“It’s Really Important the Fans Stick with the Team”

Leyton Orient manager Andy Edwards has urged the fans to stick with the team in their fight for  League Two survival. The O’s languish in 21st position, just two points above the relegation zone with Edwards keen that the club pulls together to ensure they retain their Football League Status.

  • League Record – P26  W7  D4  L15  F28  A39
  • Away Record – P12  W4  D3  L5  F16  A19
  • Last Away Results – LLLLWLLW
  • Form in last eight (league) – W2  D1  L5  F8  A16
  • Form in all competitions – LLLDWLWLLLW

The O’s are embroiled in a relegation fight after another season of turmoil in E10 but Edwards knows that the most important part come the end of the season is “making sure we stay in this division come May”Speaking to leytonorient.com earlier today (Friday) Edwards stated “the fans role can be massive, we know how difficult it has been, there is a lot of frustration and unsettlement but it is really important they stay with team and the team give them something to cheer about”.

  • Have failed to score in nine league games – three away
  • Only failed in one of their last five games (4-0 vs Exeter, 02/01/16)
  • Have failed to score in two of their last three away games
  • Only scored two or more in 7/26 games and 5/12 away games
  • Only scored two ore more in one of their last 10 games (3-2 vs Crawley, 26/12/16)
  • Have scored 17 of their 28 goals in the second half

Orient’s game last weekend at home to Morecambe was postponed due to a frozen pitch but only Accrington and Newport gained on them. The O’s are winless in 2017 after three consecutive losses and Edwards knows that it is a vital game at Mansfield tomorrow, “the players want to playing games, it another tough one, but they are all tough at the moment. We play one of Steve Evans sides, they will certainly be no fools, it will be a real test”.

  • Both teams have scored in 14 of their 26 games and eight of their 12 away games
  • Both teams have scored in four of their last five games
  • Four of their seven wins have been by just one goal
  • Nine of their 15 losses have been by just one goal
  • Have only led in one of their last six games

Orient face Steve Evans for the time since their League One play off final defeat to Rotherham in 2014. Edwards on Evans “he has had success wherever he has been, whatever club he has gone to he has brought success. He has given Mansfield a lift”.

  • Orient record against current top half – P15  W2  D3  L10  F13  A25
  • Away record – P8  W2  D2  L4

Goalkeeper Alex Cisak understands the importance of the game at the One Call Stadium tomorrow, “we need to go on Saturday and get a win. We are in a relegation battle, there are no excuses, we need to kick on and get a result. Speaking to leytonorient.com the Austrailian was frustrated that his side couldn’t respond to their defeat to Portsmouth last weekend but a couple of weeks on the training pitch has helped.

  • Only kept four clean sheets in the league  – two away
  • No clean sheet in their last six – conceding 13 goals
  • Kept one clean sheet in last 10 – 1-0 vs Accrington, 10/12/16
  • No clean sheet in last four away games, only one in last nine (3-0 vs Colchester, 12/11/16)

Cisak highlights that the side has been working on defending in training, “we haven’t defended well all season, we have been conceding too many goals so we have been a lot of work on that. We also worked on our finishing so hopefully it all comes together tomorrow”

  • Have conceded two or more in four of their last five games
  • Have conceded two or more in three of their last four away games
  • Have conceded 27 of their 39 goals in the second half – including 15 of 19 away
  • No team in League Two has conceded more goals (11) between minutes 46-60 

With their rearranged game against Morecambe set for February 7th, Orient play seven games in the month which Cisak knows could be key”if you can get a couple of wins on the go, you can get some momentum with games coming thick and fast, it could be a  good month for us”.

  • Record scoring first – W6  D2  L1        Away  W3  D2  L1
  • Have only lost one of their last 19 games – W16  D2  L1                                                   (loss at Doncaster 3-1, 26/11/16)
  • Have only lost one of their last 14 away games  – W8  D5  L1   
  • Record conceding first – W1  D1  L14       away W1  L4
  • Have only won one of their last 27 games – W1  D3  L23    (3-0 away win vs Hartlepool, 22/10/16)
  • Have only won one of their last 20 away games – W1  D6  L13

 

Mansfield host Orient tomorrow, on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in the Checkatrade trophy on Tuesday night. It was the Stags first defeat of 2017 but they remain unbeaten since Boxing day in the league. Mansfield last league match saw them come from behind against Cambridge United last weekend to move to within three points off the play off places.

  • 12th on 37 points
  • League Record – P27   W9  D10  L8   F29  A30
  • Home Record – P14  W5  D5  L4  F15  A10
  • Last home results – LWWDLDWWL
  • Form in last eight (league) – W3  D3  L2  F8  A5
  • Form all competitions – LWDWWWDLLD

Midfielder Joel Bryom felt his side controlled proceedings at Cambridge, speaking post match to mansfieldtown.net “I though it was a good performance, in the second half we scored at good times and saw the game out well”. The Stags have only lost two of their last eight and Byrom is keen for his side to continue with the same type of performance “that is the standard we are looking to get in week in week out. Not many teams have come to Cambridge and taken three points. They have been on a great run since November so it was a great three points”.

  • Have the joint best defensive record at home in League Two with Yeovil and Wycombe – conceding just ten goals
  • Have kept eight clean sheets – five at home
  • No clean sheet in their last two
  • But have kept four clean sheets in six games in 2017
  • Kept two clean sheets in their last three home games

Manager Steve Evans was appointed in November and has taken his side from 19th to 12th, since his appointment Mansfield have taken 18/33 points. Evans has looked to add to his squad in January, speaking to mansfieldtown.net on Thursday, “we are all working hard to get players here, the chairman has bent over backwards to try and make things happen. We have an excellent group, we want to strengthen the competition in certain areas”

  • Have failed to score in ten league games (5 home) – only Notts County (11) have failed to score in more
  • Only failed to score in one of their six games in 2017
  • Have scored in their last four home games
  • Have scored two or more in only seven of 27 League games
  • But have scored two or more in three of their last six games

Despite the defeat on Tuesday, Evans referred back to their win last weekend, “the boys have worked hard in their preparation for every game, we echoed that after Cambridge, we won a game, no big celebrations. We have to go back and work hard on the training pitch”. He continued “we prepare properly to make sure players are focused and try to get competition around the pitch We are slowly getting it, we have come along way from 19th, we can look up and see the play offs, every game is vital none more so than Saturday”.

  • Both teams have scored in 13 of their 27 league games and six of their 14 home games
  • Both teams have scored in their last two games
  • Only five of their nine wins have been by just one goal
  • Only four of their eight defeats have been by just one goal
  • Three of their last four win have been to nil

With Mansfield chairman issuing a buy one get one free ticket offer, the Stags are hoping for a bumper crowd at the One Call Stadium. Evans stated “it is fantastic for the players, they get the benefit, there is nothing better than the supporters right behind you. I have come here as an opposing manager, when the fans get behind the team it is great. We need them if we are going to have a run into the playoffs”

  • Have scored 22 of their 29 goals in the second half including 14 of their 15 home goals
  • No team has scored more goals between minutes 46-60 in League Two (10/29) and 8/15 home goals
  • Have conceded 19 of their 30 goals in the second half – including 12 in the final 15 minutes of games
  • Mansfield would sit 8th if games finished on 75 minutes

Evans described Orient as “a formidable wounded animal”, the Mansfield boss stated “they have one of the best squads on paper in the league, nothing is ever won on paper but they are capable and we have to be ready for the stern test that they bring”.

