“We Can’t Wait, It’s Going to be An Emotional Day”

Leyton Orient midfielder Josh Wright is urging his side to make a positive start to their League Two campaign against Cheltenham Town on Saturday. The O’s play their first game back in the Football League after two seasons away on Saturday.

Orient First Six Games

Orient’s First Six Games

Following a difficult summer in E10 after the passing of head coach Justin Edinburgh, the O’s play their first competitive fixture back at the Breyer Group Stadium. Tributes and remembrance events will take place pre match and Interim Head Coach Ross Embleton insist his players are ready for the occasion. Speaking to East London Advertiser it will be an incredibly emotional day, but it has been an emotional period for this group and they are ready to embrace that emotion and take it on”. He added “not only to get a result against Cheltenham, but for the season beyond because it is not only about one game”.

After capturing the National League Title in April, there has only been a few changes in personnel with Louis Dennis becoming the latest addition from Portsmouth. Wright returned to the O’s as Justin Edinburgh’s last signing and highlights the need for a hungry squad in the season. Speaking to leytonorient.com competition is healthy, if you haven’t got people pushing and driving you on every day, you go into a comfort zone. You have to have depth, you can’t do it with 11 or 12, you need 20 + and we have that”.

Orient Summer signings

Orient’s Summer Signings

Despite the step up in levels, Embleton is confident his side will hold their own in League Two and has urged the fans to get behind the side at home. Speaking to East London Advertiser I think there is an element of knowhow in this group whether it is actually League One or League Two experience. Hopefully the excitement and energy we create here at home and being back in the division we can turn games onto our terms”.

Despite having an unbeaten pre season ending with a 2-1 victory over an Norwich XI last weekend, Wright feels it can be slightly false. The 29 year old is set to make his debut tomorrow and stated to leytonorient.com I am not a lover of pre season, the anticipation and waiting for the season is too much. The real stuff starts next week, we know that. We have got one week to prepare for a gruelling, big season and feels like it is going be one. We can’t wait, it’s going to be an emotional day, we want to hit the ground running with three points”.

Team News

Orient will be without the injured trio of James Dayton, Jamie Turley and Jobi McAnuff. Striker Lee Angol should be available after overcoming an illness while Dean Brill is expected to start in goal. Connor Wilkinson and Josh Wright should make their debuts at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 6, Draw 5, Cheltenham 10

Last Meeting – 25/02/2017 – Leyton Orient 0-1 Cheltenham

Cheltenham H2H

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Orient have only won one of the last five meetings – W1  D1  L3
  • Orient have lost their last two home meetings with the Robins
  • Both teams have scored in only three of last nine meetings

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Cheltenham

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“It’s Probably as Difficult Game as We Could Have Had”

Cheltenham Town manager Michael Duff is relishing his first full season in charge of the Robins. The 41 year old takes his side to newly promoted Leyton Orient for their season opener on Saturday and is raring to get the season started. Speaking to gloucestershirelive.co.uk everybody at the club is ready for it now. Pre Season is a long hard slog so I think everyone in the league is ready for it now”.

Cheltenham’s Pre Season Results

Cheltenham Pre Season

Duff guided the Robins to a 16th place finish last season and is looking to continue their momentum this season. The former Burnley U23 manager took over last September after Gary Johnson’s departure and has slowly stamped his mark on his side. Speaking to gloucestershirelive.co.uk after his first pre season in charge “this is my team now, there is no hiding, not that I was last year, saying they are not my players. But this is down to me now. We need to win games of football for us to do well in the league and for me to keep my job”. 

  • Duff’s Record as manager  – P46  W17  D12  L17  F72  A77

Tomorrow’s clash with Orient has added significance for both sides due to the passing of O’s head Coach Justin Edinburgh in the summer. With remembrance events planned pre match, Duff acknowledges it will be an emotional afternoon but focus will turn to football when the whistle blows. Speaking to Gloucestershirelive.co.uk we need to pay our respects and the supporters have made a fantastic gesture with the flag. We’ll go there, conduct ourselves respectfully before and after the game. The players will know and Orient will be the same, once the whistle blows it’s just a game of football”.

