“It’s Going to be an Uphill Battle”

Maidstone United’s Head of Football John Still is under no illusion of the task he has taken on at the Gallagher Stadium. The 68 year old came out of retirement to return to the club he gain promotion with in 1989. The Stones head to league leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday and will be hoping to start the new era of with a result.

  • Sit 23rd in National League on 25 points – Six points from safety
  • Lost three of their last five in all competitions
  • League Record – P30  W7  D4  L19  F27  A50

Still stepped down as Barnet manager in December but revealed the lure to return was too much. The former Dagenham man admitted to having many calls looking for his services but stated to maidstoneunited.co.ukthe role seemed the right one for me, the club is in a real difficult situation and it’s going to be an uphill battle. But it was the right time, right place, right job for me”.

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Maidstone’s Last Six Results

The Stones head to Orient on the back of a 3-0 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend. Nathan Smith, Connor Wilkinson and Lamar Reynolds all struck to inflict a eighth defeat in their last ten league games. Simon Walton who was in temporary charge admitted to maidstoneunited.co.ukit was probably one of the best games we’ve played this season to be perfectly honest”. The Stones missed a host of chances with Walton acknowledging the tough lesson his side would have learnt, “you get what you deserve unfortunately in football, if you don’t take your chances and let top strikers who cost a lot of money have chances, what are you going to get?

  • Kept five league clean sheets (four away)
  • No Clean sheet in last two – conceding seven
  • Kept one in last five games
  • Only kept one in last 11 league games 
  • One in last six away games

Still has brought former Braintree manager Hakan Hayrettin as his first team coach to assist him. The pair worked together at Luton between 2013 and 2015 and Hakan admitted it was a tough decision to depart Braintree but is relishing the challenge, “I am really looking forward to it, I am happy I made the decision to be at one of the biggest non-league clubs”.

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John Still and Hakan Hayrettin record at Luton

After a long period of success and stability with Jay Saunders in charge for seven years, Still is the third manager of the season at the Gallagher Stadium. Hayrettin highlighted that being six points from safety at the bottom of the league, securing their National League status for next season is their aim. Speaking to maidstoneunited.co.uk we’ve got a talented squad, we’ve got to find the best way of getting it out and finding a structure of playing to get points. Success is measured in different ways, for us staying in this league is going to be our aim. Everything is going to be difficult but the challenge is the most important thing and we’ve got to rise to it”.

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Maidstone’s Last Six Seasons

  • Failed to score in ten league games (five away)
  • Scored in three of their last four games
  • Scored in last four away games
  • Scored in seven of their last eight games on the road
  • Not failed to score in back to back games since October

maidstone next 6Despite having just 16 games left of the National League season to ensure their safety, Still feels that his side have to build a strong base and foundations in order to help them succeed. Still highlighted how important the next fortnight could be for his side speaking to kentonline.co.ukWe’re under no pressure and then we’ve got a cup game next week. We’ve got two weeks for me to try and work to give ourselves the rest of the games to do it”. He added “I’ve got to work work work to give ourselves a chance to be better for as many games as possible and I’m going to need that time to do a little bit of work on and off the pitch”

  • Away League Record – P15  W6  D1  L8  F15  A22
  • 76% of their league points have come on the road
  • Won their last two
  • Only lost one of their last four on the road
  • 16 of their last 18 league points have been collected away from home

With just three league wins since the start of November it will be a tough task for Still and his team. Still’s biggest challenge is to rectify the problems on the pitch, speaking to maidstoneunited.co.ukI want us to be hard working, hopefully exciting and hopefully winning. We are where we are for a reason and what we have to try and do is find out the reasons why it is happening and eradicate why it has happened”.

  • 29/50 goals conceded have been in second half 
  • But five of their last eight have been conceded in first half
  • Taken just five points from 42 against top half – W1  D2  L11  F8  A22
  • Only taken one point from possible 21 against the top seven

Team News

Simon Walton is set to continue after returning in the defeat to Dagenham while Jamie Philpot remains on trial and is looking to earn a deal. Jake Robinson and Elliott Romain look set to continue in attack while top scorer Blair Turgott is still out with injury.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 4, Draw 1, Maidstone 1

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The Six Meetings Between the Sides

  • Maidstone’s only victory over the O’s was back in October
  • Maidstone have lost both of their trips to the Breyer Group Stadium
  • Maidstone have lost all three of the National League meetings between sides

Last Time Out – 3-0 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge


Starting 11 vs Dagenham

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Maidstone


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“No Doubt We Will Have to Be at Our Best on Saturday”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh insists his side must be on top of their game when they visit in form Ebbsfleet United on Saturday. The O’s travel to Kent looking to keep their hands tightly on top spot but will face a Fleet side who have only lost one of their last 10. Speaking to the O’s Show they gave us a real good game at home and we will expect another one on Saturday. We have always been good away from home and no doubt we will have to be at our best on Saturday. We go full of confidence”.