  • Record against current bottom half – P15  W8  D5  L3  F20  A11
  • Home form – P8  W5  D1  L2

Evans is aware that Orient’s performances have shown more passion since Andy Edwards’s appointment but understands the prize on offer, “they have good players, by evidence and footage they have gone up a notch for their new manager, they will come here whole hearted, they have individuals who can play but we know the rewards for ourselves. We could be bouncing into the top eight and nine, we are only going to get stronger as the season continues, it is a relatively new team and one that can only get better”.

  • Record scoring first – W8  D5  L1        home W5  D2
  • Have only lost one of their last 21 league games – W12  D8  L1                                                         (Carlisle 5-2 away, 26/11/16)
  • Are unbeaten in their last 34 home league games scoring first – W25  D9
  • Last lost at home in the League when scoring first – 21/12/13 – Accrington 3-2
  • Record Conceding first – W1  D1  L7    Home D1  L4
  • Their victory over Cambridge was their first in 16 league games – W1  D2  L13
  • Have lost five of their last seven home
  • Last won 20/02/16, 3-2 vs Dagenham

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without midfielder Robbie Weir who is their only long term absentee. Liam Kelly is nearing full fitness but will be unavailable tomorrow while midfielder Nigel Atagana is hoping to be back while defender Yvan Erichot is their only doubt. Sammy Moore looks set to continue in midfielder after impressing at Porstmouth last time out.

Mansfield will be without defenders George Taft and Kyle Howkins who remain injured while Evans should have a relatively full squad to pick from.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient  24     Draw    14        Mansfield  13

Last Meeting  – 27/08/16 – Leyton Orient 1-2 Mansfield

  • The defeat was Orient’s first since 2001, a run of ten games
  • Orient have won seven of the last ten meetings between the sides
  • Orient are unbeaten on their last four trips to Mansfield, W2 (both 1-0), D 2 (both 1-1)
  • Four of the last six meetings have seen both teams score
  • Three of the last six meetings have ended 1-0
  • Mansfield last beat Orient at home 05/10/01 – 3-2

Prediction – Mansfield 2-1 Leyton Orient

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“I am Ready to Roll my Sleeves Up”

Leyton Orient midfielder Sammy Moore insists he is more than up for the challenge of keeping his side in League Two. Moore returned to the O’s this week after a six month loan spell with Dover Athletic and is keen to hit the ground running at Portsmouth tomorrow afternoon.

  • Sit 21st on 25 points
  • League Record  – P25 W7 D4 L14  F27  A37
  • Away Record – P11  W4  D3  L4  F15  A17
  • Last away results – LLLWLLW
  • Form in last eight league games – W2  D1 L5  F7  A15
  • Form all competitions (most recent first) – LLDWLWLLLW

Moore goes straight into the squad ahead of the trip to fourth placed Pompey and insists that he is delighted to be back. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it is brilliant to be back, I had a good loan spell at Dover but now the time is right to come back and hit the ground running to try and pick up some wins”. Despite the position Orient find themselves in, Moore is looking to brighten the mood around Brisbane Road “there is some good talent here, we just have to find a way of winning. I have come back to bring some life to the place and give some confidence and belief to the team”.

  • Have kept just four clean sheets in 25 league games
  • Only Notts C (2) and Cheltenham (3) have kept less in League Two
  • Without a clean sheet in last five games
  • Only kept one clean sheet in their last nine – (1-0 vs Accrington, 10/12/16)
  • Without a clean sheet in last three away games – keeping just two in 11 away league matches this season

Moore left Orient in August when they sitting comfortably in the table however results have left Orient just four points above the relegation zone. But Moore knows that despite their position, “it’s football we have to get on with it. There are lots of games left to pick up points, we have a good nucleus here. The main thing was to add some competition in there. I am hungry to do well and want to do well just like the fans and that starts Saturday”.

  • Orient have taken just 18 points from 60 available since the end of August
  • Failed to score in nine of 25 League games – only Exeter (10) have failed to score in more
  • Failed to score in two of last five matches – both away from home
  • Failed to score in four of their last six away games in all competitions
  • Only scored two or more goals in a game in one of their last nine games
  • Both teams have scored in 13 of their 25 league games, seven of their 11 away games and three of their last four games
  • Record against top half teams – P14  W2  D3  L9
  • Away record – P7  W2  D2  L3

Orient fell to their second successive defeat against Barnet last weekend and manager Andy Edwards knows that the challenge of Portsmouth is a big one. Edwards was disappointed with the manner of the goals conceded against Barnet and insisted that the first goal was a big blow. Speaking to leytonorient.com on Friday “the goal on the hour mark was tough and we didn’t give ourselves a chance as we conceded the second so quickly”

  • Have scored 17 of their 27 goals in the second half of games
  • Their last two goals and three of their last six have been scored in the second period
  • Ten of their 15 away goals scored have been in the second half
  • Only one of their last nine away goals has been scored in the first half
  • Have conceded 26 of their 37 goals in the second half – including 12 of their last 14
  • No team has conceded less first half way goals than Orient (3)
  • Orient have trailed for 157 minutes in their last three games

Orient won at Fratton Park last season and Moore is hoping his side and recreate a similar performance tomorrow, “it doesn’t come much tougher , they will be a strong test. We went there last year and won 1-0. It was a great team performance, we need to replicate that on Saturday. We need points quickly as we are in a dog fight and I am ready to roll my sleeves up and give 100%”

  • Record scoring first – W6  D2  L1    Away W3  D2  L1
  • Only lost one of their last 19 league games scoring first – W16 D2  L1
  • Defeat came at Doncaster, 3-1, 26/11/16
  • Have only lost one of their last 14 away league matches – W8  D5  L1

Edwards is hoping that his players can step up to the occasion “it is a real tough one for us, it is a good game for the players with the size of stadium and the amount of fans. They are flying high again, but it is a game we look forward to. They have some exceptional players and a squad full of depth but we will give everything we have got”.

  • Record conceding first – W1  D1  L13   Away  W1  L3
  • Have lost six of their last seven games conceding first
  • Their only win was a 3-1 win at Hartlepool, 22/10/16
  • Have won just one of their last 26 league games – W1  D3  L22
  • The win at Hartlepool was their only win in their last 19 away league matches              – W1  D6  L2

 

Porstmouth head into tomorrow’s clash with Orient on the back of a 3-1 away defeat to promotion rivals Doncaster Rovers. It was Pompey’s first defeat in six as they look to bridge the gap between themselves and the top three. Paul Cook’s men sit just four points behind third placed Carlisle as they look to force their way into the automatic places.

  • Sit 4th on 42 points
  • League Record – P25  W12  D6  L7  F38  A25
  • Home Record – P11  W6  D2  L3  F23  A10
  • Last home results – WDLWWLLDL
  • Form in last eight league games – W4  D2  L2  F10  A8
  • Form in all competitions (most recent result first) – LWDWDWLWDWWL

Cook was very disappointed with the start his side made at the Keepmoat in their last outing. Speaking to portsmouthfc.co.uk the first ten minutes we never started the game, for a big game against the league leaders live on sky, we didn’t show the game any respect. You couldn’t make it up we lacked aggression in our game”.