The Robins have struggled on the opening day and are without a win since 2014/2015 season. Duff acknowledges that travelling to the National League Champions will not be an easy task. Speaking to CTFC.co.uk it’s probably as difficult a game as what we could have had. They will be riding the crest of the wave but the added emotion and probably pressure because of what happened to Justin”.

Cheltenham Opening Day Results

Opening Day Results in last Seven Seasons

Ahead of the trip to Orient, Duff added three loan signings this week to bolster the ranks. Jake Doyle-Hayes was the last to arrive on loan from Aston Villa and the 19 year old is keen start the season strong. Speaking to CTFC.co.ukthe form last season was unbelievable towards end of season since Christmas. When I was at Cambridge, just watching the league Cheltenham had a really good end of season so hopefully we can keep momentum going”.

  • Cheltenham only lost two of their last eight league fixtures – W3  D3  L2
Chelteham Summer SIgnings

Cheltenham’s Summer Signings

With three of their opening four games away from home, the Robins will be looking for a positive start on Saturday. Although the want to look ahead at the fixtures, Duff is keen to only look at the test in front of his side. Speaking to CTFC.co.ukif you win enough games you’ll do alright in this league. There’s no point in looking at 45 or 46 games time where you’re going to finish; you’ve got to win the one in front of you. And then keep winning the one in front of you and you never know where it may take you”.

Cheltenham First Six Games

Cheltenham’s First Six Games

Team News

Strikers Reuben Reid (knee) George Lloyd (knee) are both out through injury while Chris Hussey is set to miss out. Josh Debayo should be involved after training all week. Duff could hand debuts to Max Sheaf, Charlie Raglan, Rohan Ince, Tahvon Campbell and Daniel Bowry.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 6, Draw 5, Cheltenham 10

Last Meeting – 25/02/2017 – Leyton Orient 0-1 Cheltenham 

Cheltenham H2H

The Previous Seven Meetings

  • Cheltenham have only lost one of the last five meetings – winning three
  • Cheltenham have won their last two trips to Breyer Group Stadium
  • Only three of the last nine meetings have seen both teams score

Prediction

Leyton Orient 1-1 Cheltenham Town

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“We Will 100% Go There and Look to Put in a Performance to Get a Result”

Braintree Town manager Danny Searle is not afraid of spoiling a potential Orient Promotion Party. The Iron travel to E10 knowing the O’s only need a point to confirm their return back to the Football League but Searle wants his side to continue their recent good form.

  • Sit 23rd on 40 points
  • Last won four games in a row April 2018

Despite relegation back to National League South, Searle’s men have won their last three games and the 41 year old stated to Braintree and Witham Times ” we will go there and look to put in a performance to get a result. If that is to the detriment of Leyton Orient winning the league then that is not our problem”.

  • League Record – P45  W11  D7  L27  F48  A78

The Iron made it four wins from their last five games with a 2-0 home victory over Dagenham & Redbridge on Easter Monday. Goals from Alfie Cerullli and Mohammed Sagaf sealed the win. Searle was pleased with his sides application and performance in the second half, stating to braintreetownfc.org we were poor in the first half but I told them at the interval to get playing the pressing game we have in recent weeks, work together as a unit and force them deep into their own half. They did just that”.

Braintree last 6 games

Braintree’s Last Six Results

After promotion through the playoffs last season, it has been a challenging season for the Iron. Searle took over after Hakan Hayrettin departure to Maidstone back in January and the former West Ham Coach faced a up hill task. Despite their relegation confirmed at the end of March, Searle’s side could finish 21st with victory on Saturday. Speaking to Braintree and Witham Timesmy first goal was for us not to finish bottom and we’ve ensured we won’t do that now. If we were to going to go down, we did not want to go down in bottom position and now we’ve taken care of that, we want to finish as high as we can”.

