“Stick With Us”

Leyton Orient defender Jake Caprice has urged the O’s faithful to back the team ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Wrexham. Orient are winless in the league since 2nd September but Caprice urged to leytonorient.com for the fans to “stick with us, it will come good, I believe in this team, we have got more than enough quality to turn this around”.

  • Sit 19th on 18 points – four points above the relegation zone
  • League Record – P17  W5  D3  L9  F21  A29
  • Form in last eight – D2  L6   F7  A16
  • No team picked up less points in that period in league

The O’s continued their terrible run of form with a 2-0 home defeat to Gateshead on Tuesday night. Jordan Burrow netted twice to inflict Orient’s seventh defeat in their last nine league games. 


September Form till Oct 22

Table from Start of September 

  • One win in their last 11 games – 1-0 vs Dagenham
  • No win in their last nine league games – D2  L9
  • Last time Orient went ten league games without a win – August and September 2011 back in league One


Taking just two points from the last 27 available, Head Coach Steve Davis insisted to the East London AdvertiserI fully understand the frustrations of tonight and what has happened at the football club, I am the right person to turn this around along with Martin and the rest of the players as well”.

  • Kept just three clean sheets in League and five in all competitions
  • Kept two in their last four games (both vs Dagenham in cup)
  • No clean sheet in league since 28th August – Maidenhead – a run of ten games

Orient conceded within the first ten minutes on Tuesday but Davis was very disappointed with how his side reacted after they fell two goals behind in the second half. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we have got to show a reaction from that, I looked at the body language of the players afterwards, they were beaten. We can’t let that happen, we have to roll up our sleeves and fight to put the wrongs right”.

  • Conceded 18/29 (10/16 away) of their league goals in the first half – included four of the last five goals conceded – the most in National League
  • Conceded 1/3 of those goals between 1-15 minutes – the most in the National League
  • Conceded eight goals between 31-45 minutes – (Only Guiseley 10 have conceded more)

Striker David Mooney is in his second spell at Orient and revealed that he had a second meeting with the players about their recent form. Speaking to the East London Advertisersometimes home truths are the best truths and now it is time for everyone to go home and look in the mirror and tell themselves it hasn’t been good enough and ask how we change it”.

  • Failed to score in five league games (two away)
  • Failed to score in three of their last four games
  • Scored just one goal in their last 423 minutes of football
  • Last time Orient failed to score in three consecutive games – October 2016 
  • Last time Orient failed to score in three consecutive league games – October and November 2012

Both Davis and Caprice alluded to the clear the air chat that Orient staff and players had on Wednesday. The 24 year old stated to leytonorient.com the management team were brilliant with us on Wednesday, they too what we said on board and vice versa. We came in and did a lot of stuff that we talked about that we need to do more of, gearing up for Saturday”.

  • Orient have conceded first in ten games – all in the first half
  • In six of those games, the goal has been conceded between 1-15 minutes – the most in the National League

Ahead of the trip to Wales tomorrow, it will be the first of three away games in a row for Orient with Davis highlighting that his side may be going as second favourites. Speaking to leytonorient.com “maybe we are going in a the underdog, however it is all about putting in a good performances. We have to do what we have to do to try and get three points however it comes”.

  • Away Record – P8  W2  D2  L4  F9  A16
  • No win in their last five away games in all competitions – D3  L2
  • Conceded two or more in their last four away league games
  • Last away win – 1-0 vs Maidenhead, 28/08/17
  • Scored in six of their last eight away games

Caprice beat Wrexham last season with Woking and feels that being away could be a good thing for his side, “they are doing quite well this year, I expect a tough test, no game is easy. The pressure maybe slightly off as we are away from home, hopefully they don’t just sit in, they have to come onto us and hopefully we can pick up some points”.

  • No team in League has trailed for minutes than Orient (682)
  • Since September 9th, Orient have only led for 49 minutes in three games
  • No held a lead for longer than 27 minutes in last nine games

Davis acknowledged that consistency has played a part for Wrexham’s early season form, “they are going well, they have a wealth of experience in their ranks. They have had a fairly regular settled team, it has helped them and given them some consistency over the early months of the season”.

  • Only Solihull Moors (32) have conceded more goals than Orient
  • Have conceded two or more goals in eight of their last nine league games

Wrexham head into tomorrow’s clash after a 2-0 away defeat to AFC Fylde on Tuesday night. Goals from Johnny Smith and Jack Muldoon ended their 11 match unbeaten run in the league.

  • Sit 3rd on 29 points – just three behind league leaders
  • League Record – P17  W8  D5  L4  F14  A10
  • Form in last eight league games – W3  D4  L1  F6  A5

In a week which saw manager Dean Keates celebrate one year in charge at the Racecourse Ground, the former midfielder was disappointed with his side performance on Tuesday. Speaking to wrexhamafc.co.uk that is by far the worse performance of the season, all I can do is apologise to the fans. It was an unbelievable following and they didn’t deserve that, we were no where near good enough”.

  • Seven of their eight wins have been by just one goal – including three of their four home wins

Wrexham have only lost two of their last 13 games in all competitions, both to AFC Fylde which angered Keates, “we were disappointed with the performance we put in ten day ago but tonight was worse, there will be a reaction come Saturday”He added “I learn all the time, we learnt from the weekend and we will learn tomorrow”.

  • Have the best defensive record in league
  • Only Tranmere Rovers (13) have scored less than Wrexham
  • Only conceded five goals in their last eight league games

Keates revealed that words were exchanged in the changing room between staff and players, “you can look at the reason why, we had a good chat in there and got a few thins of our chest, it was not good enough. Going 11 unbeaten in the league, we got a good result at the weekend, we came here and set standards and we were no where near them”.

  • Home record – P8  W4  D3  L1  F8  A4
  • No team in league scored less at home, no team conceded less than them
  • Unbeaten in their last seven home games – W4  D3
  • Last time went eight unbeaten at home – January – April 2015
  • Drew three of their last four home games
  • Last defeat – 0-1 vs Macclesfield, 05/08/17

Wrexham have responded to their previous three defeats with wins and goalkeeper Chris Dunn thinks that Tuesday’s result was a one off. Speaking to dailypost.co.uklooking at the season as a whole to now, it is a one off, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we dust ourselves down and get on with it Saturday”.

  • Kept a league high of nine clean sheets 
  • Kept two in their last five games
  • Have conceded in their last three home games
  • Last home clean sheet 12/09/17 vs Hartlepool, 0-0

Tuesday’s defeat was only Dunn’s second game back after injury and knows lessons have been learnt, “it was a bad day at the office all round, we have got to learn from it and learn from it quickly because we have got a big game coming up Saturday”.

  • Failed to score in six league games (two at home)
  • Failed to score in three of their last five games in competitions
  • Scored in their last three home games and six of their last seven at Racecourse
  • Last failed to score 12/09/17 vs Hartlepool

The Dragons took 662 fans to Fylde in midweek and Dunn is keen to repay them with a performance tomorrow afternoon, “we will work hard in training to got Saturday and give the fans something to shout about. We are a close knit team and Tuesday was a one off, we don’t let it affect us now and put those wrongs right on Saturday”.