  • Only Wycombe (8) have conceded less goals at home than Portsmouth
  • Have kept 11 clean sheets in 25 games- the most in League Two
  • Only Yeovil (7) have kept more clean sheets at home than Portsmouth (5)
  • Have kept four clean sheets in their last six games
  • Have kept four clean sheets in their last five home games in all competitions 

However despite falling behind, Kai Naismith leveled for Pompey who were more than a match for Rovers, “after the first 10 minutes and the goal, I thought we were excellent and took control of the game. We dominated a very good side right up until half time. But to lose 3-1 to say we are not happy is a under statement”. He added “we have the ability to self destruct if we give the ball away as cheaply as we do. We are about being positive and aggressive but some of the passes and decision making from the lads was poor” stated Cook

  • Have failed to score in five of the 25 league games – only one at home
  • Have failed to score in 2 of their last five games 
  • Only scored two or more in one of their last seven games – 3-2 away at Newport
  • Both teams have scored in 12 of their 25 games, six of their 11 home games and just two of their last six games

With just under half a season remaining Cook knows his side need to continue in their beliefs and keep going with plenty of points left on offer. The main concern for Cook was “concentrating on ourselves, when you want success you have to go and get it. If you come off the pitch waiting for someone to lose you are not in a good place”. Continuing in his interview with portsmouthfc.co.uk “We have got to grasp it with games, we have 12 at Fratton and nine away, the league table doesn’t show it today but in my opinion we have it in our own hands”.

  • Have scored 20 of their 38 in the second half
  • Have netted 15 goals (8 at home) in the last 15 minutes of games- the most in League Two
  • Portsmouth would sit 11th if games ended on 75 minutes – they have gained 10 points in the final 15 minutes of games
  • 16 of their 23 home goals have been scored in the final 15 minutes of both halves (27/38 total)
  • Only 11 of their 38 goals have been scored by strikers, 22 have come from midfielders

Midfielder  Carl Baker understands that tomorrow’s game is one that his side are expected to win against a side struggling at the bottom of the table. Speaking to portsmouthfc.co.uk earlier today “if we want to get promoted automatically this season then these are the fixtures you have to take all three points from”.

  • Record against current bottom half teams – P12  W4  D4  L4
  • Home record – P5 W2  D1  L2

Baker started against Orient earlier in the season and acknowledges that they will offer a test tomorrow, “they gave us a really good test at their place and you can tell they have a good side when you look at the players they’ve got”. But Baker expects Orient to adopt similar tactics to most teams visiting Fratton Park this season, “I’m sure they will look to sit behind the ball and make life difficult for us. It important we stay patient and keep believing we can get the opening goal because it forces them to come out”.

  • Record scoring first – W8    home W4
  • Have kept a clean sheet in their last 10 games scoring the first goal
  • Have only lost one of their last 21 league games – W18  D2  L1 (Plymouth 2-1, 16/04/16) – keeping 15 clean sheets
  • Only lost one of their last 21 home league games – W17  D3 L1

Cook has urged his players to “stand up and see what we can do for the fans” acknowledging the great support in recent weeks. But Cook is not under estimating Orient tomorrow, “the games are tough for everyone, if you don’t respect your opposition at any level of football then you will get beat. Orient have some fantastic players, they have had a lot of disruptions in their season”. Important for Cook is “to concentrate on each fixture as it comes along. We will pick teams to wins games and if we can do that on Saturday in a tough game then we will be in a healthier position”.

  • Record conceding first – W4  D3  L7          home W2 D1 L3
  • Have conceded first 14 times this season – 11 times in the opening 30 minutes of matches
  • Have lost their last three home matches
  • But no team in League Two has taken more points (15) after conceding the first goal in a match

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without  Liam Kelly, Robbie Weir and Sam Dalby who all remain sideline through injury. Midfielder Sandro Semedo returns to the squad after missing the last two matches while fellow midfielder Sammy Moore is available after returning from his loan spell.

Curtis Main is the only absentee for Portsmouth with Paul Cook stating to portsmouthfc.co.uk “we will let the team do the talking, by Saturday the fans should be happy with the team they see on the pitch”.

Head to Head- Leyton Orient 13     Draw    13       Portsmouth 16

Last meeting – 08/10/16 – Leyton Orient 0-1 Portsmouth

  • Orient have won six of the last seven meetings
  • It was Portsmouth first victory since 1996
  • Orient have won on their last three trips to Fratton Park, most recently 1-0 February 2016
  • Four of the last seven meetings have ended 1-0
  • Six of the last seven wins have been just by a one goal margi
  • Orient last lost at Fratton Park in 1976, a 2-1 loss
  • Three of the last six have seen both teams score
  • Porsmouth last beat Orient at home 20/08/1996, 2-0 win in League Cup

Prediction – Portsmouth 3-0 Leyton Orient

 

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Santos at the Double as O’s Hit for Three

Two second half goals from new signing Ricardo Santos helped move Barnet into the play off places. Santos struck twice in the space of three second half minutes to put Barnet on their way to victory at Brisbane Road. The first he tapped home following a fumble from O’s keeper Alex Cisak before converting a low cross from Nana Kyei just minutes later. Paul McCallum headed home from a corner with 11 minutes left but Curtis Weston wrapped up victory in stoppage time.

Following their heavy defeat at Exeter on Monday, manager Andy Edwards made two changes to his side. Teddy Mezague returned from injury in place of Myles Judd as the defence reshuffled. While Josh Koroma was handed a start with Ollie Palmer dropping to the bench.

orient-vs-barnet-home

After beating the then league leaders Plymouth on Monday, the interim management team of Rossi Eames and Henry Newman named an unchanged side. Ricardo Santos continued in defence after his £100,000 move from Peterborough this month. While Simeon Akinola partnered top scorer John Akinde in attack.

barnet-starting-11-vs-orient

Both sides looked to push forward in the opening exchanges with Barnet creating the first opportunity. After Michael Collins lost possession in the midfield, Curtis Weston crossed but the ball flashed just in front of John Akinde at the back post.

Orient were playing with Collins just behind Paul McCallum in attack with the former Huddesfield looking to create. His ball to Josh Koroma on the left saw the youngster cut in but Jamie Stephens saved his effort but Nigel Atangana’s follow up was blocked. The save was Stephens last action with the keeper forced off through injury; Josh Vickers replaced him.

The game started to settled down and it was the busy Collins who nearly struck the opener. After nicking the ball in midfield, Collins advanced to the Barnet area but his fierce 20 yard shot was tipped around the post by Vickers. The Bees responded from a quick free kick, Mauro Vilhete cut back on to his right foot, his cross found Akinde at the back post but his header back across goal evaded his strike partner Simeon Akinola.

barnet-out-of-possession

Eames and Newman ensured that when their team lost the ball, they reverted to a 4-4-1-1 formation with Akinola sitting behind Akinde giving them extra man in the middle. As soon as play turned above Akinola was away supporting Akinde, with this almost creating the opening goal. A ball forward found Akinde, he chested to Weston in midfield, Weston’s ball behind Orient’s defence found the run of Akinola who forced Cisak into a fine save down to his right.

Barnet were beginning to get on top with Akinde causing Orient all kinds of problems at the back. The front man had too much strength and power for Tom Parkes, he advanced in to the penalty area, his initial shot was blocked before he inadvertently knocked the ball out on the rebound. Within minutes Akinde was at it again, shrugging off Yvan Erichot to leave a one on one with Cisak but Barnet’s top scorer hit his effort wide.