  • Sit 1st on 57 points – two point lead over Salford
  • Two wins in last five games
  • Taken four points from last 12 available in league
  • League Record – P29  W16  D9  L4  F49  A20

Orient head to Stonebridge Road on the back of a 1-0 away victory at Wrexham in the FA Trophy. Matt Harrold’s second half penalty was enough to sent the O’s in to Round Three with Edinburgh happy with the reaction of his side. Speaking to leytonorient.comwe were disappointed with the score line last week but we came here with a real believe, it was a real good away performance and an excellent victory”.

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Orient’s Last Six Results

Defender George Elokobi made only his fourth start of the season at Wrexham, a game where Edinburgh rotated his squad giving minutes to squad members. With injuries to first choice center backs Josh Coulson and Marvin Ekpiteta, Elokobi highlighted the importance of making sure every player is ready to step in when called upon. Speaking to leytonorient.comthankfully the gaffer has given some of us minutes to make we are up to speed because everyone is going to be needed from now until the end of the season”

  • Away League Record – P14  W7  D5   L2  F23  A10
  • Best record in league and joint best defensive record with Barnet
  • Only won one of their last four on their travels
  • Lost two of their last three away league games
  • Not won back to back away games since November

Injuries have started to built up for the O’s but Edinburgh wasted no time in recruiting defender Jamie Turley into his squad ahead of the trip to Ebbsfleet. The former Spurs defender revealed to the O’s Show on Friday that George Elokobi and Dan Happe will start at Stonebridge Road. Edinburgh was delighted with their performance at Wrexham, stating to leytonorient.comI thought George and Dan Happe, two players who haven’t had a lot of football were quiet immense. A colossus the both of them at the back, you wouldn’t have know they haven’t played much football”.

  • Orient kept 13 league clean sheets – five away
  • Kept three in their last four games
  • Kept two in last three league games
  • Kept seven in their last 11 games
  • Kept three in last five away games
  • Conceded six in their last five league games

Edinburgh will come head to head with Gary Hill who he was his assistant back in 2008 at Rushden & Diamonds. The former Woking man has moved Fleet into touching distance of the play offs and Edinburgh highlights the test that awaits his side. Speaking to the O’s Show it’s going to be a tough one, I’m led to belief they have only lost once since October. Their form has been good, I know Gary Hill very well, I worked with him for a period of time at Rushden”. 

  • Failed to score in six league games – 
  • Scored in three of their last five games
  • Only scored one goal in the last three games they have scored in
  • Failed to score in two of their last three away league games
  • But  have scored in 12 of their 14 away league game this season

Ebbsfleet sat 17th when Hill arrived at Stonebridge Road but has immediately seen an upturn in fortune. No side in the National League has taken more points since his arrival than Ebbsfleet and Edinburgh acknowledges Hill is getting the best from his side. Speaking to the O’s show, “He’s gone in and got a group of players that were probably underperforming, he’s got them performing to a level. They have a lot of good players there, they know this level, the were beaten semi-finalists and not a lot has changed”.

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Orient’s Next Six Fixtures

Team News

New signing Jamie Turley could start after joining from Notts County in midweek while midfielder Craig Clay is set to return after missing the last four matches. Macauley Bonne, Jobi McAnuff, Josh Koroma, Joe Widdowson and Sam Ling should all return after sitting out the victory at Wrexham last weekend. Josh Coulson (hamstring), Marvin Ekpiteta (ankle) and James Dayton (knee) all remain sidelined through injury while Myles Judd is suspended after his red card at Wrexham.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 0, Draw 2, Ebbsfleet 1

  • All three meetings have seen both teams score
  • Last two matches ended as draws
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The Three Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 1-0 vs Wrexham (FA Trophy)

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Starting 11 at Wrexham

Prediction – Ebbsfleet 1-1 Leyton Orient 

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“Neutrals Will Say Ebbsfleet vs Leyton Orient is Game of The Day”

Ebbsfleet manager Gary Hill insist his side will be relishing the visit of league leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday. Hill who has made a big impact since his arrival at Fleet sees his side sit top of the form table and insists the pressure will be on Orient. Speaking to kentonline.co.uk we go into the game with no pressure on us. We want to get into that top group and keep the run going but Orient will be feeling it. Their league form lately has been a little bit indifferent and they’ll be respecting us like we’re be respecting them”.