  • Eight of their ten goals conceded have been in the first half (three of four at home)
  • Both goals conceded in second half have been in last 15 minutes of matches
  • Ten of their 14 league goals scored been in the second half – including eight in the last 30 minutes
  • Five of their eight home goals have been scored in the last 30 minutes of matches

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without the suspended Jobi McAnuff after he picked up his fifth booking of the season on Tuesday. Joe Widdowson is rated 50/50 after coming off at half time on Tuesday with a hamstring injury. Matt Harrold and Jamie Sendles-White look set to return to the squad after groin injuries and illness respectively. Alex Lawless, Charlie Lee, George Elokobi and Josh Coulson remain absent.

Wrexham will be boosted with the return of captain Shaun Pearson who missed the trip to Fylde through suspension. Kevin Roberts is doubtful after coming off through injury on Tuesday.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 11, Draw 10, Wrexham 11

Last Meeting – 21/01/2006 – Wrexham 1-2 Leyton Orient


Orient vs Wrexham head to head

The Last seven meetings between the sides

  • Orient have only won one of the last eight meetings – Draw 4, Lost 3
  • Three of the last five meetings have been draws
  • Orient are unbeaten on their last two trips to Racecourse Ground
  • Six of Wrexham’s 11 wins have been at home

Prediction – Wrexham 2-1 Leyton Orient


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“We Wait For a Reaction”

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis has asked for a reaction from his players as they host Gateshead tomorrow night. The former Crewe boss stated to leytonorient.com we wait for a reaction, home truths are always hurtful, in the end we want a reaction”.

  • Sit 18th on 18 points
  • League Record – P16  W5  D3  L8  F21  A27
  • Form in last eight league games – D2  L6  F7  A16
  • Only Solihull Moors (1) have taken less points in that period

The O’s fell to their sixth defeat in their last eight league matches on Saturday with a 1-0 home loss to Macclesfield Town. Despite what appeared to be a morale boosting win against Dagenham & Redbridge in midweek, Davis’s men succumbed to a Scott Wilson header on the stroke of half time.

  • Home League Record – P8  W3  D1  L4  F12  A11
  • Won one of their last five home games in all competitions
  • Lost their last four home league games
  • Won one of their last six home league games – W1  D1  L4
  • Only Soilhull Moors (14) have conceded more at home than Orient

Without a league win since 2nd September, Davis’s side have been underachieving this season with the 52 year old feeling that only a handful of players are playing to their ability. Speaking to leytonorient.com I thought we should have got something from game, we didn’t show fight which they did. There are definitely large portions of those players underperforming”

  • Orient sat 2nd on September 2nd, taking 16 points from 8 games
  • Since then Orient have taken 2 points from their last 8 games
  • If the season began at the start of September – Orient would sit 23rd


September Form till Oct 22

Table from 1st September


Davis praised three of his back five in their performances “Happe, Joe and Juddy did okay, I couldn’t really say a lot about anybody else who actually performed to the level they should do. We were carrying seven or eight players today and we can’t win games like that”.

  • Kept three clean sheets in National League (five in all competitions)
  • Kept two in their last three games (both vs Dagenham in FA Cup)

Defender James Brophy impressed after coming off the bench but was unable to force an equaliser. The on loan Swindon man, highlighted to leytonorient.com what needs to improve, “we need to be better, we need to take more pride in keeping a clean sheet, if we are not clinical with our chances then the least we take away with us is a draw”.

  • Not kept a clean sheet in the league since Maidenhead 28/08/17 – nine games
  • Only kept two clean sheets in their nine home matches this season

After promising performances against Dagenham & Redbridge, Davis continued with the 3-5-2 system which saw them keep back to back clean sheets. However speaking to East London Advertiser he stated “the system worked really well and it was all good. The player adapted well but against Macclesfield they didn’t and basically they are inconsistent”. He continued “National League players are inconsistent and our lot are no different”.

  • Orient have conceded two more goals in seven of their last eight league games
  • Only Guiseley (28), Torquay (29) an Solihull Moors (31) have conceded more goals in the league
  • Only Solihull Moors (624) have trailed for minutes this season than Orient (601)

Davis was keen to show the players what he thought of their performances and knows that despite stats being in his sides favour; they don’t win games. Orient have only won one of their nine games they have conceded first in this season, an problem which Davis has identified. Speaking to leytonorient.com “whenever we have gone a goal behind, we rarely show desire, fight and determination to come back. Occasionally we have done it by not enough and not enough for a team of mine”.

  • Orient record this season when conceding first  – W1  D2  L6
  • Only win was 4-1 vs Guiseley, 02/09/17

With a game just around the corner for his side, Davis highlighted that it is “always the beauty with football. There is plenty of life and endeavour in me, I’ll be looking at the performance again and the team. We need people out there who are going to fight, scrap and bite their way to winning games. At times we don’t have enough of that”BBC London. 

  • Have failed to score in five games in all competitions
  • Failed to score in two of their last three games
  • 12/21 league goals have been scored in the second half – two of their last three league goals
  • 66% of their home league goals have been scored in the second half

Davis has called for his side to raise their performances against Gateshead tomorrow, “I am looking for 50 % more from all of them, I think they know they let me down, themselves down and the fans down” East London Advertiser. He added “we need competition and we need people to realise we want to win football matches and get this club back to where it should be”

  • Conceded 17/27 of League goals in first half – most in National League
  • Conceded five in the opening 15 minutes of matches
  • Only Guiseley (10) have conceded more league goals between 31-45 than Orient (8) 

Gateshead arrive in E10 on the back of a 3-2 away defeat to Eastleigh on Saturday. The Tynesiders fell 2-0 behind but battled back to 2-2 with goals from Jordan Preston and Theo Vassell. However, Steve Watson’s men conceded a third in the dying minutes from Ben Strevens inflicting their ninth league defeat of the season. 

  • Sit 17th on 18 points
  • League Record – P16  W4  D6  L9  F19  A18
  • Form in last eight league games – W1  D4  L3  F10  A12
  • Have one win in their last seven games all competitions (2-1 vs Buxton, FA Cup, 14/10/17)

After enjoying a promising campaign last season, there has been plenty of change at Gateshead so far this season. Steve Watson is the club’s second manager of the season after Neil Aspin left to manage Port Vale in early October. Watson who was assistant manager at Macclesfield for three years took the job on the 10th October. 

  • Last league win – 3-2 vs Chester, 12/09/17
  • Took 11 points in first seven games, taken only seven points in last nine games

Following his sides last gasp defeat on Saturday, Watson stated to gatesheadfc.co.uk “we are bitterly disappointed . We have worked all week going back to back four, it does take a bit of time. You get back to 2-2 and you think about taking the point but they looked dead on their feet and on the back foot and we needed the win. But we were caught by a naïve goal”.