Cisak was called  into action again when he had to tip a Mauro Vilhete effort around the post after the wing was allowed too much space to advance into the penalty area. However the sides went in level at the break.

After the break, the game opened up but Gavin Massey’s mazy run could only see the former Colchester winger fire over. However, the danger was clear to see with the Bees pace and power on the break causing Orient problems. Akinde’s run forward was picked out but his cross into the center was headed just wide by Vilhete as Barnet pushed for the opener.

Just past the hour mark, the Bees seized the advantage and took the lead. Following a corner, O’s keeper Alex Cisak fumbled collecting the cross leaving Ricardo Santos the easy opportunity to slot home from close range. The Bees were buzzing after taking the lead and doubled their lead just three minutes later by Santos. After great work on the left by Nana Kyei saw the youngster easily beat Collins before crossing to Santos to turned home.

Edwards threw on Ollie Palmer and Ulrich Nnomo in search of a response from his side. Palmer saw an effort blocked for a corner before they did pull one back. A Callum Kennedy corner found the head of Paul McCallum who beat Vickers to give Orient a hope of rescuing something from the game.

However Orient struggled to create in the final ten minutes with Barnet wrapping up victory in stoppage time. A break away saw former Orient loanee Jamal Campbell Rice strike the bar leaving Curtis Weston with an easy chance to slot home, inflicted Orient’s second defeat of 2017.

Another defeat, the second of 2017 and the number will undoubtedly grow in the rest of the season. The question on everybodies lips on exiting Brisbane Road yesterday, was how many would Portsmouth score next weekend?

A fair few you would expect after the defending so far in 2017 in evidence from O’s back line. Where do the problems lie? I don’t think anybody has enough time to list all of the problems from top to bottom at Brisbane Road. The main one currently is the players are not good enough and the squad is unbearably thin. There is no depth in the squad, I appreciate that Robbie Weir and Liam Kelly are both injuried but the same holes in the squad have been there since pre season.

Orient went one up front yesterday and I pretty sure that if Cavasin or Hessenthaler had done that, they would be majorly cristized. But with Collins behind McCallum it did offer something going forward but obviously never enough to beat Barnet. Josh Koroma was bright and lively on the wing, showing Sandro Semedo how to do the basics right.

With news of Bechetti’s lost of interest in the club and him wanting to sell Orient , it should only be a good thing. Andy Edwards stated post match that they will have to work with this group and he has tried to bring in players but they have gone to other clubs. Bechetti’s experiment has been a major fail, relegated a club from the third tier then seeing them very close to dropping through the non league trap door.

Orient need points and points fast, I don’t care how we get them or where we get them. But the ultimate aim is to preserve our football league status because at the current moment it is under severe jeopardy. The confidence has been ripped from the side after two positive results over Christmas, results I couldn’t care less about the performance as points is all Orient need at the moment. The squad looked dejected when ever we go behind taking just four points from a possible 15 games conceding the first goal. 

Anyway, good news Portsmouth away next weekend, but Orient need to pick themselves up from another defeat to show some fight, passion and commitment in front of their supporters next week. If we lose which I expect most Orient fans are expecting, I want to see my team fight and play for the badge on the front of the shirt. They can move on at the start of the season, supporters will always be left….. 

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“The Home Form has Improved and Hopefully We can Carry it on”

Leyton Orient defender Myles Judd is hoping his side can bounce back from their 4-0 defeat against Exeter on Monday. The O’s had taken four points over Christmas until the trip to Devon but the O’s academy graduate is looking for his side to continue their improving home form against Barnet tomorrow.

  • Sit 20th on 25 points
  • League Record – P24  W7  D4  L13  F26  A34
  • Form last eight (league) – W2  D1  L5  F7  A14
  • Form all competitions (most recent first) – LDWLWLLLW
  • Only won two of 13 games against top half sides – W2  D3  L8
  • Won none of six games at home – D1  L5

17 year old Judd made his league debut back in November and has been a regular at right back ever since. Judd is one of many Orient youngsters being given an opportunity to shine by manager Andy Edwards who is looking to steer his side away from the relegation zone. Speaking earlier to leytonorient.com Judd is enjoying the experience  “I am really enjoying working with Andy and Danny in the first team. Danny has been my coach for the last four years and Andy has always been around so it helped me settle in nice and quickly”.

  • Have kept just four clean sheets in 24 league games
  • Without a clean sheet in their last four
  • Kept just one clean sheet in last 11 home games – 1-0 Accrington, 10/12/16
  • Have only kept two clean sheets in the 16 games since reverse fixture vs Barnet

Judd who has made the step up from academy football stated “feeling settled in the first team environment, all the senior boys have been great in making me feel welcome”. Judd has found the transition tough “it is certainly faster paced and more physical but I feel I am progressing with every game I play”.

  • Have failed to score in nine of 24 league games – only Exeter (10) have failed in more
  • Failed to score in six of their 13 home league games – most in League
  • Failed to score in two of their last four games but scored in their last three home games
  • Only scored two or more in seven of their 24 games and two of their 13 home games
  • Have only scored two or more in three of their last 17 league matches

The 4-0 defeat to Exeter on Monday was Orient’s first in three games and Judd was disappointed with how his side started the new year but is looking ahead to Barnet, “hopefully we can bounce back from that defeat and keep our recent good run at home”. Orient are unbeaten in their last three home games after setting a club record of eight straight defeats with Judd hoping to build on their recent results “it has been better at home so we need to keep that going for as long as possible”.

  • Home Record – P13  W3  D1  L9  F11  A17
  • Last home results (most recent first) – DWWLLLLLLLL
  • Only Exeter (9) have scored less at home
  • Only Notts County, Accrington and Stevenage have led for less at home
  • Only Stevenage (11) have conceded first at home than Orient 

Andy Edwards was upset with the manner of the defeat in Devon on Monday and the failure of his side to build on their previous two results. Speaking after the loss to leytonorient.comit wasn’t good enough, the last 4-5 weeks we have focused on being hard to play against and we wasn’t that today”.

  • Both teams have scored in 12 of their 24 games and only five of their 13 home games
  • Have scored 16 of their 26 goals in the second half – two of their last five
  • Have conceded 23 of their 34 in the second half including ten between minutes 46-60 – The joint most with Notts County

Club Captain Nicky Hunt echoed the thoughts of his manager post match to leytonorient.com there are no excuses for today we were miles off it, the second half performance was not acceptable from any of us and it won’t happen again”. Despite the result, Hunt quickly looked ahead to the next game “we have eradicate it from our memory, this hurts but the more we think about it the more it will effect us. Clear it out of our heads and go all out for Barnet” .

  • Record scoring first – W6  D2  L1      home W3
  • Have won last eight home games
  • Only lost one of last 18 home games – W14  D3  L1   – Exeter 3-1, 16/01/16
  • Only lost one of their last 19 games – W16  D2  L1   Doncaster 26/11/16
  • Record Conceding first – W1  D1  L12       home D1  L9
  • Draw in last game vs Cambridge was Orient’s first point in 15 games – D1  L14
  • One win in last 25 games – W1  D3  L21   Hartlepool , 22/10/16
  • Only won one of last 22 home games – W1  D4  L17     Portsmouth, 26/12/15

Edwards is taking on Barnet for the second time as Orient manager tomorrow after taking charge of the first meeting between the sides in October and is expecting another tough test. “They are a good side, we drew 0-0 earlier in the season and it was a tough game. They have pushed on even further and have made a couple of signings. They have a strong squad, you just need to look at their bench with the strength in depth they have, it will be a real tough test”

  • After the sides met in early October both sat on 12 points, since then their points return:
  • Barnet taken 24 points from 14 games 
  • Orient taken 13 points from 13 games

 

Barnet head to Orient tomorrow following a 1-0 home win Plymouth on Monday thanks to a first half goal from Mauro Vilhete. The Bees have won five of their last seven games seeing them move to ninth position on 36 points, just two points outside of the play off places. The Bees have been steadily climbing the table despite the departure of Martin Allen in early December.