  • Sit Ninth on 44 points
  • Only lost two of their last 10 in all competitions – W6  D2  L2
  • Only lost one of their last 13 league games – W7  D5  L1
  • League Record – P29  W12  D8  L9  F43  A31

Ebbsfleet head into the clash on the back of a 3-3 draw with Chesterfield two weeks ago. Michael Cheek, Cody McDonald and Bagasan Graham put Fleet 3-0 ahead before second half goals from Tom Denton, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Will Evans drew Chesterfield level before Cheek had a late penalty saved.

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Ebbsfleet’s Last Six Results

Hill’s side had an enforced break last weekend after exiting the FA Trophy in December but the break came at the right time for Fleet according to Hill. Speaking to ebbsfleetunited.co.ukwe needed to clear our heads if that’s possible after a game like that. We’ve had a two week break, the players deserved it and needed it. Mentally and physically, they’ve gone through a great deal without any let up”.

  • Kept ten league clean sheets – four at home
  • Kept two in their last three games
  • Kept five clean sheets in last ten games – conceding nine goals
  • Kept five clean sheets in last seven home games

Ebbsfleet’s fortunes have changed since the arrival of Hill back in November and the former Woking boss has taken Fleet to within touching distance of the play-offs. Fleet sat 10 points from the playoffs when Hill arrived and their form has seen them set their sights on the top seven. Speaking to kentonline.co.ukit has been some turnaround, to be 17th in the league one minute, four points off the bottom four and now to be within two places of the top seven with just one defeat in ten games. We’ve put ourselves in a position where we’ve got something to look forward to”.

  • No team has taken more points since Hill’s arrival than Ebbsfleet 21/30
  • Only trailed in one of their last 13 matches – only 62 minutes
  • Eight of their 12 league wins and four of their six home wins have been by at least two goals – including their last three wins

There will be a familiar face in the visiting dug out for Hill in Justin Edinburgh. The former Spurs defender was Hill’s assistant back in 2008 at Rushden & Diamonds and Hill highlights that both sides will have to be at the top of their game. Speaking to ebbsfleetunited.co.ukhe was a good lad, he’s done well since our time together. He knows me and he knows from his own knowledge and experience that he’s going to have a very hard game and they’re going to have to be at their best, same as our team”.

  • Failed to score in six league games – four at home
  • Scored in last four games – scoring 14
  • Scored in eight of their last ten games
  • Only failed to score in one of their last nine league games
  • Scored in four of their last five home games

Unbeaten in their last four, Hill insists his side are ready to pit their wits against the league leaders in front of a large home crowd.. Speaking to kentonline.co.uk if we do our jobs on the day, we can give anybody a good game. If we put the hard work in and the home crowd get behind us, we’ve got the players who are a match for an team in league”. He added “All you can ask as a manager is that your players perform with no regrets. Let’s see how far we’ve come against a team who, without doubt, are the top team in the league”.

  • Home League Record – P14  W6  D2  L6  F20  A15
  • Won their last two home games and four of their last five in all competitions
  • Won their last five home games and taken 16 points from last 18 available at Stonebridge Road
  • Last league defeat – 6th October – Ebbsfleet 0-2 Harrogate
  • One defeat in last eight – W5  D2  L1

With no cup distractions, the league will take sole priority for Fleet who are full of  the confidence. Fleet have only picked up two points from nine games against the teams above them but Hill is hoping his sides fortunes can change at Stonebridge Road. Speaking to ebbsfleetunited.co.uk look at the table, we’ve got the top five teams coming to Ebbsfleet and sixth to eighth in our next three away games. When you’re chasing and playing a little bit of catch up, I think it’s important to be playing teams around you. Winning these games closes the gap more quickly”

  • 24/43 league goals have been in first half (12/20 at home)
  • 11 of their last 14 have been netted in first half
  • Conceded 18/31 league goals in first half 
  • But six of their last eight have been in the second half
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Next Six Fixtures

Team News

Dave Winfield is the only absentee for the visit of Orient. Striker Michael Cheek will be looking to add to his nine league goals while fellow striker Cody McDonald has three goals in his last two appearances against Orient. 