  • Away Record  – P8  W0  D4  L4  F7  A12
  • Are one of four National League teams without a away league win this season
  • Only away victory of season was 2-1 vs Buxton in FA Cup
  • Have only won one of their last 13 away games – W1  D6  L6
  • Last away league win – 0-4 vs Borehamwood, 22/04/17

Watson highlighted that his side found it hard to cope with Eastleigh’s direct style and the conditions on Saturday, “it was always going to be tough against a team who are so direct and physical”. The 43 year old feels that once his side pick up some form, his side will improve “when we have a few wins under our belt we will be a lot calmer on the ball. When you haven’t won in the league for a long time it is natural”.

  • Failed to score in five games (three away)
  • Only failed to score in one of their last six games
  • Scored in five of their last six away games

Defender Theo Vassell thought he snatched a point for his side but admitted that despite battling back his side left Eastleigh with no points. Speaking to gatesheadfc.co.uk “it’s an extremely disappointing result for everyone. There are positives that we fought back to 2-2 so late on but obviously the big, all important negative is the fact that we lost right at then end”.

  • 12/18 league goals have been conceded in the second half
  • Only Solihull and Torquay (11) have conceded more goals in the last 15 minutes of matches than Gateshead (8)
  • Gateshead have dropped seven points in that period – losing three games

Tomorrow’s clash with Orient, will be Watson’s third in charge of Gateshead and he is worried about a trend in his opening two games, “it was too easy for us to be undone by a bit of long ball. The one ball was causing us too many problems and it did against Buxton in the cup. The big long ball caused us problems along with the conditions”.

  • Have only led for 13 minutes away from home in the National League
  • Five of their six losses been by just one goal
  • Conceded two or more in three of their last six away games
  • 77% of their league points have come when scoring the first goal

Despite the loss, Watson is keen to take positives from the game and is keen for his side to take collective responsibility “we need to get a clean sheet under out belts, it gives everyone confidence. Defenders seemed to get blamed for goals that go in. It is about collective responsibility, the midfield making it hard for them to get out at the back and pressing them at the back”.

  • Kept two clean sheets this season (two away)
  • Only kept one in their last 10 games in all competitions (0-0 vs Fylde, 03/10/17)
  • Kept one in last six away games

Team News

Orient are hopeful that striker Matt Harrold has overcome a calf injury to be included in the matchday squad. Alex Lawless and Jobi McAnuff remain doubts with groin injuries while on loan James Brophy will be pushing for a start after impressing from the bench on Saturday. Charlie Lee, George Elokobi and Josh Coulson remain absent through injury.

Gateshead are hopeful James Montgomery has overcome injury and has travelled with the squad tomorrow, while Jamal Fyfield remains sidelined.

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Gateshead



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“We Know We Need Points in the League”

Leyton Orient midfielder Craig Clay insists his side need to take the positives from their recent results as they host Macclesfield Town tomorrow afternoon. Speaking to leytonorient.com we know we need points in the league, we know we have been close but we are three games unbeaten and hopefully we can take it into Saturday”

The O’s picked up their first win in nine games with a 1-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in Tuesday FA Cup fourth round qualifying replay. MacAuley Bonne struck Orient’s winner seeing Orient pick up their first victory since September 2nd. 

  • Home record – P7  W3  D1  L3  F12  A10  (League)
  • One win in their last four games – 1-0 vs Dagenham, lost the other three
  • No home league win since 02/09/17 – 4-1 vs Guiseley
  • Only Sutton and Fylde (12)  have conceded more goals at home

Head coach Steve Davis was delighted that his side finally picked up a much needed win, speaking to leytonorient.com I enjoyed it, it was a bit hairy at the end with a few longer balls into the box and we had to defend a lot of crosses, we stood up to it with a very young back five. It was a great effort to keep it to nil, two clean sheets and we are delighted with it” 

  • Kept just two clean sheets in their 15 league games 
  • Kept back to back clean sheets for the first time since April/ May 2016
  • Have not kept a clean sheet in the league since 28/08/17 vs Maidenhead – nine games
  • Tuesday’s clean sheet was their first since 12/08/17 vs Maidstone

Back to back clean sheets has coincided with Orient’s change of shape to a 3-5-2 system and Davies praised his sides ability to adapt. Speaking to east London advertiser you’ve always really got to build the base from not conceding because I always feel we’ll create chances. They seem to have adapted very well to the change of system and have got different players to play in all positions”.

  • Unbeaten when starting with a back three – D2  L1
  • Only conceded two goals in three games with back three

Bonne netted his first goal in nine games on Tuesday and admitted to Leytonorient.com “I’m buzzing, it has been a few games since I scored but the feeling is back now”. Bonne has struggled in front of goal but was confident of his sides chances before the game “the confidence was very high and we carried a lot from how we were against Dagenham. I knew personally we would come away with a win”.

  • Orient have failed to score in four of their 17 games this season
  • Scored in their last five league games
  • Only failed to score in one of their last seven games in all competitions 

Since the change to the 3-5-2 system, Bonne and David Mooney’s have been linking up really well with the former Colchester man enjoying the partnership. Speaking to east London advertiser “it makes us stay closer together and helps us both out a lot. When we are close the partnership can start and we can link up. The longer the partnership remains and gets stronger, the more goals we’ll score together”.

  • 16/26 league goals conceded have been in the first half – most in National League
  • Conceded five in the opening 15 minutes of games – most in league 
  • Conceded seven between 31-45 minutes – only Guiseley (9) have conceded more

Bonne has started every game this season and highlighted that the win should help to build their season. “When the final whistle went there was a big sigh of relief because we won again. We now have to move to Saturday where we’ll try and get another victory and put in another good performance”. He added “it can kick start the season, you saw the reaction from the players after and how much we want it”.

  • 12/21 league goals scored have been in the second half 
  • 50% have been in the final 15 minutes of matches
  • 1/3 of Orient’s home league goals have been in this period

Tomorrow’s clash will continue Orient heavy run of fixtures with Clay keen for his side to continue with where they left on Tuesday, “getting that win gave us that feel good factor. We have three big games coming up, Macclesfield, Gateshead and Wrexham. Three games to showcase what we can do”


Orient next 3 fixs Maccles

Leyton Orient next three fixtures


Davies remembered playing Macclesfield back when they were a league side, “they were always hard to beat, a lot of players came in this season. They have a good group with experienced players especially at the back. They have had a good start, crept up the table and have found themselves as the team up the top”. Despite their position Davies is “looking forward to the game, it is nice to go in on the back of a few good results”.

Clay is aware of Macclesfield threat but is hoping that his side can build on their win on Tuesday night. Speaking to Leytonorient.com they are top of the league at the moment, we know it is going to be tough. I am sure Nick Gearing will have a lot of footage so we know what to expect”.

Macclesfield arrive in E10 top of the National League and full of confidence. The Silkmen progressed to the first round of the FA Cup last weekend with a 5-0 away win at Stourbridge. Goals from Danny Whitehead, Tyrone Marsh, Scott Burgess, Koby Arthur and Elliott Durrell ensured Macclesfield continued their winning run.