  • League Record – P24  W9  D9  L6  F33 A33
  • Form last eight (league) – W5 D1  L2  F11  A8
  • Form All Competitions (most recent first) – WLWWLWWWDD
  • Away Record – P12  W5  D4  L3  F18  A18
  • Last Away results (most recent first) – LWWWDLDWL

Rossi Eames and Henry Newman took over on an interim basis but three wins from five has seen the pair continue the work that Allen left behind. Eames and Newman have worked for several years at Barnet in Academy manager and youth development roles. The pair have managed together before with U18’s which saw them win Football League Youth Alliance two years ago.

  • Have kept eight clean sheets in 24 league matches
  • Kept their first clean sheet vs Plymouth in four league games
  • Kept four clean sheets in their last eight games – two away from home
  • Kept four in their 12 away league matches this season

Eames was delighted with the performance of his side against Plymouth, speaking post match to barnetfc.comOver the moon are the words, it was absolute fantastic performance in and out of possession, the amount of chances we created was excellent”. Eames was quick to acknowledge the performance of the whole team including new signings Simeon Akinola and Ricardo Santos.

  • Failed to score in only three of their League games
  • Only Carlisle and Doncaster have failed to score in less games in League 2
  • Are one of two sides (Fleetwood) in football league to have score in every away league match this season
  • Have scored in their last seven league games and 13 of their last 14 league games
  • Barnet last failed to score 19/11/16 – 0-0 draw with Crewe

Newman echoed Eames thoughts on the performance, describing it as one of the best performances I have seen”. Speaking to barnetfc.com “some of the work we did in possession of the football was a delight to watch and how the boys have taken on so much information in a short space of time is great”.

  • Barnet have scored in their last 21 away league matches
  • Last failed to score in an away league match 23/01/16 – 0-0 at Stevenage
  • Have scored two or more goals in ten of their 24 games – including six of 12 away
  • Only Carlisle, Exeter and Hartlepool (7) have more
  • Both team have scored in 15/24 games (four of last six) and eight of their 12 away games

With Newman and Eames background with the academy and youth teams, they utilised some of their younger players on Monday, something which Newman doesn’t see any problem with. “We don’t even think about age, if you are good enough, you are old enough. We have a big training group to pick from I don’t care if you are 18 or 36, if you are good enough to start you will, we have seen both ends of the spectrum”.

  • Have scored 21 of their 33 goals in the second half of games
  • Have netted 15 goals in the last 30 minutes of matches
  • However six of their last 11 goals score have been in the first half
  • Have conceded 17 of their 33 goals between minutes 31-60
  • No team in league two has concede more in that period
  • 11 of their 18 away goals have been conceded in that period and five of their last six

Barnet have already added four players to their squad this January with Simeon Akinola (Braintree), Ricardo Santos (Peterborough), David Tutonda (Cardiff) and Dan Sweeney (Maidstone). The addition to the squad have added quality to the squad and added competition to Newman. Speaking ahead of the trip to Orient to barnetfc.com “we have seen a lot of the players in the team wanting to keep their spot and others wanting to get back into the team. We want to make sure we are raising the calibre of the squad as a whole. Each player we bring in we are challenging the player in that position therefore raising the performance of everyone at the club”.

  • Have opened the scoring in 11 games this season
  • In six of these games the goal has been in the first 15 minutes – including two o their last three goals
  • Only Carlilse (7) and Colchester (8) have done it more
  • Have conceded the first goal in 11 games – 10 times in the first half

Both Eames and Newman are aware that Orient will want to rectify the wrongs of Monday but we are a good positive mind after the performance over Plymouth and we are looking to build on that straight away” They added “the challenge to us is being really focused on how we are playing our game, that’s what we did on Monday and why the performance was so good. If we do that against Orient we have a good chance”.

  • Barnet have only lost one of their 12 games against bottom half sides – W6  D5  L1
  • Defeat came vs Stevenage, 2-1
  • All three away defeats have come against teams in the top six

The pair describe Orient as “having an experience side with some players who have had good careers behind them with some younger players coming through aswell. They usually play a semi-traditional 4-4-2. They had two good results over the Christmas period at home against Crawley and a draw against Cambridge. I am sure they are looking to bounce back this weekend”.

  • Record scoring first – W7  D2  L2      away W5  D1 L1
  • Have won their last five, conceded just one goal
  • Have only lost one of their last 11 away games – W8  D2  L1
  • Loss came in 5-1 defeat at Portsmouth in September
  • Record Conceded first – W2  D5  L4        away W0  D3  L2
  • Winless in their last 13 away games
  • Only one win in their last 19 away matches – W1  D8  L10
  • Win came against Oxford – 24/10/15

Team News

Leyton Orient will be without midfielders Liam Kelly and Harry Cornick who remain absent. While first team captain Robbie Weir is out after tearing his ACL at Exeter on Monday. Sam Dalby, Teddy Mezague and Sandro Semedo all remain doubt ahead of the clash after missing the trip to Devon on Monday. Callum Kennedy could continue on the left side of midfield while striker Jay Simpson has asked to leave the club.

Edwards on Weir’s injury “it is a huge disappointment for Robbie, it is very unfortunate that he has picked up an injury which ends his season. We are very light on numbers in their with Nigel Atangana and Michael Collins our only senior central midfielders at the club”

Barnet will be without a quartet of players with Michael Gash, Shaun Batt, Ben Tomlinson and James Pearson all missing through injury. Defender Michael Santos should continue to partner Michael Nelson in defence after impressing on his debut. While Simeon Akinola should retain his place after making his debut in his side 1-0 win over Plymouth on Monday.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 9, Draw  8, Barnet 6

Last meeting – 01/10/16 – Barnet 0-0 Leyton Orient

  • Orient have only lost one of their last 11 meetings against Barnet – 09/04/16 Barnet 3-0 Orient – W5  D5  L1
  • Barnet have not beaten Orient in their last seven games in all competitions( D3 , L4), six in the league (D3 L3)
  • Their last victory at Brisbane Road came in 1997 in a 1-0 win
  • Barnet have only scored once in their last five trips to Brisbane Road
  • The away side has not scored in any of the last five meetings
  • The last three wins in the fixture have been to nil
  • Both teams have scored in none of the last five meetings
  • Both teams have scored in only one of the last five meetings at Brisbane Road

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Barnet

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New Year Slump in Devon

Leyton Otient slumped to their heaviest league defeat of the season away at Exeter yesterday afternoon. The Grecians when ahead after just four minutes when David Wheeler tapped in at the back post before Ryan Harley did the same at the start of the second half. Harley added a second from the spot after Tom Parkes fouled Ollie Watkins before second half substitute Liam McAlindon completed the scoring handing Exeter only their second home win of the season. 