  • Kept nine league clean sheets (five away)
  • Back to back clean sheets, first time since May 2018
  • Three in last five games
  • Two in last four away games

Searle was brought in alongside as Hayrettin’s assistant earlier in the season and is calling on the fans support as they venture back into the sixth tier. The 41 year old is glad is side were able to sign off at Cressing Road with a win stating to Braintree and Witham Times it’s six games that we’ve won since we came in as a management team and the first time that the team has won three games in a row this season. Hopefully it is putting us in a position where everyone at the club can take pride from it” He added “it was lovely to see everyone there and hopefully plenty of them will be coming back next season”.

  • Failed to score in 16 league games
  • Scored in last eight games – netting 15 goals
  • Scored two or more goals in last three games and five of their last six games
  • Scored in las four away games and seven of their last eight away games

With a rebuilding process ahead of them in the summer, Searle is keen for the players to show him if they are up for the challenge to bounce back next season. The Iron are fighting for league position and Searle highlighted that all of his players must keep focused before their summer break. Speaking to Braintree and Witham Times if there is any players whose minds are on the beach and they think there is nothing to play for, then they won’t be playing for me. Winning is a habit and we want to take as much of a winning mentality into next season. It’s not something you can switch on and off. This is a test of character, who is up for the fight next season regardless of what we are fighting for”.

Braintree Last 6 seasons

Braintree’s Last Six Seasons

Braintree have already shown they can upset the top seven this season, taking four points from Salford and recently beating AFC Fylde. With Orient only needing a point to confirm promotion, Searle knows that his side will be up for the challenging of upsetting the O’s and finishing as high as they can. Speaking to Braintree and Witham Timesafter beating Dagenham we know that if we can get something against Leyton Orient then we could potentially overtake Havant and Aldershot. We have shown great integrity in every game so far and that will be the same at Orient on Saturday”

  • Away League Record – P22  W5  D4  L13  F23  A34
  • Only Aldershot (14) and Havant & Waterlooville (13) have taken less points away
  • Two wins in last four games
  • Only two wins in last nine
  • Lost five of their six away games against current top 7 – F8  A19

Last Meeting 

25/09/2018 – Braintree 1-5 Leyton Orient

Last Time Out – 22/04/2019 – Braintree 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Braintree vs Daggers

Starting 11 vs Dagenham

Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-1 Braintree

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“We Need to Get the Next Three Points, That’s All that Matters”

Leyton Orient assistant coach Ross Embleton is solely concentrating on the visit of Harrogate Town on Good Friday. The O’s sit two points clear at the top of the National League and face title rivals Solihull Moors on Easter Monday but Embleton only concern is Harrogate. Speaking to O’s Show we need to get the Harrogate game done first, we need to get the next three points, that’s all the matters. We aim to get nine points from nine, and we start with the first one”.

  • Sit 1st in National League on 84 points
  • Seven points from last nine
  • Only one defeat in last 13 games – W10  D2  L1
  • League Record – P43  W24  D12  L7  F71  A35

The O’s made it back to back wins last weekend with a 2-1 victory at Sutton United. Orient had to fight back after Jonah Ayunga strike put the U’s ahead, Dan Happe headed the equaliser before substitute James Dayton was sent off. MacAuley Bonne struck from the spot in the 89th minute to earn victory. Head coach Justin Ednburgh praised Bonne for the winner it what he described as a “bizarre game”. Speaking to leytonorient.com when we needed someone with nerves of steel, Maculey produced that. It is probably not our best performance at this stage of the season, it’s all about the result and we got three valuable points today”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient Last Six Results

It was the third game in succession, Orient fell behind but once again responded earning victory. The O’s struggled to create the opening period at Sutton with Bonne revealing his side got a rocketing at half time from Edinburgh and it paid off. Speaking to leytonorient.com we needed to step it up, we weren’t at the races in the first half. We needed a rifling at half time, every team does when they perform like that, it wasn’t good enough. It paid off what he said in there and seemed to work for us in second half”.

