“I Think It Will Be An Entertaining Game”

Swindon Town first team coach Tommy Wright is expecting a compelling game when his side visit Leyton Orient tomorrow. The Robins head to East London looking for back to back wins and Wright is expecting an open game. Speaking to Swindon Advertiser from what I have seen so far they are a very attacking team, they do go for it. I wouldn’t put my money on it being 0-0″.

  • Sit fifth on 11 points
  • League Record – P6  W3  D2  L1  F11  A7
  • Only lost one of last four games – W1  D2  L1
  • Not won back to back games since March

The Robins moved up to fifth after a 3-1 home victory over Morecambe last weekend. A brace from Eoin Doyle and a Jerry Yates strike inside the first half set them on their way. Lewis Alessandra briefly levelled for the Shrimpers but the Robins prevailed for their first win in four games.

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Swindon’s Last Six Results

Despite the victory, manager Richie Wellens was left disappointed with his sides second half performance. The former Oldham boss felt his side let Morecambe off the hook and became sloppy. Speaking to Football League Paper it doesn’t really feel like a win because I don’t think we were great. When we got it right and executed what we wanted to do, we looked good and created chances. We scored goals at good times but we were far too sloppy and it was the worst we’ve played by a long stretch”.

  • First Half last week – 60% possession, 8 shots, 4 on target
  • Second Half – 42% possession , 5 shots, 0 on target

Striker Keshi Anderson grabbed his second assist of the season on Saturday and acknowledges his side need to develop a ruthless streak. Speaking following the victory over Morecambe to Swindon Advertiser I think it’s natural instinct when you know you’re cruising to be a bit lacklustre and drop your levels a bit. It’s something that we as a team want to be able to flush out. We want to go for the full 90 minutes, just grinding down teams and putting them away”.

  • Kept just one clean sheet all season
  • Without a clean sheet  in last seven games (five league games)
  • Kept one clean sheet in last nine league games

Wellens who joined the Robins back in 2018 will be hoping his side can challenge towards the top seven this season. Key for the 39 year old is to find solutions to problems. Speaking to Football League Paper “we won’t brush things under the carpet because there were certain things there that weren’t good enough but we take the positives in the result. You can’t have it all. We’ve performed in the first five games overall. Today we were a bit off it”.

Swindon Next 6

Swindon’s Next Six Fixtures

Swindon are unbeaten in the league on their travels so far this season and the Robins will be followed by 1300 away fans at the Breyer Group Stadium tomorrow. Wright who joined the club from Carlisle in the summer is not surprised by the support and is hoping they can repay them with victory. Speaking to Swindowntownfc.co.uk I know they have got good support and I think they are enjoying it, I think they ca see we are flourishing and are trying to go forward in the right way. The tradition of Swindon has always been to play good, entertaining football and hopefully we can keep it going”.

  • Only lost one of their last eight away league games – W2  D5  L1

The Robins are the second highest scorers in the division and Wright is expecting them to continue at Orient tomorrow. The O’s who were crowned National League Champions last season sit in mid table but despite only just coming up Wright feels the O’s will be amongst it this season. Speaking to Swindon AdvertiserI am pretty sure they won’t be in danger of relegation, I think they will be one of the teams up there. They have got players who are capable of scoring goals as we do, I think it will be an entertaining game”.

  • Only failed to score in one of their six league games
  • Scored in three of their last four games – five in last two
  • Scored in eight of their last nine league games

Team News

Michael Doughty is still suspended while defender Zeki Fryers is set to miss out. New signing Anthony Grant and Steven Benda could be involved after joining on loan from Shrewsbury and Swansea respectively.