Hill on his squad to ebbsfleetunited.co.ukthey’re all firing. It’s good healthy competition and that’s what we want even though small in numbers. Everyone’s involved now instead of a few players sitting on sidelines and not being part of things”.

Head to Head – Ebbsfleet 1, Draw 2, Leyton Orient

  • Ebbsfleet unbeaten in all three meetings
  • Both teams have scored in every meeting
  • Last Two meetings have ended in draws
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The Three Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 3-3 vs Chesterfield (05/01/2018)

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Starting 11 vs Chesterfield

Prediction – Ebbsfleet 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“It’s A Big Challenge”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is hoping his side can bounce back in the FA Trophy on Saturday. The O’s make the trip to North Wales to face Wrexham looking for a response after last weekend’s defeat but acknowledges the test his side await. Speaking to leytonorient.com I’m really excited, I know the group have been all week. It gives us an opportunity to put things right. It’s a big challenge, we know how tough it was when we went there in the league. We will have to be at our best on Saturday”.

  • Sit 1st in National League
  • Three defeats in last seven games

Orient head to Wales on the back of a 3-0 home defeat to Salford last Saturday. Carl Pierganni and Rory Gaffney headed Salford into a 2-0 lead after just eight minutes. The O’s tried to find a route back into the game but Pierganni headed his second late on to inflict defeat on Orient. Edinburgh was left frustrated with his side start stating to leytonorient.comwe come up against a good team, good players and an organised team. Once they got that lead they were determined not to give it up. We just couldn’t find any space and became a very frustrating and difficult afternoon”.

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Orient’s Last Six Results

The O’s still sit top of the National League and like the other front runners have suffered a recent blip in form with just one win in their last four. Captain Jobi McAnuff acknowledges that a key to any side is reacting from defeats and feels the trip to Wrexham gives them a perfect opportunity. Speaking to East London Advertiser the big test is not having a run of bad defeats or performances now and that is one of the reasons we are where we are because we have reacted well to a bad result and that is what it is about again”.

  • Away Record this Season – P15  W7  D5  L3  F23  A11
  • No win in last three – D1  L2
  • Last victory – 2-0 at Wrexham , 24/11/2018
  • Lost last two away cup games
  • Only lost one of their last four trophy away games

Edinburgh was rewarded by his fine work at Orient signing a new two and half year deal on Friday. The 49 year old was delighted to extend his stay in E10 but highlights that his journey is only just starting at the Breyer Group Stadium. Speaking to leytonorient.comit’s been a fantastic journey, a lot of people have put in an incredible amount of work to lay a real good foundation” He added “what we echo is the need to remain focused now, there are some real exciting games and times ahead, it was an easy decision to sign this extension”.

  • Kept 14 clean sheets this season – Five away
  • Kept two in last five games – conceding six goals
  • Only kept one in last eight cup games
  • Kept two in last six away games

The O’s  made it to the 4th Round last season and will be setting their sights further this year. After cruising past Beaconsfield in Round One, the trip to Wrexham is much trickier but defender Joe Widdowson is relishing the challenge. Speaking to East London Advertiser obviously it will be a good test for us and it is a nice game in a big stadium so it is one we’ll be up for. Everyone is looking forward to this. I am sure they want to beat us but we want to get through as well”.

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Orient’s FA Trophy Results

Orient have only lost back to back games once under Justin Edinburgh and McAnuff highlights that it is important to be positive and a run in the trophy can help build momentum for the rest of the season. Speaking to East London Advertiser this is the second half of the season, all the football is in front of us and we are where we want to be and it is about being positive, carrying momentum and getting back on track as quickly as possible”

  • Failed to score in seven games
  • Only scored in one of their last three
  • Only failed in one of their last eight cup games
  • Only scored in one of their last three way games

Team News

Josh Coulson and James Dayton are both out injured while midfielder Craig Clay is a doubt after missing the last three games through injury. Jordan Maguire-Drew should make his first start for Orient against his old club while Dan Happe should start in place of the absence Coulson. Alex Lawless should start in midfield while Edinburgh could hand a start to Matt Harrold and James Alabi.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 13, Draw 11, Wrexham 11