Fresh from their 4-1 victory at Newport on New Years Eve, Paul Tisdale made four changes to his side with Reuben Reid back in attack in place of Liam McAlindon, Craig Woodman filled in at left back in place of Connor Riley Lowe. While Ryan Harley and Jordan Tillson started in midfield.

exeter-vs-orient

Orient who snatched a late point against Cambridge on New Years Eve were enforced into three changes. Teddy Mezague, Sandro Semedo and Sam Dalby all missed out after suffering injuries against Cambridge so Ollie Palmer started alongside Paul McCallum in attack, Yvan Erichot came in at center half while Callum Kennedy started on the right side of midfield.

os-at-exeter

In a fairly quiet opening couple of minutes Gavin Massey created the first opportunity for the away side after good link up down the right with Myles Judd, the winger found Paul McCallum but his header was saved by Christy Pym. The O’s found it hard to contain Reuben Reid earlier in the season at Brisbane Road and were having the same troubles once more but the Grecians striker could only fire wide.

However the home side didn’t have to wait long to open their account after a deep ball into the box was cleared. Two headers into the box found David Wheeler who had nipped off the right flank in front of Nicky Hunt to flick past Cisak to put his side ahead. Exeter were full of confidence with Reid having a field day in attack with no O’s defender getting close to the former Plymouth man.

It was Reid who created the next opportunity after his neat control at the back post saw him set up Ollie Watkins but the midfielder could only fire his shot wide. The long ball was causing Orient all sorts of problems with Cisak saving well after Watkins outpaced Myles Judd and shot.

The majority of Orient’s play was predictably down the right hand side with Massey and Judd linking up well but from a Judd cross, McCallum’s header was saved by Pym. But Exeter went very close to doubling their lead almost instantly. A long ball forward saw Reid knock down to Watkins, the midfielder broke beyond the Orient defence but his shot cannoned off the post. The rebound hit Tom Parkes who had to clear off the line to prevent a second.

Massey had the away sides last half chance of the half when he broke behind the Exeter back line but pulled his shot wide of Pym’s post.  Reid’s physical presence saw Ryan Harley have a shot blocked after a neat knock down before David Wheeler’s front post header from a corner was blocked by Yvan Erichot.

Orient were lucky to only be one down at the break but that margin only lasted for five minutes of the second half when Wheeler crossed from the right finding Harley at the back post to slot in. Josh Koroma was introduced from the O’s bench in place of Callum Kennedy but Orient still looked adrift of ideas in the attacking third.

Nigel Atangana fired over from outside the box before the Grecians were handed the opportunity to wrap up all three points. Substitute Liam McAlindon played in Watkins who broke behind the O’s defence but his run was halted by Tom Parkes, leaving referee Michael Salsibury no option but to point to the spot. Harley coolly stepped up and slotted home for number three.

Midfielder Robbie Weir replaced Ollie Palmer as Andy Edwards opted for a 4-5-1 system for the last 20 minutes. Koroma was a bright spark for the O’s with the youngster keen to get on the ball and run at Exeter. His mazy run from the left wing saw him have an effort on goal but it flew high and wide over Pym’s goal.

After suffering a 4-0 defeat at St James Park last year, the remains of the 259 travelling Orient fans were wondering if it was to happen again. Exeter duly obliged when Atangana’s poor pass was intercepted in midfield, substitute Robbie Simpson played McAlindon in who slotted between Cisak legs to make it four.

The O’s players looked dejected with the injury crisis mounting up when midfielder Robbie Weir went down under no pressure. Weir’s reaction along with McCallum’s would suggest on initial viewing that the signs do not look good. Adeboyejo replaced Weir as the remaining minutes went without any danger leaving Orient reeling in 20th spot, four points above the relegation zone while Exeter stay in 11th on 33 points.

After four points from the previous two games, where will this result leave Orient? Confidence in the squad looked once again shot in the second half as the team crumbled once more to a side who before kick off had scored only five goals at home and won only won game. I appreciate that they were a side in good form and on a good run, but these are the games that you need your side to turn up for. The O’s players looked off the pace and not switched on from the first minute.

Reuben Reid had another field day in attack, with the Orient back line unable to deal with a long ball forward and Ollie Watkins’s runs from deep. The man who scored a hat trick on New Years Eve with runs from deep alongside his goal at Brisbane Road against Leyton Orient in the same manner. Orient were lucky to only be 1-0 down at the break but the question remains what confidence will be left after another poor display.

The two home results were positive, I am not talking about the performances in the predicament Orient find themselves in  points come over performance any day of the week. Orient need points quick to keep the gap between the bottom two and themselves but with a squad that is increasingly relying on younger players to get them out of the mess, some of the experienced players need to take notice and step up to the plate.

Yesterday was a game where Exeter wanted the game more than Orient, the travelling fans who made the journey will all tell you that the writing was on the wall from the minute Reuben Reid fired wide after two minutes. Exeter were quickly, hungrier and first to every second ball throughout.

I don’t mind losing a game, just like most Orient fans, we get used to it. But when there is no fight, commitment or passion on the field, it is hard to take. Well the stats tell there own story, not one yellow card for an O’s player yesterday, no one who put a tackle in frustration. The team went down without a fight.

Andy Edwards was always given an uphill task inheriting the worst squad Orient have had in a number of years along with injuries to senior players, January is a massive month for him. I mean with Weir’s injury we have two central midfielders currently at the club with one who’s contract ends this month. However from Edwards post match interview, the initial signs do not look good for recruitment.

A disappointing day, a poor result, another defeat and I am sure I will be saying that several more times this season let alone this year. All Orient fans know the predicament that we find ourselves in, it might help if the players understand it too. Let it sink in for a moment that Colchester United who were utterly terrible against us in November are sitting 8th, two points outside the playoffs. Where as we sit four points above the bottom two………

Another home game Saturday against Barnet where points are needed but as I sit here with Accrington away tickets booked for a Tuesday night in March, you sometimes wonder why? 

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Ollie Strikes Late to Give Orient a Point

A 94th minute equalizer from Ollie Palmer handed Leyton Orient a precious point in their battle to beat the drop. Cambridge took a first half lead when Harrison Dunk slotted home from inside the area. Orient struggled to create in attacking areas with Cambridge wasting opportunities to seal the points from Dunk and Luke Berry. But Palmer’s low finish from Paul McCallum’s knock down sees Orient unbeaten in three home league games for the first time since December 2015.

Fresh from their 3-2 Boxing Day triumph, manager Andy Edwards named an unchanged O’s side. 17 year old goalscorer Sam Dalby retained his place alongside Paul McCallum with the pair netted all three O’s goals on Boxing Day. Callum Kennedy returned to the bench after missing the Crawley match.

orient-vs-cambridge

After five consecutive league wins, U’s manager Shaun Derry named an unchanged side for the third consecutive game. Winger Piero Mingoia continued on the right flank fresh from his winner against Stevenage on Boxing Day while Uche Ikpeazu was the main man in attack with Luke Berry playing slightly deeper.

cambridge-at-orient-1617

In a rather slow start neither side was able to gain a foothold on proceeding with possession changing hands on a constant basis. Paul McCallum headed wide following a Michael Collins free kick before the away side highlighted their danger. Luke Berry who was drifting into space throughout, cut back on to his right foot but his teasing cross just evaded Ikpeazu in the Orient penalty area.