Head to Head – Swindon 27, Draw 25, Leyton Orient 29 

Last meeting  – 03/05/2015 – Swindon Town 2-2 Leyton Orient

  • Swindon have only won one of the last ten meetings – W1  D4  L5
  • Three of the last four wins between sides have been by the away side
  • There has been at least three goals in three of last four meetings
  • There has been two 0-0 draws in the last ten meetings

Last Time Out – 31/08/2019 – Swindon Town 3-1 Morecambe

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Starting 11 vs Morecambe

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-2 Swindon Town

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“We Need to Get Some Consistency to Get the Results We Want”

Salford City manager Graham Alexander has called on improvement in his sides play ahead of their meeting against Leyton Orient. The Ammies have drawn the last three games and Alexander wants his side to maintain their standard throughout the 90 minutes. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk first of all we need to see an improvement in aspects of our play. We’ve had good spells in all of our games on and off the ball and bad spells in all of our games. We need to get some consistency to get the results we want”.

  • 15th in League Two

City head into the clash with the O’s on the back of a 2-2 draw away at Carlisle last Saturday. Olufela Olmola put Carlisle ahead before the Amnies fired back through Emmanuel Dieseruvwe and Danny Whitehead. However a Stefan Scougall goal just before the break saw the game end in a draw. Alexander stated to salfordcityfc.co.uk it was a difficult game for us over the 95 minutes, see tiredness from the week we had. They worked exceptionally hard against Plymouth. We know what their bodies have been put through. They stood up and were counted”

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Salford’s Last Six Results

The Ammies fell behind early on at Brunton Park but Alexander praised his sides fightback in the game which saw them score two goals in five minutes to go ahead. However the 47 year old bemoaned his sides game management heading into half time, speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk we scored two goals again away from home which is excellent. But the frustration and disappointment is conceding just before half time. It’s not the first time we have conceded just before. We have seen how important it is this week. We could have had maximum points had it been for game management”.

  • Conceded between minutes 40-45 in three of their last four matches

Salford followed Orient up through the play offs last season and Alexander is expecting another intriguing contest between the sides. The former Burnley defender revealed he thought about former Orient boss Justin Edinburgh on the opening day of the season and understands they may be some emotion on Saturday. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk there was a great rivalry between the clubs last season and we pushed each other extremely hard to get promotion. In the end what happened to Justin after promotion was tragic. It will certainly be a part of on Saturday”.

  • Only lost two of their last 10 home games – W5  D3  L2
  • Only lost one of their last eight home league games – W5  D2  L1
  • Scored in four of their five league matches so far – scored at least two in three of them

Despite being one of the pre season favourites for the title in their first season in League Two; Salford have only won one of their opening five league games this season. Alexander is not concerned about the lack of wins and acknowledges it may take some time to adjust to life at this level. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk we have to adapt to a higher level. We still have to improve on performances. We saw last year, it took us a few games to get up to speed with what was required. We are getting there now and seen different challenges in each game”.

  • This Season after five league games – W1  D3  L1
  • Last Season after five league games – W2  D1  L2
  • 2018/2019 – Salford lost two of their first three matches
  • Then went 18 games undefeated – W12  D6

The O’s may have a slight advantage over all of the other League Two sides as they have faced Salford before. The Amnies beat the O’s back in January but Alexander feels that despite having the upper hand over them last year, it means nothing now. Speaking to salfordcityfc.co.uk if you look back to the January game, the squads are roughly the same, both clubs showed confidence in their squads that were successful last season. We will have knowledge of their players and vice versa. It is about coming out on top and doing the basics well. What happened eight months ago won’t have any bearing on Saturday’s result”.

Salford Next 6

Next Six Fixtures

Team News

Captain Liam Hogan remains out through injury after an operation recently. Striker Rory Gaffney could be recalled having scored in both of last season clashes with Orient. Richie Towell sat out the draw at Carlisle and could be back involved at Moor Lane.

Alexander on his squad we have got a couple of niggles. One or two have missed training. The usual bumps and bruises, by no means have we got a skeleton squad. We have enough players to put out a good team to produce and performance to win the game”

Head to Head  Salford 1, Draw 1, Leyton Orient 0

Head to Head

The Previous Two Meetings

  • Salford took the lead in both games last season
  • Salford have scored all the goals in the meetings

Last Time Out – 24/08/2019 – Carlisle 2-2 Salford City

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Salford’s Starting 11 vs Carlisle

Prediction – Salford 1-1 Leyton Orient

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The Tactical Change at Mansfield

Well, where do we start with last night then. The three second half goals? The two strikers getting off the mark? The two penalty kicks in the first half? The space we allowed them in the first half? Or the brilliant and needed we should emphasise change of formation and tactics in the first half.