  • 1st in League on 29 points – one point lead
  • League Record – P15  W9  D2  L4  F17  A15
  • Form in last six – W5  L1

Manager John Askey praised his sides start at Stourbridge which provided them with a solid platform. Speaking to silkmentvIt started with Danny Whitehead, who with the early goal really gave everyone confidence. Getting early goals is something we have been working really hard and every player has been working hard to it in games” He added “it really came to fruition and that’s really pleasing because it keeps the run going”.

  • 9/17 league goals scored have been in the half –
  • Five have been in the first 15 minutes of games – joint most in League
  • Three of their last five games – they have scored before the 17th minute
  • Scored in their last 11 games in all competitions
  • Last failed to score – 19/08/17 – Gateshead 3-0 Macclesfield

Askey manager to rest four players last weekend and highlighted that their replacements did no harm, “it can be difficult to come into a winning team because you know we have been winning and puts more pressure on them to keep it going but they responded well. It is competition for places we want”.

  • Seven of their nine wins this season have been by just one goal
  • Four of their five wins away have been by just one goal
  • Five of their nine wins have ended 1-0

Defender Keith Lowe has started every game in the league this season after his move from Kidderminster in the summer. The 32 year old has settled in well at Moss Rose and praised the how club, “the lads are working really hard, plugging away and getting our rewards from it”. Continuing with his interview with silkmentv he stated “it is all down to the staff and the leads, we need to keep riding the wave and pushing other teams as far as we can and see where we end up”.  

  • Kept eight clean sheets in the league – joint most with Wrexham
  • Have kept to back to back clean sheets and kept four in their last five games
  • Kept three in their last four away games – only goal conceded, 03/10/17 1-2 vs Guiseley
  • Not kept three clean sheets in a row since September/ October 2015

Macclesfield are on their best winning run since they won five games in a row in January 2015 and Scott Burgess acknowledges that his side have to keep doing the right things. Speaking to Silkmentv we are on a good run at the moment, we have to keep doing what we are doing, we have been playing well and scoring more goals. We need to keep the confidence and we have a really good chance to see where this season takes us”.

  • Last lost 16/09/17 – 4-1 at home to Maidstone
  • Won seven of their last eight games
  • Macclesfield last won six games in a row – January and February 2005

Midfielder Elliott Durrell also made the move to the Silkmen in the summer and highlights what a good atmosphere there is around the club. Speaking to silkmentvthere is a buzz around the place, long may it continue, we know nothing is won or lost in the early matches, it is good to be in the position we are in”

  • Away Record – P7  W5  D0  L2  F8  A6 (League)
  • Only Dover (19) have taken more point on their travels in the National League
  • Have won their last five away games in all competitions
  • Three of their five away wins have ended 1-0
  • Last lost 3-0 at Gateshead, 19/08/17

Askey’s side will be fresher than Orient as they had no midweek game and is hoping to catch them on another off day, “we don’t want out run to stop, hopefully we go to Orient and perform well, getting three points. They have got some decent players and a big squad but are underperforming at the moment. We just hope we meet them on another day they are underperforming”Silkmentv

  • Led for 585 minutes in the league (343 away) the most in the National League
  • Have only trailed in one of their last eight games
  • Have not trailed in a game since August
  • Only Wrexham (13) and Halifax (16) have scored less goals in the top half

Following Orient, Macclessfield travel to Dagenham on Tuesday with Durrell admitting just how tough the National League can be, “there is never an easy game in this league, it is unforgiving” He added “there isn’t a better period to have them, we have won five on the bounce and want them to keep coming. We have two tough games, we need to prepare right and go in full of confidence”.

Maccles next 3 fixtures

Macclesfield’s next three fixtures

Team News

Charlie Lee, George Elokobi, Josh Coulson and Matt Harrold all remain side-lined through injury. James Brophy and Mark Ellis are available after being ineligible in the FA Cup games against Dagenham. Jobi McAnuff is expected to have recovered from a groin injury while Alex Lawless returns after serving a one match suspension after picking up five cautions.

Koby Arthur, Tyrone Marsh, Scott Burgess and Kieran Kennedy all started in Macclesfield 5-0 win at Stourbridge last weekend and will be hoping to keep their places. Askey stated to silkmentv it looks like everyone is fit, only issue we may have is Kieran Kennedy who had a bad blow last weekend. He has been training with us ahead of Orient and we are hopeful it won’t affect him”.

Head to Head – Orient 6, Draw 3, Macclesfield 7

Last Meeting – 26/11/2005 – Macclesfield 0-0 Orient

lofc head to head macclesfield

  • Orient have only won two of the last six meetings – W2  D1 L3
  • Orient have won five of the last six meetings at Brisbane Road (scoring at least two on every occasion
  • Brisbane Road record – Orient 5, Draw 2, Macclesfield 1
  • Macclesfield only win at Brisbane Road came 07/08/2004
  • Out of the 13 wins in this fixture, 11 have been by the home team

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-2 Macclesfield


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“We Have Home Advantage, It is Sure to be Another Good Cup Tie”

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis is hoping his side can finish the job as they host Dagenham & Redbridge in their FA Cup 4th qualifying round replay tomorrow night. The sides battled out a 0-0 draw at Victoria Road on Saturday, with the winner of the tie set to face a trip to Gillingham in the first round.

  • FA Cup First round to play on Weekend of 4th/5th November
  • Orient have not lost to a non league side in the FA Cup since 2002 (25/11/02 – Margate 1-0)
  • Unbeaten in their last 10 fixtures – W8  D2 

In a game which lacked clear cut chances for both sides, Orient hit the bar twice through headers from Macauley Bonne and David Mooney. Davis spoke to leytonorient.com describing the game as “a good game, both teams had a go at trying to win it. It was quite end to end at times but lacked a bit of quality, it had a bit of everything. It was really competitive derby”.

  • Home record – P7  W3  D1  L3  F12  A10
  • Lost their last three home games
  • Only won one of their last five home games – W1  D1  L3
  • Last win – 4-1 vs Guiseley, 02/09/17
  • Not lost a home FA Cup tie against a non-league side since 1997 (Orient 0-1 Hendon, 24/11/1997)

Saturday’s 0-0 draw was Orient first in over a year but most importantly for Davis it was a clean sheet for his side, “we have done a lot of work on defending this week, it showed, we literally spend three days, six sessions on defending and shape with the back five and the rest of the team” It was Orient first clean sheet in nine games with Davis happy that “there were good signs today in terms of being tighter and not allowing them many chances”

  • Kept four clean sheets this season 
  • Without a home clean sheet in their last five games
  • Kept just one clean sheet in their last 19 home games (Maidstone, 12/08/17 – 2-0)

It was the second game in a row that Davies opted for a back three with Joe Widdowson continuing on the left of the back three. The former Dagenham man admitted to leytonorient.com it was good to come back, I know a lot of people here and I have got a lot of friends here, I like this club a lot. It was nice to come back, I had a good time here and it was a good game of football”.