Orient were slowly working their way in the game with 17 year old Sam Dalby creating the next opportunity for the hosts. His break away down the right saw the youngster cut back on his left foot but his cross was blocked. The loose ball fell to Myles Judd who’s cross was headed wide at the back post by McCallum.

Nicky Hunt’s volley from distance flew narrowly wide following a loose ball from McCallum long throw before Sandro Semedo had a great chance to put Orient ahead. Gavin Massey broke from the wide, his ball to McCallum was quickly shifted to Semedo on the left but his goal-bound shot was parried wide by Will Norris in the U’s goal with Brad Halliday clearing the loose ball.

As the game was opening up, the away side struck on 21 minutes, after a throw on the right hand side, Ikpeazu rolled Michael Collins. Nigel Atangana tackle saw the ball fall to Berry on the edge of the area, the midfielder scuffed his initial effort with Myles Judd tackling him to prevent him shooting. However, the ball fell to the unmarked Harrison Dunk who slotted home putting the U’s ahead.

Following the goal, Orient struggled to gain possession with Cambridge in control, Berry fired straight at Cisak from distance while Harrison Dunk could only shoot wide after a clever back heel from Berry. Orient were handed a blow when defender Teddy Mezague was replaced through injury with Yvan Erichot replacing him.

Neither manager made any changes to their sides at the break but Orient were still only making half chances through Massey and Judd down the right. Edwards was forced into a second change when Ollie Palmer replaced striker Sam Dalby was forced off with an ankle injury.

Shaun Derry’s men nearly added a second following a quick break from an O’s corner, Ikpeazu found Dunk on the left wing but the goalscorer could only drag his shot wide. Ikpeazu then saw an effort blocked after good pressure on the O’s defence. Orient did force Norris into a save but Paul McCallum could only head straight at the keeper following a Collins corner.

Ikpeazu had a goal ruled out for offside before another quick counter from the away side saw Dunk’s pull back find Berry on the edge of the box however a brilliant block saw the effort cleared away. Max Clark saw a effort from distance tipped behind by Alex Cisak before Dunk wasted a glorious opportunity to wrap up the three points. After Clark’s run forward was found by Mingoia through ball, the substitute crossed to Dunk at the back post but the winger saw his header clip the bar and go over.

Norris was still rarely troubled in the United goal with substitute Ollie Palmer only shooting tamely at him before Josh Koroma fired wide. However with Cambridge failing to put the game to bed, Palmer popped up in added time to stroke home after McCallum knock down to hand Orient a precious point and preventing a sixth straight league win for Cambridge.

Five games in and Andy Edwards and Danny Webb have finally got a team playing with some passion and for the badge on the front. The duo seen to blending some young blood with some experienced players and we are slowly starting to turn the corner. The mood is different around the group, management, stadium and fans; there is some belief that Orient can pick up a result.

To put in to perspective before yesterday’s game, the last 14 home league games Orient had conceded first they had lost. Yes, Cambridge had the chances to wrap up three points on more than one occasion in the game but how many times have we said that in recent years about the Orient?

And what a difference having a midfield two in Michael Collins and Nigel Atangana who both will put their foot in. Collins in the last two games has played like the captain of the side. If Orient haven’t wrapped up his signature, then they are making a horrendous mistake.

Robbie Weir on the bench but perhaps Edwards has been quite canny here. After his mistake against Wycombe, Edwards dropped him for the visit of Crawley, about time if you asked me. But paramount to Orient is picking up results and getting points on the board. Taking him out of the firing line, will help the starting 11, then when points are starting to flow, Edwards can slowly bring Weir back in.

A point yesterday was exactly what Orient needed to back up the win on Boxing Day however the Exeter game tomorrow is the more important game. A team who has struggled at home picking up just one win at St James Park in the league and have the worse home record in the entire football league. 

A lovely 4 hour car journey tomorrow, it better be worth it……..

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“They’re on a Good Run, but It’s Winnable”

Leyton Orient assistant manager Danny Webb is hoping his side build on last weekend’s home win over Accrington Stanley when they travel to Wycombe tomorrow. The win moved the O’s three points clear from the relegation zone and Webb knows that the main priority is increasing the gap at the bottom.

  • Sit 21st on 21 points
  • League Record – P20  W6  D3  L11  F22  A26
  • Form in last eight (league) – W3  D0  L5  F10  A11
  • Form in all competitions (most recent first) – WLLLWLLLW

Webb stepped up to assistant manager to Andy Edwards after Alberto Cavasin was sacked in November and is relishing the role. Speaking to leytonorient.com it has been good, I moved to first team coach in the summer which was another progression in my career. Each day I am learning things that I couldn’t learn in the academy system”.

  • Away Record – P9  W4  D3  L2  F15  A12
  • Last away results (most recent first) – LWLLWLDL
  • Have only conceded two goals in the first half of an away game – both just before half time (Doncaster and Hartlepool)
  • Orient and Luton are the only two sides in League Two not to conceded a goal away from home in the opening 30 minutes of games
  • Have only trailed for 77 minutes away from home in the league- the least amount in the league (31 came in their last away game at Doncaster)
  • Have scored first in six of their nine away games

Orient picked up their first win at home since August last weekend and Webb is hoping that some of the pressure has been eased, “they are a strong set of boys, we are human and have confidence dips, as players there is nothing better than a home win to get you over the slump”. Webb revealed that the main priority was to get three points, “the performance was better than I first thought but we told the boys to do whatever it takes to take the points and in the grand scale of things it was massive”.

  • Orient have scored in four of their last five games – scoring only in three of them
  • Have failed to score in seven league games, only Exeter (9) have failed in more
  • Have scored in their last three away league games and scored in eight of their nine away leagues games this season
  • Only scored two or more goals in two of their last 16 games – both away from home

Midfielder Gavin Massey acknowledges that his side need to back up the win last weekend at Wycombe tomorrow. Speaking to leytonorient.com last week “we can’t get too carried away, we done that a few weeks back. We know that next week when we travel to Wycombe they will be flying, it will be a tough game and we have to use some of the resistance that we used today and hopefully get some points there”

  • Orient have not won back to back games since August
  • Both teams have scored in 10 of their 20 league games – seven of their nine away matches
  • But only two of their last eight games in all competitions has seen both teams score
  • 15 of their 22 league goals scored have come in the second half games – including nine of their last 12
  • 17 of their 26 goals conceded have been in the second half
  • Seven of their 11 losses have been by just one goal

Massey revealed that that with Orient’s position, Edwards and Webb have gone back to basics “sometimes it will be a scrap, we have got to win first and second balls, we might play longer and we need to understand as a team we need to start climbing the table”.

  • Record scoring first – W5  D2  L1    away  W3  D2  L1
  • Have won 15 of their last 18 league games scoring first
  • Have won eight of their last 11 away league matches scoring first
  • Have only lost one of their last 14 away league matches – last away game 3-1 vs Doncaster

Edwards was pleased with his side performance but most importantly the clean sheet “we spoke about clean sheets and that is exactly what we got, following on from the one against Barnet, we are pleased to get another one. We need to build on that. Everybody contributed today, that is important going forward. It is not going to pretty at times trying to get out of the situation. Have to work hard, be resilient and keep building on today” Leytonorient.com He added “over time we hope to develop a style of play but at the moment being hard to play against is key”.