  • Scored 42/71 league goals in the second half (24/37 home)
  • Only Harrogate (48) have scored more in that period
  • Four of their last seven goals have been in second half
  • Netted 31/71 league goals (43%) after the 60th minute of games

The O’s have now taken 15 points from losing positions in league games after the win at Sutton. Striker Matt Harrold highlighted the whole squad is together and are only concerned about one objective. With injuries continuing to hit Orient hard, Harrold knows that the competition for places in the squad is ensuring everyone remains in form. Speaking to East London Advertiser everyone has had an impact from the bench because there has been no passengers this season. We have pushed each other every day in training and the result is late goals and it showed spirit”.

  • Failed to score in nine league games – 
  • Scored in last four games – netting eight goals
  • Scored in 12 of their last 13 games in all competitions
  • Scored in las five home games and seven of their last eight at Breyer Group Stadium
Top Three Table

Top Three in National League

With just three games to go, the job remains simple for Orient, win their last three games and they are promoted. The O’s hold a two point lead over Salford ahead of the Good Friday fixtures and goalkeeper Dean Brill is aware of what is at stake. Speaking to Nationalleague.orgit’s a mini league now and we know what we have got to do. There’s a massive desire here to get the job done. We’ve been top for so long this season and now we’re desperate to get over the line”.

Top Three Final Three Games

Top Three Last Three Games

 

Brill has played every minute since Justin Edinburgh’s arrival at the Orient back in November 2017. The 33 year old is embracing his sides position at the top of the league and highlights that these are the moments you are in football for. Speaking to Nationalleague.org it’s a good place to be in, you’ve got to try and enjoy it, this is the fun bit. It’s not nerves, it’s excitement. As you get older you tend to be a bit more measured about this type of situation, It’s a really big and exciting Easter weekend”.

  • Best defensive record in National League – conceded just 35 goals
  • Kept 17 league clean sheets – (11 at home)
  • No clean sheet in last four – conceded seven goals
  • Kept two clean sheets in last seven games
  • Kept five clean sheets in last eight home games

Harrogate arrive in E10 still needing four points to guarantee their play off place. Orient beat Town back in September when the sides were in the top two. Embleton revealed he is surprised at Harrogate’s position in the table and knows that they will be a test for Orient. Speaking to O’s Show they have still got bundles to play for. They will come and make it difficult for us, everyone seems to want to stop us winning the league. They will be an incredible atmosphere and we know it’s going to be a massive game”.

  • Home League Record – P21  W13  D5  L3  F37  A15
  • Only Wrexham (48), Salford (47) and Fylde (46) have taken more points at home
  • Unbeaten in last five games – W4  D1
  • Only lost one of their last eight home games – W6   D1  L1
  • Won four of their five home games against the current top seven

Team News

Captain Jobi McAnuff and Jamie Turley should  be back available after missing the past few weeks with injury. Myles Judd remains out while James Dayton is starting his rehab for his broken ankle. Matt Harrold is pushing for a start after another impressive substitute appearance at Sutton last week.

Head to Head

Last Meeting – 22/09/2019 – Harrogate 0-3 Leyton Orient

Last Time Out – 13/04/2019 – Sutton United 1-2 Leyton Orient

Orient at Sutton

Starting 11 vs Sutton 

Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-2 Harrogate

 

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“We’ll Go at These Games All Guns Blazing”

Harrogate Town goalkeeper James Belshaw wants a strong finish to their season to ensure their play offs spot. Town need four points from their last three games to guarantee their top seven spot. Belshaw’s side travel to league leaders Leyton Orient on Good Friday and hope to take a big step to the playoffs. Speaking to Harrogate Advertiser it’s not a given that we will finish in the playoff places. We’ll go at these games all guns blazing”.

  • Sit 6th on 71 points – five point gap to 8th position
  • Only won one of their last six games – W1  D2  L3
  • Not lost back to back games since December
  • League Record – P43  W20  D11  L12  F75  A53

Town travel to the Captial looking to bounce back from last weekend’s1-0 home defeat to Boreham Wood. Tom Champion’s ninth minute header was the only difference between the sides. Manager Simon Weaver was left disappointed by his sides performance, stating to Harrogatetownafc.com I don’t think we did enough today. They performed to their game plan with strong physical athletes. We didn’t make the overload work down the sides against a three man defence. Those were the areas we need to exploit and we didn’t show enough capability today”.