Orient last home FA cup games

Leyton Orient’s last seven home results in FA Cup


In recent weeks, Widdowson has slotted in well to the back three and was very pleased to keep a clean sheet at his former club. Speaking to leytonorient.com we will take confidence from it, we haven’t kept one for a while, it was pleasing for us today. As a back three it was our objective and we are happy with it, we defended well and hopefully we take it forward into future games”.

  • Have not kept back to back clean sheets since May 2016

With the replay, Orient are set to play four games in 12 days but Widdowson was happy to take the game back to Brisbane Road, “it will be good taking the game back home, we have home advantage and I am sure it will be another good cup tie. We have to rest up and prepare now” With the winners playing Gillingham away  ,Widdowson knows that knowing the future opposition can be good, “when you get the incentive of who you will be up against in the next round, it will always spur you on, if it is a big or small team, you always look forward to it”.


Orient next four fixtures Oct 17

Orient’s next four fixtures


  • Orient have scored in eight of their last nine home games
  • Last failed to score 12/09/17 – 0-3 vs Halifax
  • Eight of Orient’s 12 goals scored at home have been in the second half

Jobi McAnuff missed the trip to Dagenham and Davies revealed he could be back for Saturday’s game against Macclesfield, “he is injured, we have five senior players missing that would play in that team, that is half the team gone”.


Orient replay results

Leyton Orient’s last 10 FA Cup replay results

  • Orient have only won two of their last 10 FA Cup replays – both at home


Myles Judd made his first start of the season on Saturday and Widdowson acknowledges how well the O’s youngsters have been doing “the youngers players have been really good. Danny Happe has been outstanding since his has come into the team, a young center half who has grown every single game and done very well. Juddy had his first game and did excellent on his first start, there are good signs”.


Orient Replay home Results

Leyton Orient’s last eight home FA Cup replay results


Dagenham manager John Still admitted he was happy with most aspects of his side performance against Orient but would have liked to have won the game. Speaking to daggers.co.uk I wouldn’t say I am disappointed, it is cup football and a local derby which makes it interesting. You get what you get, I would’ve like to win but we haven’t lost”. He added “I thought we played okay and I am happy with it but there were too many fouls in the game which broke it down to often”.

  • Away Record – P8  W1  D5  L2  F9  A10
  • No win in their last seven away games – D5  L2
  • Last win 2-1 vs Boreham Wood, 09/08/17

With Dagenham the highest scorers in the National League, it was a surprise that they failed to score for the second consecutive game on Saturday. However Still highlighted that it can happen in football, “I think we have been playing well and been free scoring and all of a sudden the goals are not going in, that’s football”. He added “where goals were flying in for us, they have stopped, There is a probably a reason for that, we are without a couple of important players in those areas”.

  • Last time Dagenham failed to score in three consecutive games was November 2015

Dagenham captain Scott Doe admitted that after finding out the replay was on Tuesday he “would have wanted to get the job on Saturday”. Speaking to East London Advertiser Orient are a good side and have recently been in the Football League we wanted to get the job done but we don’t fear going to their place”.


Dagenham last away games

Dagenham & Redbridge’s last seven away FA Cup results


Doe acknowledge that it was frustrating not to score once again but knows his side must keep working on it to get the win on Tuesday. The 28 year old is in his second spell with the Daggers and knows how good a run in the FA Cup can be, “when you see the draw, if you get a big game or a winnable tie, it does spur you on even more to win because nothing is better than a cup run”.


Dagenham Replay Results

Dagenham & Redbridge’s last nine FA Cup replay results


Still’s Dagenham matched Orient’s 3-5-2 system on Saturday with the 67 year old admitting “we took a gamble in playing a new system, a little bit through injury but I was happy with it. Overall you are always disappointed when you don’t win but not disappointed with the situation”.

Orient and Dagenham have had some memorable encounters in cup competitions with Still joking that he wants another “13-12″ after the sides played out a penalty shoot out in the JPT in 2011. After starting his career at the O’s still highlighted that he has an “affinity with the club, I am glad they are rising from the unbelievable miss management over the past couple of years. I am always pleased when they do well but not today”.

Team News

Orient will be without Jobi McAnuff, Charlie Lee, Josh Coulson, George Elokobi, Matt Harrold for tomorrow’s clash. On loan duo Mark Ellis and James Brophy are cup tied after being denied permission to play from their parent clubs. Myles Judd is set to continue after making his first start of the season on Saturday while Zain Westbrooke is hoping for a start on Tuesday.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 6, Draw 3, Dagenham 5

Last meeting – Dagenham 0-0 Leyton Orient, 14/10/17

  • Orient are unbeaten in the last eight meetings (90mins) – W4 D4
  • Orient have won two of the last three meetings at Brisbane Road – both 3-2
  • Orient have won the two FA Cup games at Brisbane Road – 3-1 (2004) and 3-2 (2004)
  • Dagenham have scored on every trip to Brisbane Road

Leyton Orient 2-1 Dagenham AET



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“Away from the Pressures of the League”

Leyton Orient manager Steve Davis is hoping that his side can get their season going again as they travel to Dagenham and Redbridge in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it is away from the pressure of the league and the run we are on, it is a chance to kick start our season and get us going again”.

  • Sit 17th in National League
  • Form in last six – D2  L4  F7  A13
  • Only Solihull (1) have taken less points in the National League
  • No win in last seven games – D2 L5 (two points from a possible 21)
  • Last win 4-1 vs Guiseley, 02/09/17

Orient head to Dagenham on the back of a 2-2 draw away at Barrow last weekend. Despite going ahead twice from David Mooney and Craig Clay, the O’s couldn’t hold on for the win with Bedsente Gomis and Jordan White levelling for Barrow.

  • Away Record – P8  W2  D2  L4  F9  A16
  • Without a win in last four – D2 L4
  • Last win 28/08/17 Maidenhead 0-1 Orient
  • Only Guiseley and Torquay (18) have conceded more away in National League

Head Coach Steve Davis rued his sides inability to hold onto a lead for the second consecutive match. Speaking to leytonorient.com going ahead twice in a game is something we have not had before and we were unable to hold on long enough to build on them. It is killing us at the moment”

  • Kept just two clean sheets
  • Without one for eight games, kept one in their last 10 (Maidenhead, 28/08/17)
  • Scored first in three of their last five games – only led for 47 minutes

Individual errors have littered Orient’s recent performances with Davis bemoaning his sides defending, “it is unacceptable, if we had done the basic defending we wouldn’t have conceded so easily. We are really disappointed with the two goals and lack of marking and tracking. If you score two goals away you except to win the game”.

  • Conceded two or more in their last seven games and their last four away
  • Conceded two or more in 14 of their last 17 away games
  • Conceded two or more in nine of their 15 games this season
  • Only Solihull (27) and Torquay (28) have conceded more in the National League

Despite enjoying the better of the second half at Barrow, Orient failed to force a third goal with Davis knowing his side need to put their chances away, “we had four or five good opportunities, the keeper made a few good saves and we had to defend a few scrambles. In the end we had some good chances and have to be clinical when we get in there, Moons and Macca had chances to go 3-2 ahead”.