Both Orient and Mansfield set up exactly how they were expected to with the Stags making one change from their win at Carlisle with Neil Bishop missing out and Otis Khan coming in. It was a subtle change but one that was working for them in the first half and putting them on the front foot.

Mansfield Away

Orient’s Starting 11

Mansifed First half

Mansfield Starting 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both teams were utilising the same system but after the opening exchanges it was clear to see that Mansfield were working the system better and exploiting the open spaces that Orient were leaving. Orient’s back five was being dragged out of position by the movement of Khan, Rose and Maynard. The bombarding wing backs of Benning and Gordon were forcing Ling and Widdowson back towards their own goal.

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The space between Ling and Ekpiteta in the first half

Mansfield First HalfOrient’s back three /five were constantly being forced back to their own goal by the tactic of Dempster to play the ball down the sides of Orient’s back three and into the spaces. Another key for Mansfield was Maynard and Rose were not interested in going one on one with Coulson but more about exposing Happe and Ekpiteta into wider areas where they feel they would have more joy.

The ability to occupy the wider center backs helped with the move for the first penalty. Khan drops into a pocked of space behind Clay and in front of Coulson. Turns and feeds the ball down the sides of the three center backs. Rose gets in behind feels the contact and wins the penalty. Let’s not get into the debate of the decision but we can all agree with, another defensive mistake leading to a goal.

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Rose’s run in between Ekpiteta and Coulson for first penalty

The spaces in the backline was becoming a worry for the O’s with Ling and Widdowson struggling to deal with the wing backs. Mansfield’s tactic would be to try and get their players in behind with through balls. But if they couldn’t and their out ball would be over the top into the space and let their forward chase and press the ball to prevent Orient from getting out.

Mansfield tactics first half

Mansfield First Half Tactic

Another problem for the Orient, was when in possession, they were being pressed by Mansfield to turn possession over. However when Mansfield had the ball the wider center backs were afforded space to bring the ball forward meaning their more attacking players had license to go forward.

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Space Between center backs, Gordon getting in behind Widdowson down the Mansfield’s right

The less said about the second penalty the better, make your own judgement on the highlights. Disappointing once more but move on and concentrate on the rest of the game. Mansfield did strike the post with a free kick and before O’s fans are remind me. Orient a huge claim for a penalty after a challenge on Sam Ling in the penalty area but appeals were waved away.

Orient did have chances in the first half through Ekpiteta who saw a header saved but once more Angol and Wikinson were struggling due to the lack of service going forward.

Half Time

To be a fly on the wall inside the O’s dressing room at the break, a change was needed and their seemed just one option; going to a back four. But who would come on? Which centre back would be replaced? Was it back to 4-4-2?

Orient Second half

Change of System in Second Half

Louis Dennis was introduced in place of Dan Happe as the O’s went to a 4-3-3 shape. It did take some time to adjust with Wilkinson initially starting on the right hand side. But soon, Dennis swapped and Orient looked a different side going forward.

Yes, we did afford them space at the start of the second on the wings but the change of system prevented Mansfield from getting out as easily at the back. Orient looked to Angol and Wikinson to win aerial balls and have runners forward into attacking areas.

Orient were utilising their pace in attack with Angol and Dennis look lively making runs in behind Mansfield’s defence. Dennis was involved in Orient’s first in a set piece routine that nearly didn’t work. But eventually Dennis volleyed the ball back for Wilkinson who headed home his first for the club.

 

The tide had turned and Orient were well in the ascendancy with Coulson going close with a header. The change in tactic had given the O’s more impetus in attack and the Stags were unable to stop them coming forward. With Orient occupying Mansfield back three, their link up was now starting to click.