  • Orient are unbeaten in the last five meetings – W3  D2
  • Have not lost at the Racecourse since 1995, W2  D2
  • Have scored in the last five meetings
  • Four of the last eight meetings have ended as draws
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The Last Nine Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 3-0 home defeat to Salford

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Starting 11 vs Salford

Prediction – Wrexham 1-2 Leyton Orient





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“It Gives Us A Chance to Experiment”

Wrexham manager Graham Barrow feels Saturday’s FA Trophy game is the perfect opportunity to trial a different way of playing with his side. The Dragons head into the clash on the back of three defeats on the spin and the 64 year old is keen to find a different way of playing. Speaking to wrexhamafc.co.uk it gives us a chance to experiment, we’ve got to come up with a plan B, we haven’t had one all season. Once our starting system doesn’t work, we have to try and find that plan B”.

  • Sit 4th in National League 
  • Three wins in last seven games

Barrow’s men fell to their third defeat in a row with a 2-0 away defeat to Bromley on Tuesday night. First half goals from Marc Anthony Okoye and George Porter inflicted defeat for the Dragons and saw them drop to fourth. Defender James Jennings was disappointed with his side performance stating to wrexhamafc.co.uk I think we were off the races from start to finish. The first ten minutes I thought we started well but we didn’t penetrate or hurt them then we allowed them in the game. We switched off twice and got punished for them”.

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Last Six Results

Tuesday’s defeat was a missed opportunity for them to close the gap at the top of the table to just two points. Jennings admitted it was a blow for his side and acknowledged it was important for his side to show character on Saturday. Speaking to wrexhamafc.co.ukwe put ourselves in a good position at the back end of Christmas, we’ve got ourselves into a little rut now. It’s time to stand up and be counted. We’ve got FA Trophy Saturday, a break from the league, we can get back onto the training ground and do some work”.

  • Home Record this season – P18  W12 D4  L2  F31  A8
  • Only lost one of their last six – W4  D1  L1
  • Only lost two of their last 19 home games – W12  D5  L2
  • Only won one of their last three home FA Trophy games
  • Not lost back to back home games since April 2018

Wrexham have had a busy January already making five signings including two strikers in Jason Oswell and Cole Stockton. Manager Barrow is hoping the pair can help solve the goal shy Dragons, he highlighted the need for more goals in his side admitting to wrexhamafc.co.ukwe put a lot of pressure on our defense all season by not scoring enough goals. Then when we do concede it becomes an uphill battle. We have got to find a way to score more goals”

  • Failed to score in 14 games this season
  • Failed in their last three
  • Only scored in two of their last six
  • Scored in four of their last five home games – scoring 11
  • Only scored in one of their last three home trophy games

The Dragons haven’t lost four in a row since December 2016, Jennings alongside his manager think going back to basics could be the answer to bouncing back against Orient. The 31 year old stated to wrexhamafc.co.ukwe need to go back to basics, I don’t know if we have kind of lost our identity a little bit. There were a few spells today where we didn’t know whether to come short or go long. It’s only down to the 11 players on the pitch, the decision making was not quite there”.

  • Kept 20 clean sheets this season – 12 at home
  • No clean sheet in last three
  • One in last five games
  • Kept four in last six home games
  • Only kept one in last six FA Trophy Games

The Dragons haven’t gone further than the second round since 2015 and despite admitting to changes, Barrow is still going full on to win the game. Barrow was Sam Ricketts assistant when the O’s beat Wrexham back in November and will be looking for revenge on Saturday. Speaking to leaderlive.co.ukit would be nice to win the game, that it is the key to it. It is an opportunity because it is the next game and we have lost three games, we have to do something about what happened at Bromley”. He added “whilst we are trying to win Saturday, it is a perfect opportunity with our league position to try and find a system that can rejuvenate one or two people”.

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Wrexham’s FA Trophy last seven seasons

Team News

Manny Smith and Doug Tharme remain out injured. Recent signings Cole Stockton and Jason Oswell are set to make their first start at the Racecourse alongside Bobby Grant. New signing Kieran Kennedy should be involve after joining from Macclesfield while Brad Walker has returned to the club but is set to miss the visit of Orient.