  • Failed to score in three games this season
  • Scored in their last five games
  • Scored in six of their last seven away games and 12 of their last 14 games
  • Last failed to score – 12/09/17 Orient 0-3 Halifax

Orient played a 3-5-2 system at Barrow, with Davis highlighting that his side have been trying to find a way to stop conceding goals. Speaking to East London Advertiser I think when you go on a run like we’ve been on, performing well and not winning, you need to change things around and try different things”.

  • Only Guiseley (388) have trailed for more minutes away in National League

Defender Joe Widdowson returned to the side at Barrow and is excited about returning to his former club tomorrow. Widdowson joined Orient from Dagenham in the summer and stated to East London Advertiser I’ve still got a lot of good friends there and with it being a local derby it should be a good game”.

  • 12/21 goals scored have been in the second half
  • Scored six in final 15 minutes of matches 

Widdowson played 49 times for the Daggers last season and has identified some of the strengths that they have, “I know most of their players quite well, I have giving one or two tips to the boys on what they should look for” Corey Whitely has netted eight times this season and Widdowson knows he is a danger “he is a very good player and was excellent for us last season, he is lively and dangerous, he’ll be a big threat for them and we will have to do our best to stop him”.

  • Conceded 16/26 goals in the first half  (10/16 away goals)
  • Six of their last eight conceded have been in first half
  • Have conceded seven between minutes 31-45 

Davis acknowledged the strengths that Still and his side will have tomorrow, “I like John and have know him for a while. It will be a tough game with the way he sets up his team. he demands certain things from his teams, they are powerful and will run all day. They have certain qualities in certain areas and it will be a good game”.

Orient's last four fa cup seasons

Orient’s last four seasons FA Cu results

  • Orient have only won one of their last six FA Cup fixtures

    Orient Last 7 fa cup results

    Orient’s last seven FA Cup results

  • Orient have not scored an away goal in FA Cup since 05/01/13 – David Mooney

Dagenham head into tomorrow’s clash with Orient on the back of a 1-0 away defeat at Woking last weekend. Regan Charles-Cook struck the winner 12 minutes from time, inflicting a third defeat of the season for the Daggers.

  • Sit 6th in National League
  • No win in last two – D1  L2
  • Form in last six – W2  D2  L2  F8  A7
  • Last win – 30/09/17 , 1-0 vs Torquay

Manager John Still was disappointed that his side did not utilise their dominance last weekend at Woking. Speaking to Barking and Dagenham Post I thought we dominated the game from start to finish but our box play wasn’t good enough. They scored a great goal and there was nothing we could do about it but for most of the game it was one way traffic”.

  • Home Record – P7  W5  D1  L1  F18  A9 
  • Won four of their last five (scoring 12 goals)
  • Only Woking (19) have taken more points at home in National League
  • 66% of their League Points come at home
  • Only lost one of their last 12 home games – W8  D3  L1

It was the third time the Daggers had failed to score away from this season with Still highlighting what was missing “it was a little bit of selfishness, someone getting it and running it at a defender. When you get in those forward positions, you have to attack. When you continually attack players, you will get some success out of it”.

  • Only side in National League to score in every home match
  • Scored in their last 12 home games and 17 of their last 18 games
  • Last failed to score – 28/02/17 – 0-2 vs Maidstone

Midfielder Luke Howell agreed with Still, insisting that his side need to be more ruthless in the penalty area. Speaking to barking and Dagenham postI thought we were really good and controlled the majority of the game for the first half hour. I feel we could have been more clinical in and around the box”.

  • League Top scorers with 27 goals
  • Top Scorers at home in National League with 18 goals

Defender Sam Ling is set to face his dad and old club when Orient visit tomorrow and admitted to the East London Advertiser it has been a bit weird at home this week with both of us trying to get the team out of each other”. Ling joined the Daggers in 2016 but was part of Orient’s academy until he left “it will be good to see some old faces and hopefully progress to the next round”.

  • Kept just two clean sheets this season – one at home
  • Only kept one in their last eight games
  • Only kept one in their last nine home games
  • Both teams have scored in four of their last six games

 Assistant manager Darren Currie is hoping his side can ask more questions in the box against Orient tomorrow. Speaking to daggers.co.uk we lacked a final third finishing touch, it has been stuff we have been working on, we know we have got goals in the team. Naturally it is a concern not to score, we have got to ask more in the final third, we didn’t really do it enough at Woking”.

  • Scored 17/27 goals in first half – most in league
  • 66% home goals come in first half (12/18)
  • Eight of their ten second half goals have been in last 15 minutes of games
  • Gained eight points in that period in league
  • Have scored a goal in last 15 minutes of games in three of their last four – earning a result in each game

Without a win in their last two games, defender Benn Nunn insisted the key for his side is to “get that consistency back”. Speaking to daggers.co.ukit would have been better if we had got a few more results that maybe we should of had, we started well. Back to back wins will really kick us on and up to where we should be”.

  • Five of their Nine home goals conceded have been in the last 30 minutes of games
  • Have not trailed at home this season
  • Only Aldershot (347) have led more at home in League than Aldershot (317)

Tomorrow’s clash will be the first of at least three meetings between the two sides and Currie can’t wait for the game insisting the players have had a spring in their step this week. Speaking to daggers.co.uk naturally they want to respond to the result last weekend and they are aware of how we intend to do well in the cup. Training has been bright and lively”. He added “we are playing against one of our rivals in the league, our neighbours. Hopefully we put in a performance and result that the club and fans want to see”.


Dagenham last four seasons FA Cup

Dagenham’s last four season results in FA Cup

  • Only won one of their last five games 


Dagenham's last 8 home games

Dagenham last eight home FA Cup ties

  • Dagenham only score in two of their last six home FA cup games



Team News

New loan signing Zain Westbrooke is available after signing on a 93 day loan from Brentford on Wednesday. James Brophy and Mark Ellis are ineligible after being denied permission by their parent clubs while George Elokobi, Josh Coulson, Matt Harrold and Charlie Lee remain out.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 6, Draw 2, Dagenham 5

Last meeting – 16/04/16 – Leyton Orient 3-2 Dagenham

  • Orient have won the last three meetings – scoring at least twice in each game
  • Unbeaten in the last seven meetings (90 minutes) and last three trips to Victoria Road  – W4  D3
  • Dagenham last won 04/09/10 – 2-0
  • Sides have met in FA Cup four times – Orient 3  Draw 1
  • Last cup meeting – 16/11/10 – Leyton Orient 3-2 Dagenham
  • Never been a 0-0 between sides
  • Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings
  • Orient have scored in the last seven meetings

Prediction – Dagenham 2-1 Leyton Orient

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Barrow away…. a bit late

So after a midweek loss in Tranmere, it was another away trip to Barrow that awaited Orient fans on Saturday afternoon. A game which rubber stamped the realisation that your team were now playing non-league football. A bleak ground, no roof, open to the elements with the expectation that you would be rained on.