Remember Angol disallowed goal against Cheltenham, well a carbon copy secured the equaliser on Tuesday night. Angol dummied the ball to Wikinson who in turn played his strike partner in and he notched his first for the club.

Orient now were level and the goal epitomised the change of play in the second half. Runners in behind and off the ball created the chance. Mansfield now had to worry about the threat in behind them and used a tactic you need to use against a back three. Expose the wider center back into area they don’t like to defend.

Exposing wide center back 2nd goal

Exposing the Centre backs

The management team had turned the game on its head, the O’s were braver in attack committed men forward. The three in attack and Brophy just behind were causing all kind of problems for Mansfield but Dempster’s men continued with their same system.

After Orient drew level, Mansfield tried to push for a winner enjoying more possession and territory. But Orient remained a threat on the break with their pace going forward. The O’s made two changes late on, Dale Gorman replaced Connor Wilkinson and Jordan Maguire Drew replaced Joe Widdowson who was forced off with injury.

Last Chnages

After the Substitutions

As the clock struck added time, Orient wasted a late free kick but there would still be one last chance. A great, counter attacking saw Wright play in Angol down the left. He crossed for Dennis who shot against Maguire-Drew and into the net sending the away fans barmy in the away end. A delightful goal and finish to a great second half.

A wonderful finish to a game that had such contrasting emotions from the first half to the second half. The one joy was Orient sensed the winner and committed five in attack in search for the winner, something in the first half you would have been surprised about.

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Wright and Gorman searching for Winner

A game of two halves, I think would be a simple statement. The key was the change made by the Orient management team at half time. Bravery from the team but they had to change to a back four, the space afforded in the first half was too much.

Either one of Ekpiteta or Happe could have been replaced but the most promising signs was the attacking prowess in the second half. The impact of Louis Dennis off of the bench and the link up between Angol and Wilkinson in the second half.

That 4-3-3 system would seem to suit away from home, pace on the break, counter attacking football. Whether it would be used all the time, I don’t know. Let’s remember we started playing 3-5-2 to get the best players in the team. Their could be an argument to play three in attack but the options now in the squad there are several options to go.

A brilliant comeback and full credit must go to the management team and players . The change worked and should breed confidence going forward. Nothing beats a win on the road in midweek, although nearly lost my glasses after the winner. A small price to pay for that win though.

Onwards to Crawley on Saturday.

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“A Stepping Stone In The Right Direction”

Leyton Orient defender Sam Ling insists his side need to get points on the board ahead of the trip to Mansfield Town on Tuesday. The O’s are looking to arrest their away form after losing both away games this season and Ling is confident his side can do that at Field Mill. Speaking to leytonorient.com it’s another away one Tuesday. We know every game is going to be tough but we know what we are capable of and are confident heading into every game so hopefully we will come out with some points”.

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Orient’s Next Six Games

Orient bounced back from two consecutive defeats with a 0-0 draw with Stevenage on Saturday. Interim head coach Ross Embleton was left frustrated after his side drew a blank for the third successive game stating to leytonorient.comI 100% felt we prepared to a level today that looked like we deserved three points. There are not many other way of describing it”.

Orient last four

Orient’s Last Four Results

Following promotion from the National League last season, Ling feels that Saturday’s result is the perfect building block going forward. Speaking on his sides performance to leytonorient.com “the boys were good today, strong at the back, strong in the middle and strong in attack. But unfortunate not to come away with all three points. We got a point, a clean sheet and we can build on from now”.

After a failure to put their chances away against Stevenage and Embleton is hoping his side can use that as motivation at Field Mill. Orient have only netted once in their last seven competitive fixtures with Embleton stating to leytonorient.com they got a result today and a are a good team. They have a big budget, are a big team in this league and we know it will be tough. We need to all hold on to this frustration in some sort of way”.