Harrogate Last 6 Results

Harrogate’s Last Six results

 

Harrogate are somewhat a surprise package in the top seven after their promotion last season from National League North. The Yorkshire side have been in contention for the majority of the season and Belshaw wants his side to end the season with some form. Despite their disappointing performance last week, the 28 year old is upbeat for the last couple of games. Speaking to Harrogate Advertiser we don’t just want to  finish in the top seven by default, we want to be there on merit by getting some results from our last three games. We need that momentum as well. Just making the play offs isn’t enough. We want to go on from there and get promoted”.

Play off battle Harrogate home

Play off Battle

Play off Battle - Harrogate

Remaining Games for Play off Contenders

Town drew a blank for only the seventh time this season against Boreham Wood and Weaver felt his side didn’t react from falling behind. Weaver’s side have the best attack in the National League but failed to create an opening to draw level. Speaking to harrogatetownafc.com they earned the right to be in a lead, I don’t think we responded well enough on the ball. We were blunt today and didn’t hold the ball up today when we had to”.

  • Top Scorers in National League with 75 goals
  • Scored in two of their last four games
  • Failed to score in three of their last six games
  • Scored two or more goals in 23/43 league games 
  • Scored in nine of their last ten away games – three of last seven

With three games over eight days to end the season, Weaver was looking to reflect with his side and bounce back at Orient on Friday. The O’s beat Harrogate in the reverse fixture back in September and the 41 year old feels there is no better place to get back to winning ways. Speaking to harrogatetownafc.com 100% we will dust ourselves down, it is disappointing to lose any game. Today it wasn’t to be, we have to reflect on all the good days and we have to squeeze every last drop out of what we have got in there. We go again next week, great surroundings at Leyton Orient”.

  • Kept 11 league clean sheets (six away)
  • Without a clean sheet in last six games – Conceded eight goals
  • Three clean sheets in last nine games 
  • No clean sheet in last three away games 
  • Kept two in last five away games – two in last 14 away games
  • Conceded two or more in 19/43 league games

Despite just one win in their last five games, Belshaw highlighted the mood is upbeat in the dressing room and they are all excited of their visit to the O’s. The 28 year old has played in every league game this season and stated to Harrogate Advertiserthis is the sort of game you want to be involved in, going to a place like Leyton Orient with their stadium and set up. If you’re not excited as a player at the prospect of a fixture like this then you’re in the wrong business”.

  • Scored 48/75 league goals in second half – most in National League
  • Scored 20 league goals between 46-60 minutes – most in league
  • Five of their last seven goals have been in second half

Town have only won two of their ten games against the current top seven but will hoping that changes on Friday. Belshaw hints his side relish the underdog tag and feels his side could upset the league leaders. Speaking to Harrogate Advertiser they need the three points so we know they will attack us but we need the points just as badly. It should make for a really good game. The bookies make Orient favourites but we don’t mind being underdogs. Either way, we are still going there with a game and to try and win the game”.

  • Away League Record – P21  W10  D5  L6  F36  A26
  • Only Orient (40) and Solihull (38) have taken more points away
  • Unbeaten in last two away 
  • Only lost one of their last seven away games – W5  D1  L1
  • Taken just four points from possible 18 in away games against top nine teams

Team News

Lloyd Kerry and Jack Emett look set to return after missing last weekend’s defeat to Boreham Wood. Center back pairing Callum Howe and Kelvin Langmead will be looking to add to their 12 goals between them. Jack Muldoon should lead the line in attack.