Following the loss in midweek, Davis opted for a back three in Sendles-White, Ellis and Widdowson with Caprice and Brophy as the wing backs. I bit shocked that Happe had dropped to the bench with the youngster not doing a lot wrong in his recent performances. Lawless, Clay and McAnuff were in midfield with Mooney returning to partner Bonne in attack.

Despite the slow start, Orient as always looked shaky at the back but took the lead in route one fashion. Grainger’s long kick found Brophy on the left who crossed for Mooney to slide home. The question on everyone’s lips in the away end was how long was the lead going to last for?

O’s fans had the feeling of de ja vu as poor marking inside the Orient box, as expected, allowed Gomis to scuff his shot into the ground and loop over Grainger. A blow which was culminated in the 12 year old Barrow firm giving large towards the away end. With Orient failing to clear a set piece, no one seemed set inside the box. A header flicked forward caught Sendles-White on his heels and trying to play the offside trap to no avail, leaving Gomis free to strike fortunately home.




Caprice Dodgy marking at Barrow

Sendles-White marking Gomis wrong side


caprice dodgy marking at barrow 2

Sendles-White caught on his heels and appealing for offside



As the scores were level, the wind was playing havoc at the back for Orient as they were finding it hard to adapt to the conditions. After mistakes from set pieces throughout the season, Orient should have been behind and had to be thankful for the offside flag. Ellis lost Harrison in the box (wasn’t the only time), he headed home but was offside.

As the game opened up Orient took the lead in what will be deemed the scrappiest goal of the season. With a free kick not cleared by Barrow, ricochet after ricochet, the ball finally fell to Clay who at the second attempt fired home to restore Orient’s lead.

Despite leading, how long was this going to last? Orient did not look confident at all at the back, with Barrow causing problems from set pieces. O’s men not staying with their men. Following a throw in on the right, Orient press the ball but their defence line is out of position. When the ball is crossed McAnuff and Caprice are out of position meaning they lose the first header, Ellis is on heels and is ball watching leaving White to tap in.


Back 3, out of position

Orient’s back three out of position, leaving a hole at the back post


Outnumbered at the back Barrow

Caprice and Mcanuff not set at the back, with Ellis marking White







Ellis on Heels







Ellis on Heels

Ellis ball watching at the back, allowing White to tap home


With the scores level at the break, Orient had now conceded two or more goals in their last seven games, and 14 of their last 17 away games. The second half kick off with Orient in the ascendancy but were unable to put their chances away. Mooney and Bonne were linking up very well in attack with both having efforts saved.

The game was there for the taking if a man in red would take the initiative but as time ticked on, mistakes were evident at the back. At times Orient need to do the basics right, put the ball in row z and get organised. Any mistake at the back was giving the home side confidence with them hitting the post and last seasons top scorer Byron Harrison missing a guilt edge chance.

Myles Judd replaced Jae Caprice in the right wing back role, not so sure Caprice suits starting that high up on the right. I know he wasn’t 100% fit but I think he performs better when he comes from deep and has time to run at his opposing full back. However learning to cross the ball earlier would definitely help Orient’s supply into the box.

With the clocking ticking, Orient fan were calling for Dayton or Boco that could help to pick up the important three points. It didn’t come till late when Dayton replaced McAnuff with little time to make an impact. But the chance to seal victory came when Brophy broke into the box but was blocked off. O’s fans appealed but referee Andrew Miller so no much to the disgust of the away contingent.

Orient and Davis had to settle for a point but no win, leaving the O’s picking up just two points from a possible 21. Not a good record at all but has the run of defeats stopped? It is true Orient have fell behind a lot in recent matches however the last three games Orient have taken the lead in they have only obtained one point. Lost to Hartlepool, Lost to Tranmere and Drew with Barrow. Not all about scoring the first goal, about getting ahead then doing the basics in order to protect the lead, something Orient fail to do.

In their winless run of seven games, Davis has only named the same back three/four twice, these changes cannot be healthy for the team. It hasn’t mattered which combination Davis has used they have still shipped goals, something which has to stop if Orient are to turn the corner and start picking up victories.

For all this pretty, passing football, how have Orient last six goals come about?

Aldershot – Clay’s header from a set piece and Boco from a long ball and flick on from Bonne

Fylde – Cross and header at the back post by McAnuff

Tranmere – passing move which Harrold turned home

Barrow – Route one ball found Brophy who crossed for Mooney and a set piece

For all Orient’s passing football, they have scored their majority of their goal recently in typical non-league fashion. Food for thought…..

With a week off from league action, the cup game with Dagenham could help Davis or make the situation worse for him. A win over the local rivals and a first round FA Cup tie or another defeat, their sixth in eight games and another without a win. We will see Saturday what the outcome will be……..

I am not sure Davis knows what his best side or formation is at this current moment, it is clear he is searching for the right formula to achieve the results. However, in recent weeks the midfield has been lacking, whether it being defensively helping the back four or attacking, providing support to Bonne and Mooney. The second half on Saturday they seemed to drop deeper and leave it for the forward to create.

Anyway, onwards and upwards to Dagenham Saturday, we all know what a lovely place it is….

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“We’re Letting a Lot of People Down with these Results”

Leyton Orient midfielder Alex Lawless is fully aware of his sides lack of form and all their attention is on Saturday’s game at Barrow. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we are letting a lot of people down with these results and we are looking for a win together”.

  • Sit 17th on 17 points
  • League Record – P14  W5  D2  L7  F19  A24
  • No team has taken less points in last six games than Orient (1)

The O’s fell to their fifth defeat in six games with a 2-1 loss at Tranmere on Wednesday night. Matt Harrold did put them ahead but Andy Cook slid home the equaliser just three minutes later. James Norwood headed home the winner 20 minutes from time, leaving Orient winless since 2nd September. 

  • Away Record – P7  W2  D1  L4  F7  A14
  • No win in last three – losing their last two 
  • Only Guiseley (17) and Torquay (18) have conceded more away
  • Conceded two or more goals in 13 of their last 16 away games

Striker and Club Captain David Mooney admitted that his side needed to pull together in the time leading up to the Barrow fixture. Speaking to BBC London everyone is a bit down, luckily for us we are staying up here for the next three days. It gives me a chance to get everybody together and tell the what it means to play for this club and the standards we should set”.

  • Kept three clean sheets this season – two away
  • Without a clean sheet in last seven games and only one in their last nine (Maidenhead, 28/8/17)
  • Kept just four clean sheets in their last 20 away games
  • Conceded two or more goals in eight of their 14 games – (Only Fylde 9 have done that in more games)

Orient’s recent run of results have all been similar with Mooney aware that his side need to stop their slump, “I am a big believer in the good times around the corner but how long is the corner. I am sick of saying the same thing, we played well and conceded from a set piece, it’s the same old garbage. Eventually it is going to come to a head, hopefully over the next couple of days we can sort it”.