Head to Head  – Wrexham 11, Draw 11, Leyton Orient 13

  • Wrexham have only won one of the last 8 meetings – W1  D4  L3
  • Last win 29/04/2003 – Leyton Orient 0-1 Wrexham
  • Haven’t scored in the last two meetings
  • Haven’t won at the Racecourse since 1995 – D2  L2
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    Last Nine Meetings Between Sides

    Last Time Out – 2-0 defeat at Bromley

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Starting 11 vs Bromley

Prediction – Wrexham 1-2 Leyton Orient


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“This is the Type of Game We Need to Relish and Enjoy”

Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson insists his side will be raring to go against promotion rivals Salford arrive today. The full back has been a constant in the joint best National League defence and is looking forward to the battle ahead of his side. Speaking to East London Advertiser this is the type of game we need to relish and enjoy. We want to test ourselves against the teams near the top and that is rightly where we should be”.

  • Sit 1st on 57 points
  • Two wins in last four games – W2  D1  L1
  • League Record – P28  W16  D9  L3  F49  A17
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Orient’s Next Six Fixtures

The O’s moved four points clear at the top of the National League after their 1-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge on New Year’s Day. Macauley Bonne struck his 18th of the season in the first half to secure victory. Head coach Justin Edinburgh was delighted how his side started the new year stating to leytonorient.comit was a solid performance, a good clean sheet and a very valuable three points to take into the new year”.

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Orient’s Last Six Results

Orient should have made it more comfortable against Dagenham with chances wasted in the second half. However with the return from injury from captain Jobi McAnuff the O’s look back to their threatening best going forward which delighted Edinburgh. Speaking to leytonorient.comthere could have been other opportunities where we didn’t capitalize on in the second half. The intent was there, the opportunities were there which was good. We created today, perhaps we might have been lacking in the last couple of games. We looked nearer to our best”

  • Failed to score in five league games (three at home)
  • Scored in four of their last five games
  • Scored in last four home games and six of their last seven at the Breyer Group
  • Scored two or more goals in five of their last seven home games

Saturday’s clash with Salford pits 1st vs 3rd at the Breyer Group Stadium and Edinburgh is aware that being top of the league they are the team everyone wants to catch. The O’s have been top since November and the former Newport man feels his side are dealing with the test. Speaking to East London Advertiser this is the new challenge, we are top of the league and people want to come and beat you. People want to raise their game against you but I think the players have embraced the challenge and are doing very well with it”. 

  • Home League Record – P14  W9  D4  L1  F26  A7
  • Only Wrexham and Salford (33) have taken more points at home
  • Unbeaten in their last eight at home –  W6  D2
  • Won their last four home games
  • Only lost one of 15 home games this season – W10  D4  L1

Orient travelled to Salford back on the opening day where either side could have left with three points on another day. Widdowson is aware that it is a massive game at the sold out Breyer Group Stadium and the Amnies will pose problems for his side on Saturday. Speaking to East London Advertiserit is a big game for us and a big test and we will be desperate to try and beat them here at home”. He added “they have some very good individuals, they are a good side and to be honest they are one of, if not the best side we’ve played this season”. 

  • Kept 13 league clean sheets (eight at home)
  • Kept back to back clean sheets
  • Kept six in their last nine games – only conceding four goals
  • Kept six in their last eight home games – conceding just two goals
  • Only conceded two or more goals in two of 28 league games this season

With the O’s top of the league and Salford needing the points to catch Orient, Salford are expected to take the game to Justin Edinburgh’s men. Widdowson highlights the importance of maintaining focus on what his side are doing and not becoming worried about how their rivals are getting on. Speaking to leytonorient.com we need to keep doing what we have been doing and get obsessed with other results. We are top of the league we need to make sure we keep winning games and putting points on the board. We will keep ticking the games off with wins and draws”.

  • Scored 31/49 league goals in second half (18/26 at home)
  • Only Harrogate (34) have scored more
  • 13 of their last 16 goals have been in second period
  • Six of their 17 goals conceded have been after 75th minute

Team News

Captain Jobi McAnuff is set to continue after recovering from a broken toe while midfielder Craig Clay could return after missing the last two games with a dead leg. Alex Lawless is pushing for a starting place after impressing in recent weeks while new signing Jordan Maquire-Drew is available after joining from Brighton in midweek.