Head to Head

Last Meeting – 22/09/2018 – Harrogate 0-3 Leyton Orient

Last Time Out – 13/04/2019 Harrogate 0-1 Boreham Wood

Harrogate vs Boreham WOod

Starting 11 vs Boreham Wood

Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-2 Harrogate

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“We Have All Got a Smile On Our Face”

Sutton United assistant coach Micky Stephens is relishing his side battle for the play offs. The U’s sit three points from the play offs and host league leaders Leyton Orient tomorrow but will be looking to upset them. Sutton became the first team to beat orient this season back in September and Stephens is “looking forward to the test” (SUFCTV)

  • Sit 9th on 64 points – three points off playoffs
  • Two wins in last four games – W2  D1  L1
  • Only two wins in last 11 games – W2  D3  L6
  • League Record – P42  W17  D13  L12  F52  A52

The U’s head into the clash on the back of a stoppage time win at Boreham Wood last weekend. Midfielder Harry Beautymen stroked them ahead before Ricky Shakes levelled the scores. But Craig Eastmond headed home in added time to keep their play off fight going. Assistant coach Micky Stephens stated to SUFCTV we have all got a smile on our face today. It’s always good to win with a last minute winner and I thought if anyone deserved it might have been us”.

Sutton last 6 games

Sutton’s Last Six Results

  • Failed to score in 11 league games (six at home)
  • Scored in last two games
  • Netted in three of their last four games – scoring eight goals
  • Scored 30/52 league goals in second half
  • Six of their last eight goals have been scored in second period

Sutton got off to a great start against the Wood with Harry Beautymen’s early strike and Stephens praised his sides fast start but admits his side ground out victory in the end. Speaking to SUFCTV I thought we played well in the opening 20-25 minutes, we were solid. There wasn’t as many clear cut chances as we would have liked.”. Ricky Shakes levelled just before the half hour mark with Stephens far from impressed in how his side ended the half but grabbed the important winner, “ it looked like it was going to end in a stalemate but we ended up taking the points”. 

  • Kept 13 league clean sheets (seven at home)
  • No Clean sheet in last nine games
  • One clean sheet in last 11 games
  • No clean sheet in last four home games – Two in last nine home games
  • Conceded 32/52 league goals in second half

It has been a testing period for Sutton after Paul Doswell’s decision to take a break from football until August. However after their victory Micky Stephens feels his side are back in the mix and anything can happen in the final few fixtures. Speaking to SUFCTV we said in their, it’s never over. There’s four to go, we’ve had a difficult two or three weeks for a number of reasons but we have got that smile back on our face today. It was needed and the players deserved a little bit aswell. We haven’t played particularly well, we hold our hands up, but we were solid today”.

  • Home League Record – P21  W9  D8  L4  F27  A24
  • Unbeaten in their last two games – W1  D1
  • Only won one of their last six – W1  D3  L2
  • Won six of their eight home games against current top 10

Sutton are definitely an outside to reach the end of season shoot out with their run in but with several of their rivals playing each other, they should be twists and turns. After finishing 3rd last season, Stephens is hoping for the lottery of the play offs. Speaking to SUFCTV we’ve got two easy games coming up, Orient and Wrexham. With a make shift back four and just about fielding five subs. We look forward though”.

Play Off battle - Sutton fixtures

Team News

Captain Jamie Collins is out for the season while Aswad Thomas remain suspended. Jon Barden looks set to continue in defence with Tom Bolarinwa with the U’s struggling for fit defenders. Harry Beautymen should continue in midfield and face his former club.

Head to Head – Sutton United 2, Draw 0, Leyton Orient 1

Sutton United H2H

The Previous  Three Meetings Between Sides

Last Time Out – 06/04/2019 – Boreham Wood 1-2 Sutton United

Sutton vs Boreham Wood

Starting 11 vs Boreham Wood

Prediction – Sutton United 1-2 Leyton Orient

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“We Know What It Will Require to go and Get a Result”

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is raring to go in the Championship race. The O’s sit two points above Salford ahead of the final four games of the season. Orient travel to Sutton United tomorrow, the first side to beat them this season and Edinburgh highlights what will be needed. Speaking to leytonorient.com there’s no easy games, they got a good result at the weekend, we know what it will require to go and get a result. It’s what we will be trying to do”.