  • Conceded two or more in their last six games
  • Conceded two or more in their last three away games
  • Conceded 48 goals in 20 away games in 2017 – conceded two or more in 16 of them

Head coach Steve Davis was disappointed with the outcome at Tranmere but was pleased his side took the lead. Speaking to leytonorient.com it was nice to take lead after we have fallen behind in previous games but was frustrating we weren’t able to hold onto it for a longer period. We let them back in the game after we scored too quickly, we needed to get a little bit more control of the game”.

  • First game in seven Orient took the lead
  • Only led for 29 minutes in their last six matches
  • Trailed for 351 minutes in their six games – average 58 minutes a game
  • Trailed in their last seven games

Davis admitted he felt his side became one dimensional at Prenton Park, “we haven’t really done that much this season. It was more typical of this league and I am not sure we have got the players that can play long ball. We fought hard and I felt we could have played more football”.

  • Failed to score in three games
  • Have scored in their last four games and 11 of their last 13 league games
  • Scored in five of their last six away games
  • Last failed to score Boreham Wood – 9/9/17

In the latter stages on Wednesday night, Davis moved to a 3-4-1-2 formation looking to get back into the game. Speaking to leytonorient.com about the change “sometimes finding a different way gives players another perspective, we are looking to find a formula which will help us get out of the situation we are in”. He added “whilst performances have been good, we haven’t had the results to match them, results become more important. It is about finding  system which suits the players we have fit”.

  • 14/24 goals conceded have been in the first half
  • Five 1-15 minutes – three of last five games
  • Six 31-45 minutes 
  • Have conceded nine of 24 goals at the start of both halves
  • Only bottom three (Guiseley, Solihull Moors 25 and Torquay 26) have conceded more goals in the National League

Keeper Charlie Grainger was Orient’s best player on Wednesday and feels his side have enough to end their winless run. Speaking to leytonorient.com “we all want to do our best and get out of it as quickly as we can. We know we are a good enough side to do that, we are very confident we can get out of the situation”.

  • 12/19 goals scored have been in the second half
  • Six of those have been in last 15 minutes of matches – Only Dagenham (8) have scored more

Lawless has lost on his last two trips to Barrow and fully aware of the challenges that come with playing at Holker Street, “every time I have played them they have been direct and physical. It is something we have to counteract and win that side so that we can play our game”.

  • 1-0 both times with Luton – 02/02/13 and 21/02/12

Barrow head into tomorrow’s clash on the back of a 1-0 away defeat at Hartlepool on Tuesday night. Michael Woods scored in injury time for Pools to continue Barrow’s winless run to six games.

  • Sit 20th on 12 points
  • League Record – P14  W2  D6  L6  F14  A16
  • Form in last six – W0  D2  L4  F3  A7
  • Only Solihull (1) and Orient (1) have taken less points in last six games (2)

It has been a tough start for Barrow who are onto their second manager of the season after Paul Cox resigned in August. Barow finished 7th in the National League last season just seven points off the play offs. Assistant manager Micky Moore took over the reigns with the club looking for a new Head of Football after Paul Ogden stepped down after just two months earlier today (Friday 6th October)

  • Moore appointed 20/09/17 on a two year deal
  • Record since Cox left – W1  D3  L5
  • One win in their last 1 games – W1  D5  L5

Following their last gasp defeat on Tuesday, Moore spoke to nwemail.co.uk Hartlepool will be honest enough to say that they got something they didn’t deserve to. AFC Fylde said the same thing the other week, I want to be the lucky manager not the unlucky one”. He added “I don’t think anyone could say we didn’t deserve to win the game, if we got a draw I would have been disappointed”.

  • Home Record – P7  W2  D4  L1  F7  A4
  • Only Wrexham (3) have conceded less at home
  • Only Racecourse Ground (Wrexham) has seen less goals (9)
  • No win in their last three home games – One win in their last five – W1  D3  L1
  • Last win 2-1 vs Boreham Wood – 02/09/17
  • 75% of their points have come at home

Tuesday’s loss was their second consecutive 1-0 loss, Moore acknowledges that luck is not with his side at the moment, “that is four games we have lost 1-0, ultimately Hartlepool got the rub of the green, they got the luck and we haven’t got that at the moment”. Moore highlighted that his side must rally in order to pull them out of their poor form, “we have to stick together and work hard, no-one can fault their effort, commitment or desire”.

  • All six of their league defeats have been by just one goal
  • Only two of their last 14 league defeats have been by more than one goal

Moore’s side have only scored once in their last three games but he is quick to highlight that it is important to keep creating chances, “the players aren’t missing on purpose, confidence wise in front of goal, it is a bit low but it is my job to keep believing in them and for them to keep getting into the positions”.

  • Only scored one goal in last three home games
  • Failed to score in two games and three of their last five
  • Failed to score in six of 14 league games – three at home
  • Eight of their 14 goals have been in the first half – including two of their last three

With goals lacking in attack, the first goal is paramount according to Moore, “the first goal is very important for a team suffering a lack of confidence. On Tuesday we had two or three fantastic chances to go 1-0 up but we lost 1-0. We are really close to turning it around”.

  • Ten of their 16 goals conceded have been in the first half – including four of their last five
  • Only conceded one goal in the second half of home games
  • Only side to not concede in last 30 minutes of any home game

Barrow sit just one point above the relegation zone but Moore is clear that the team has to believe in the model he is creating at Holker Street. Speaking to nwemail.co.ukfor me I have got to believe in the process that I am putting in place, the results have been disappointing but I am not going to hide away, no one is hurting more than me and the players”.

  • Kept three clean sheets – all at home
  • Without clean sheet in last four, one clean sheet in their last 11 league games (0-0 vs Guiseley, 12/09/17)
  • Kept just one in last five games

Moore thanked the supporters that travelled to Hartlepool on Tuesday night and is aware that despite the result, they didn’t question the performance. Moore stated “we are playing some good football, the results are not where we want to be. Even the most ardent supporter can be honest to say we are playing better football but we can’t score”.

  • Only conceded 24 goals in their last 30 home league games
  • Only conceded two or more in three games – only one of their last ten
  • Only conceded two or more in four of their last 30 home league games

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without long term absentees Josh Coulson, George Elokobi and Charlie Lee. Joe Widdowson remains a doubt after missing the last two games with a quadricep injury. Jake Caprice is a major doubt after going off on Wednesday night with a hamstring injury. Myles Judd looks set to deputise at right back while Matt Harrold will be hoping to add to his goal at Tranmere.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 3, Draw 1, Barrow 3

Last meeting – 18/11/2000 – Barrow 0-2 Leyton Orient – FA Cup

  • Orient are unbeaten in the last three meetings
  • It will be the first league meeting in 47 years
  • Last League meeting – 04/04/1969 – Leyton Orient 2-0 Barrow
  • Barrow last won 05/05/1969 – Orient 1-2 Barrow

Prediction – Barrow 1-1 Leyton Orient

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