturday’s win over Maidstone with Romauld Boco and Josh Koroma pushing for a start at Hayes Lane tomorrow.

Bromley quintet David Gregory, Alan Dunne, George Porter, Frankie Sutherland and Ben Chorley will be looking to face their former employer.

Head to Head

The sides have only met once before back in the first round the FA Cup in 2011 where Orient beat Bromley 3-0, with now Bromley striker George Porter netting the second for Orient against the Ravens.

Prediction – Bromley 1-1 Leyton Orient

 

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