Head to Head – One previous meeting

04/08/2018 – Salford City 1-1 Leyton Orient

Last Time Out – 1-0 vs Dagenham, 01/01/2019

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Starting 11 vs Dagenham

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Salford

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“We’ve Got Another Serious Test on Saturday”

Salford captain Liam Hogan felt his side were almost back to their best in their 2-0 victory over Wrexham on New Years Day. The Ammies head to league leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday in a crunch game with the 29 year old highlighted the importance of the clash at the Breyer Group Stadium. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk after the Wrexham victory “to a man defensively it was a Salford type of performance we have seen from the early part of the season. Long may it continue, they don’t come any bigger next week”.

  • Sit 3rd on 52 points – five off top spot
  • One win in last five league games
  • League Record – P28  W15  D7  L6  F53  A31
  • Taken six points out of last 18 available
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Salford’s Next Six Fixtures

Graham Alexander’s men ended their losing run against Wrexham thanks to goals from Matt Green and Rory Gaffney. Salford had lost their last four league games, dropping to third in the league but Alexander was thrilled with his sides return to winning ways. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk the players were immense today, when you get doubted you doubt yourself. It takes a big heart and a strong mind to show what you are capable of and I thought they did that today”.

salford last 6

Salford’s Last Six Results

Striker Matt Green has settled into life quickly at the Penisula after his move from Lincoln in December. The 32 year old has netted in back to back games and was finally able to taste victory as an Ammie. The striker was quick to praise the whole squad to salfordcityfc.co.ukwe felt more organised, resolute to what we believe in and that belief would get us the right result. We stuck to that, the whole squad dug in and stuck together to show what this group can achieve”.

  • Joint top scorers in National League
  • Failed to score in just three league games
  • Scored in last five games – scoring nine goals
  • Only failed to score in one of their last eight games
  • Scored in nine of last 11 away games

Salford were only promoted to the National League last season but have their sights fully on the Football League. After bouncing back from consecutive defeats, Alexander was keen to stress to his side to grasp the chance of playing in the Football League next season. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.ukI can’t speak highly enough of the character of the team and individuals within the squad. I am really pleased, we have worked exceptionally hard this season and got an opportunity, we don’t want to waste it, we showed today how much we wanted to take it”.

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Salford’s last four Season finishes

Striker Rory Gaffney grabbed his first goal since the end of November against Wrexham and was delighted for his side to start 2019 with a win. After playing title rivals Wrexham home and away over Christmas, Gaffney is relishing the trip to Leyton Orient on Saturday. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk these are the games we want to be involved in, big crowds. At the minute these are very important games against top teams in the league and we want to show what good team we are”.

  • Away League Record – P14  W5 D4  L5  F21  A18
  • Lost their last three on the road
  • Winless in their last six away games – D3  L3
  • All five away wins have been by two or more goals
  • Last victory on road – 3-1 at Barnet, 30/10/2018

One major positive coming from the Wrexham victory that Alexander is hoping to take with him is a clean sheet. The Amnies had conceded 13 goals in the previous five games but the 47 year old revealed defensive stability needs to be on the top of his agenda. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.ukwe need more clean sheets, I take that on board myself, we have to work on our defensive discipline and responsibilities as much as we do on our attacking senses. We are the top scorers but maybe I have taken my eye off the ball defensively, it’s something we need to address and fix”.

  • Kept 10 league clean sheets
  • One in their last six games
  • Two in last eight games
  • Conceded ten goals in last three away games
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Goals Conceded by the Top 10 teams

A result on Saturday would see Salford cut the gap to Orient but the O’s have only lost once at home this season. The Amnies have only won back to back games once since October and Alexander is aware the challenge that will await his side on Saturday. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk we’ve got another serious test on Saturday, we have to look forward to it”.

  • Scored 28/53 league goals in second half (11/21 away)
  • Four of their last five have been in second half
  • Conceded 16/31 goals in first half
  • Eight have been between 31-45 minutes

Team News

Gus Mafuta is suspended after his red card against Barrow over Christmas. Matt Green looks set to continue in attack after netting in back to back games for the Amnies. Top scorer Adam Rooney and midfielder Danny Lloyd could be recalled to the starting 11 after dropping to the bench in the victory over Wrexham on New Years Day.

Alexander to salfordcityfc.co.uk on his squad “we might have to use the squad again Saturday. I felt we needed to bring in some fresh legs. It is going to take more than 11 players to have any success, it does with any team”.

Head to Head – One previous meeting

04/08/2018 – Salford City 1-1 Leyton Orient

Last Time Out – 2-0 win over Wrexham

salford vs wrexham nyd

Starting 11 vs Wrexham

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Salford

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