  • Last weekend was Orient’s first clean sheet in four games
  • Have kept two in their last five games
  • Have kept four in 25 games all competitions – all four in the league
  • Kept just one clean sheet in their last six away games (3-0 vs Colchester) 

Webb is aware of the form of Wycombe ahead of tomorrow, “they are on a run, but not too long ago they were near the bottom but seven wins on the trot is very good, credit to Gareth AInsworth. It will be a tough game after going to Doncaster, but we are aware of their threats and we will try and impose our style of play”.

  • Record conceding first – W1  L10      away  W1  L1
  • Have only won one of their last 22 league games – W1  D2  L19
  • Win came 22/10/16 3-1 at Hartlepool
  • Have only won one of their 17 away league matches – W1 D6  L10

 

Wycombe head into tomorrow’s clash on the back of seven consecutive wins in all competitions, winning 2-0 at Notts County last weekend. Goals from Adebayo Akinfenwa and Scott Kashket helped move Wycombe up to 6th in the table.

  • Sit on 31 points
  • League Record – P20  W9  D4  L7   F25  A22
  • Form in last eight (league) – W5  D2  L1  F12  A6   – only Yeovil (5) have conceded less
  • Only Barnet (18) have taken more points in their last eight
  • Form in all competitions (most recent) – WWWWWWWLW

Manager Gareth Ainsworth was pleased with how his side dealt with Notts County early on last weekend. The Chairboys were under pressure in the opening minutes but managed to push on for another victory. Speaking post match to wycombewanderers.co.ukthey caused us problems and had shot on goal. I thought the boys dealt with it really well and we grew into the game and the chances started to come”.

  • Kept five clean sheets in their last seven games
  • Kept back to back clean sheets at home
  • Kept clean sheets in five of their last seven home games
  • Have only conceded once in the last 450 minutes of league football
  • Kept seven clean sheets in the league  – Only Portsmouth (8) have kept more
  • Kept four of them at home – only Yeovil (5) have kept more at home

Ainsworth is making sure his players keep their feet on the ground despite their current run, “it was a really good win, we want to get number eight on the board. I told them their is no pressure from me, we don’t go into games thinking we can win them, believe me we don’t go in arrogant”He added “we go in knowing if we work hard and our socks off as a team, we will always have a chance in games”.

  • Conceded 15 of their 22 goals in the second half – including their last seven and nine of their last 11
  • Only Yeovil (5) have conceded less first half goals than Wycombe
  • 56% of their goals have been scored in the first 15 and last 15 minutes of matches – 14/25
  • Five of their nine wins have been by one goal
  • Their last four wins and five of their last seven wins have been by at least two goals

Scott Kashket has been devastating form since his arrival in late August from Leyton Orient. 10 goals in 11 games so far, Kashket has been a real revelation with Wycombe quick to extend his short deal to 2019 earlier in the month. Despite facing his old club tomorrow, Ainsworth thinks Kashket will take it in his stride “he will give what he gives, he has given everything and is turning into a name around the place and the league. He is very quick and has good control. He is happy and he will get on with it but hopefully he scores one against them” Wycombe Sound Sports

  • Have scored in their last 10 matches – scoring 23 goals in total
  • Have scored two or more in nine of their last 10 matches in all comps
  • Have scored two or more in five of their last seven home league matches and eight of their 20 league matches
  • But both teams have only scored in eight of their 20 matches- the lowest in the league
  • Only a third of their home matches have seen both teams score

Ainsworth is looking forward to returning to Adams Park after playing the last three games away. Speaking to Wycombe Sound Sports earlier today (Friday) we are well looking forward to Orient, we don’t expect to win but if we play like we have been playing we have a real chance”. Wycombe have a incentive for season ticket holders to bring friends to the game for £5 with Ainsworth keen for football to play a key part in the community “it is really important for everyone in the local community, we want to give something back”.

  • Home record – P9  W6  D1  L2  F14  A7
  • Best home defensive record in the League
  • Last home results (most recent first) – WWLLWWWW
  • Have won five of their last six home league games
  • Only team in League Two to not concede a goal in the first half of a home league game
  • Only Wycombe and Norwich have not conceded a goal in the first half of a home league match in the Football league
  • Have only trailed for 52 minutes at home in the league – least amount in the league
  • Not trailed in their last seven games – last trailed in a league game 29/10/16

Defender Aaron Pierre is keen for his side to continue their form and defensive solidity . Speaking to wycombewanderers.co.uk last weekend ” I love clean sheets, we kept one and that is the main thing. I don’t think they had a chance on target which is credit to us”. Pierre focus was quickly on the next games “we are on the up, we focus on Orient now, we have the same mentality, win our individual battles, press high up the pitch and work hard for each other and the results will come”.

  • Record Scoring – W9 D3  L1    Home W6  D1
  • Have won their last five and eight of their last 10 scoring first
  • Opened the scoring in 13 of their 20 games – nine times in the first half
  • Scored first in their last 10 games
  • Only lost one of their last 28 league games scoring first – W20  D7  L1
  • Unbeaten in their last 15 home league games – W12  D3
  • Only lost one of their last 35 home league games scoring first – W25  D8  L1
  • Last defeat came 03/10/15 vs Northampton

Despite Orient’s position in the League, Ainsworth is aware “there are no guarantees in this league. They have a good team of individuals, they haven’t played well as a team yet. Some of their names in their are good, Jay Simpson scored a hat full of goals last season, he is a great striker” . With a new manager Ainsworth is aware “he is learning and wants to perform, they will be dangerous. We have to be at our best no doubt. We want to make this one count”.

  • Record conceding first – L6    home L2
  • No win in last 16 home league game conceding first – W0  D3  L13
  • Have not won a league game after concedin first sinc 13/12/14 4-1 vs Southend
  • Played 33 – W0  D7  L26

Team News

Orient are without Liam Kelly and Harry Cornick who remain injured while striker Ollie Palmer is a doubt with a dead leg. Defender Teddy Mezague could be included after making his debut in last weekend’s win over Notts County. Striker Paul McCallum will pushing for a start after his performance from the bench last week while Myles Judd looks set to continue at right back.

Wycombe will be without striker Adebayo Akinfenwa who is suspended after his red car last weekend. Paul Hayes could replace him if he recovers from his thigh injury which kept out at Notts County. Myles Weston is available for selection while midfielder Garry Thompson is pushing for a start. Striker Scott Kashket looks set to face his former club.

Danny Webb on Kashket “I came when he was in the under 16’s. In training he had great confidence and an eye for goal. He became a pro but he wasn’t a major part of our plans at the start of the season. He went to Wycombe and has stamped his authority their and is scoring goal. Fair play and we will keep an eye on him tomorrow.”

 

Head to Head Wycombe 11, Draw 1, Leyton Orient 5

Last meeting – 23/01/16 – Wycombe Wanderers 0-2 Leyton Orient

  • Orient have won four of the last six meetings, keeping a clean sheet in four wins
  • Orient have two of their of last three games at Adams Park
  • Orient have scored in the last 10 matches vs Wycombe and their last five trips to Adams Park
  • Orient have scored at least two goals in four of their last five games at Adams Park
  • Wycombe last beat Orient 4-2 in 2012
  • Three of the last four meetings have seen both teams score
  • Wycombe have won five of the last 10 meetings, scoring at least two goals in those games
  • The only draw between the sides came 19/09/2015 – 1-1 at Brisbane Road

 

 

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