  • Orient have failed to score in last three away league games
  • Last three away goals have all been from set pieces

Orient’s only goal of the season came courtesy of Josh Wright in their opening game but despite the strikers drawing a blank so far, Embleton was keen to take the positives going forward. Speaking to leytonorient.com I suppose I have to look at in the last couple of games we have not created a lot of chances and haven’t looked a huge threat in the final third. Today we did, my job is to take the good parts to move forward”

  • Orient have not lost their opening three away games of a season since 2006
    Orient away losses

The O’s have been backed well so far this season and it shouldn’t be any different in Mansfield. Embleton was quick to praise the supporters after Saturday’s draw highlighting the expectations in the season. Speaking to leytonorient.com they were fantastic today, this club has been used to winning in last year to 18 months. We have moved up a level and we are not going to win every week. I know today was frustrating for everyone but going up a level we need to make sure we are at it every day and do things at the highest level”.

  • Orient have failed to win their last three away league games and four in all competitions
  • Only won one of their last seven away games – W1  D2  L4

Team News

Orient will still be without the trio of Jobi McAnuff, James Dayton and Jamie Turley. New loan signing George Marsh could be involved after signing on loan from Tottenham Hotspur on Monday. James Brophy is set to continue behind the strikers at Field Mill.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 24, Draw 14, Mansfield 14

Last Meeting – 28/01/2017 – Mansfield Town 2-0 Leyton Orient

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The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Orient have only lost two of their last 11 meetings with Mansfield – W7  D2  L2
  • Orient have only lost one of their last five trips to Field Mill – W2  D2  L1
  • Only one of the last nine meetings has ended in a draw

Last Time Out – Leyton Orient 0-0 Stevenage, 17/08/2019

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Starting 11 vs Stevenage

Prediction – Mansfield Town 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“We’ll Go into Tuesday’s Game against Orient Bouncing”

Mansfield Town defender Hayden White insists his side must take each game as it comes as they host Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening. White was part of a Stag side that picked up their first win of the season on Saturday and highlighted they will be full of confidence on facing the O’s. Speaking to mansfieldtown.net “it’s early on and as we’ve seen from last season things can either way but we’ll go into Tuesday’s game against Leyton Orient bouncing”.

Mansfield Next 6

Mansfield’s Next Six Games

The Stags head into the clash with Orient after goals from Danny Rose and Nicky Maynard saw them depart Carlisle victorious. Manager John Dempster was thrilled with the manner of his side victory describing to mansfieldtown.netI think it was the perfect away performance. We had a game plan and I thought to a man, they were outstanding”.

Mansfield Last four

Mansfield’s Last Four Results

Dempster who took over from David Flitcroft who was sacked in the summer. The 36 year old joined the club in 2014 as academy manager and finally took the full time reigns in May. Mansfield’s win at Carlisle was his first win as permanent manager and revealed “it is massive and is something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life and I can’t say much more than that”.

  • Mansfield have drew their last three games at home
  • Failed to win last four competitive home games
  • Two wins in last six

After failing in the playoffs last year and only a few new arrivals the Stags were once again one of the pre season favourites for League Two. White revealed the win was massive for the whole group and could be a key moment moving forward. Speaking to mansfieldtown.net the manner of the goals, the clean sheet as a defender and the togetherness of the group means it is a big result for us. We’ve drawn the last three but the boys really needed that and it will be a big boost for us”.

Mansfield In's

Summer Arrivals

Dempster who took temporary charge back in 2018 was proud of his players and their performance but more importantly a clean sheet. Before Saturday, The Stags had been involved in three consecutive 2-2 draws and Dempster stated “the players in the squad gave everything and gave each other everything and got what they deserved. I’m absolutely delighted with the clean sheet. I said to the players before that this squad of players have goals in them but they also have clean sheets in them. Today was a perfect away performance”

  • Three clean sheets in last six competitive home games

Dempster will be hoping his strike force of Nicky Maynard and Danny Rose can continue their red hot form. The pair have scored five of their six league goals so far this season will be hoping for more on Tuesday night. Dempster commented on the pair and their goals to mansfieldtown.netthat Rose goal was top drawer, the finish of a striker, he’s playing with confidence and freedom. The sniffer dog Nick Maynard is in and around the penalty area and it’s a very clever finish. To hit it like he did was trademark Maynard”.