  • Sit 1st on 81 points – two point lead over cushion
  • One win in last four games – W1  D2  L1
  • One defeat in last 12 games all competitions – W9  D2  L1
  • League Record – P42  W23  D12  L7  F69  A34

The O’s regained top spot on Tuesday night with a come from behind victory against Eastleigh. Paul McCallum twice put the Spitfires ahead with Josh Koroma briefly levelling for Orient. However second half strikes from Macauley Bonne and James Brophy moved them back top. Edinburgh stated to leytonorient.com again, thoroughly deserved, thought barring the two disappointing goals, I thought we were excellent. It was a good three points and we go back top”.

Orient last 5 results

Orient’s Last Six Results

Midfielder James Brophy grabbed the decisive winner and highlighted the character the side showed. After earning a point with a stoppage time equaliser on Saturday, two goals in four points ensured Orient left with the point. Speaking to leytonorient.com we had to dig deep again tonight. Falling behind, two goals that were avoidable again. But I felt we done enough to come back and win the game”.

  • Failed to score in nine league games (four away)
  • Scored in last three games – netting six goals
  • Scored in 11 of their last 12 games
  • Scored in seven of their last eight away games
  • Scored 40/69 league goals in second half (three of their last five)

A worry for Justin Edinburgh and his side is their defence instability in recent games, having to come from behind to earn the points. The O’s have now conceded two goals in each of their last three games and the 49 year old is keen to keep the door shut from now on. Speaking to leytonorient.com the clean sheets had been coming frequently and regularly but over the last three to four games, they have lost knowledge of how to defend our own box. I guess that comes with the magnitude of games and what it means. But we need to get back to basics on that front”.

  • Kept 17 league clean sheets – (six away)
  • No clean sheet in last three
  • Two clean sheets in last six games
  • One clean sheet in last nine away games in all competitions
  • Best Defensive Record in Division – conceded just 34 goals

After eight wins from nine, Orient’s win on Tuesday was their first in four matches but Edinburgh was certain his side would bounce back after a recent dip in results. Speaking to leytonorient.com I said in my notes, I back these players. I had no doubts when they are called upon, they delivered”. Edinburgh also praised the influence of Brophy and Josh Koroma, “they were a real menace again, continuing from Saturday. Josh is getting back to where he was before is injury and Brophy is up there too”.

  • Away League Record – P21  W10  D7  L4  F32  A19
  • Only Solihull (38) have taken more points away than Orient
  • Winless in last two – D1  L1
  • Only lost one of their last eight in all competitions – W5  D2  L1

With one of the tightest promotion battles in recent history, the O’s victory gives them a two point cushion after playing their final game in hand. Heading into the final fortnight of the season, Brophy highlighted the importance of his side returning to the top of the table. Speaking to leytonorient.com this was our last game in hand, we wanted to stay in control of our own destiny which is what we have done. Four Games to go”.

Top 5 pre sutton

Tight at the Top

It looks set to be a fight between three for top spot as just three points separates Orient, Salford and Solihull Moors. All will be keeping an eye on their rivals to see whether they can take advantage but Edinburgh continued his stance of his side. Speaking to East London Advertiser we can’t affect that and they can’t affect it. There are four games where we can affect the result. What I’ll always say to the players in these next four games, it’s about controlling the performances and that’s all we can do”.

Final Four Games

Remaining Fixtures for Top Three

 

Team News

Alex Lawless will be assessed after being substituted in their win on Tuesday night. Sam Ling is set to continue at right wing back while Jamie Turley and Jobi McAnuff could return to the side after injury.

Edinburgh to East London Advertiser if we go into it like we expect, we should then hopefully have a fully fit squad to pick from”.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 1, Draw 0, Sutton United 2

Sutton United H2H

The Previous Three Meetings Between Sides

  • Sutton were the first side to beat Orient this season back in September

Last Time Out – 09/04/2019 – Leyton Orient 3-2 Eastleigh

Orient home to Eastleigh

Starting 11 vs Eastleigh

Prediction – Sutton United 1-2 Leyton Orient

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