  • Scored in 12 of their last 13 competitive home games
  • Scored two or more in six of those games

Despite just coming up from the conference, Dempster is fully aware of the threat that Orient could pose them on Tuesday. Speaking to mansfieldtown.net they are a physically big side but they play possession football so they will pose us different challenge in those areas. We’ll be looking to put our game plan in place and we’ll respect them”.

  • Only lost one of their last eight games against Newly promoted sides
  • Unbeaten in last four home games against promoted sides, winning three

Team News

Mansfield will be without the duo of Dion Donhoue and Jacob Mellis after they were suspended after a breach of club discipline on Monday. Neil Bishop will have a fitness following a bruised achilles. Craig Davies and Bobby Olejnik still remain out injured. Matt Preston will serve the last game of his suspension.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 24, Draw 14, Mansfield Town 14

Last Meeting – 28/01/2017 – Mansfield Town 2-0 Leyton Orient

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The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Mansfield have only won two of the 11 meetings – W2  D2  L7
  • Mansfield have only won one of their last five home games – W1  D2  L2
  • Mansfield did the league double in 2016/2017
  • Only one of the last nine meetings has ended in a draw

Last Time Out – Carlisle 0-2 Mansfield Town, 17/08/2019

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Starting 11 vs Carlisle

Prediction – Mansfield Town 1-1 Leyton Orient

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“We Just Have to Ride Out This Storm”

Stevenage manager Dino Maarmria is in optimistic mood ahead of his sides trip to Leyton Orient on Saturday. Boro are still without a win this season after defeat in midweek but the 48 year old is keen for his side to gain their first points at the Breyer Group Stadium. Speaking to stevenagefc.comI think it will make us stronger. We are still very ambitious, we just have to ride out this storm, get ourselves together and focus on the next game”.

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Stevenage’s Next Six Games

Boro fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Southend United in the Carbao Cup on Tuesday night; their third consecutive loss of the season. Dean Parrett put them ahead in the first half before a second half double from Charlie Kelman inflicted another defeat for Boro.

Stevenage Last 3

Stevenage’s Last Three Results

After a bright end to last season finishing 10th in League, Maamria’s men have struggled and after three straight defeats means it is their worst start since 2006. Despite sitting without a win Maamria is still confident on his side ability, speaking to stevenagefc.comthe start is not ideal at all, this is new to me, I have never lost three games in a row. There is a lot of learning to do but there are a lot of circumstances”.

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Stevenage 2006 Start to Season

Boro’s squad has been decimated with injuries at the start of the season and they ended Tuesday’s game with ten men after further injuries. Despite the availability of his squad Maamria knows his side still need to get back to winning ways. Speaking to stevenagefc.com We have got 11 injured players injured in a small squad and it is always going to have an effect. We have been forced to change the team too many times. I have been talking to the players about winning though and we have to put that aside”.

Stevenage travel to an Orient side who are without a win since the opening day and Maamria is doing all he can to find the solutions to get them off the mark. Speaking to stevenagefc.com I want to emphasis is we have got we have got and we have to win with what we have got. It is easy for a manager to put yourself in the comfort zone and find a million reasons why you aren’t winning. I am looking for reasons to win”.

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Stevenage Last Lost Four Games In a Row

Maamria praised the response of the fans after their defeat on Tuesday and the former Nuneaton manager highlights that everyone needs to be together in order to turn their form around. Speaking to stevenagefc.comthe fans have been fantastic, they understand, Stevenage fans know the clubs inside out, They know the problems we have but they have been backing us throughout”. He added “in these tough periods, we have to stay together and the fans are a fundamental part of what we do”.

Boro have lost their last four trips to Leyton Orient but the 48 year old is positive of his sides chances in E10 on Saturday. Speaking to stevenagefc.com “I will pick a team tomorrow and I am confident that the team is going to put on a performance for our fans and there are going to win the game. That is where we are right now and it puts me in a very positive frame of mind approaching game tomorrow”.

Team News

Stevenage are without a long list of absentees due to injury. The quartet of Dean Parrett, Scott Cuthbert, Emmanuel Sonupe and Charlie Carter are all doubts after coming off injured in Tuesday’s defeat to Southend.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 7, Draw 2, Stevenage 4

Last Meeting – 28/02/2017 – Stevenage 4-1 Leyton Orient 

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Stevenage have only won one of the last six meetings between sides – W1  D1  L4
  • Stevenage are without a clean sheet in last nine contests
  • Boro have lost their last four games at the Breyer Group – scoring 1, conceding 11
  • Boro last won away to Orient, 21/08/2012 – Orient 0-1 Stevenage

Last Time Out – Stevenage 1-2 Southend, 13/08/2019

Stevenage vs Southend

Starting 11 vs Southend

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-0 Stevenage

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“A Game Tomorrow to Get Back to Winning Ways”

Leyton Orient assistant intern coach Danny Webb is looking for his side to bounce back at home to Stevenage after back to back defeats. The O’s host Stevenage on Saturday and Webb is hopeful of a return to winning ways. Speaking to the O’s Show we’ve done a lot of travelling, unfortunately two defeats but luckily we have a game tomorrow to get back to winning ways”.

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Orient’s Next Six Games

The O’s fell to their second defeat in four days on Tuesday with a 2-0 away defeat to Plymouth in the Carabao Cup thanks to goals from Callum McFadzean and Dominic Telford. Interim Head Coach Ross Embleton described the performance to leytonorient.com first and foremost we were beaten by a team tonight, they will take some going to stop them”

Orient Last 3

Orient’s Last Three Games

Orient are not using to losing back to back games but despite the defeats Embleton highlighted the learning curve his side are going on. Following five goals conceded in the last weeks, Embleton stated to leytonorient.com we’ve learnt a lot from the last two games, everyone is coming to terms with if you make an error, you get punished. Although we were second best tonight, we have given a couple of goals away”.

  • First back to back defeats since March 2018
  • Not lost three games in a row since September 2017

The O’s struggled to create in their last two away games and have only netted once in three games this season. Embleton is aware his sides needs to improve and produce more chances in front of goal. Speaking to leytonorient.com what we need to do now is start to build more in the opposition half, having more shots on goal. We need to be more of threat, we are a little bit careful around the box”. He added “we can be more positive and aggressive around the box”.

Despite Orient only winning one of their opening three games, Webb was keen to take the positives from the performances and acknowledges it is better to learn from their mistakes early on in the season. Speaking to O’s Show there were a lot of positives from Macclesfield and Plymouth, after a while we need to turn positives into points, that’s what is all about. We would rather have things to learn from and improve on two or three games in rather than 20″.

The O’s host Stevenage who are without a win so far this season and Webb highlights his side should not underestimate Boro. Speaking to O’s ShowStevenage have lost their first three games, it means nothing. If anything makes it harder, they will see it sooner or later they will get a win. We need to make sure it’s not tomorrow, we will only do it by sticking to the game plan and approaching game professionally”.

  • Orient are unbeaten in their last eight home games – W6  D2
  • Only lost one of their last 11 home games – W8  D2  L1

Team News

Jamie Turley, James Dayton and Jobi McAnuff remain sidelined. Sam Ling should return in defence in place of Myles Judd. James Brophy is pushing for a start in an attacking role after Joe Widdowson’s return from injury.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 7, Draw 2, Stevenage 4

Last Meeting – 28/02/2017 – Stevenage 4-1 Leyton Orient

Head to Head

Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Orient have only lost one of the last six meetings – W4  D1  L1
  • Orient have scored in last nine meetings with Stevenage
  • Orient have won last four games at home – scoring 11, conceding 1
  • Orient’s last defeat at home, 21/08/2012 – Orient 0-1 Stevenage

Last Time Out – Plymouth 2-0 Leyton Orient , 13/08/2019

Orient at Plymouth

Starting 11 at Plymouth

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-0 Stevenage

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