Match Preview: Leyton Orient v Crewe Alexandra

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Leyton Orient will be hoping that they can translate their good cup form into a positive League One result against Crewe. The Railwaymen will want to bounce back from defeat in their last match and continue their recent good form. Here we preview Saturday’s action:

 

 

Leyton Orient

Orient’s last gasp winner in mid-week that sent them through to the JPT Area Final should help boost them for this weekend’s league fixture. David Mooney scored the winning goal for ten-man Orient in the 90th minute against Yeovil much to the delight of the home crowd.

Mooney has been in lethal form in recent weeks, scoring 10 goals in his last ten games. The O’s will need the Irish striker to continue that form while Lisbie is absent.

Although the O’s produced a fantastic winning streak, and they have performed well in both the JPT and the FA Cup, they need to re-focus on the league. They conceded three goals in defeats against Scunthorpe and Yeovil which could be cause for concern, however they did win their last home league match against Walsall. Orient have scored at least one goal in their last 4 matches at Brisbane Road, however, in general they have been goal-shy at home.

 

Team News

Russell Slade will be without Kevin Lisbie for the match against Crewe. The experienced striker limped off with a hamstring injury during the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against Yeovil on Tuesday night.

Anthony Griffith will also be unavailable as he begins his two match ban. The midfielder received two yellow cards against the Glovers.

Nathan Clarke and Lee Butcher are both ruled out due to injury.

There are also concerns over the fitness of Ben Chorley and Martin Rowlands as both are struggling with knocks. Chorley played a full 90 minutes in midweek against Yeovil while Rowlands was left out of the matchday squad in order to rest him. Both will undergo fitness tests ahead of Saturday’s fixture.

Lisbie’s injury has depleted Orient’s attacking options, but Russell Slade moved quickly to secure the signature of Charlie MacDonald on Friday and he may go straight into the team alongside David Mooney in attack. MacDonald has made 24 appearances for MK Dons scoring two goals, one of which was the winner against Crewe in September.

Assuming Chorley is deemed not to be fit enough to feature Scott Cuthbert will partner Mathieu Baudry in defence, with Moses Odubajo dropping back to right back. It is also likely that Lee Cook will return to the left flank after being rested for the majority of Tuesday night’s match.

Griffith’s suspension and Rowlands lack of fitness is likely to lead to a recall for Jimmy Smith. Smith has not started a match since Orient’s win over Gloucester in November.

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Ex Railwaymen

Michael Symes is the only ex-Crewe player in the Leyton Orient squad. Symes joined Crewe on loan from Everton in March 2004 and he made 4 appearances during his time at Gresty Road scoring one goal.

 

Crewe

Top scorer: Mathias Pogba  11  League One: 11th  FA Cup: 2nd round League Cup: 2nd round Cards: 25 Yellow 2 Red

Like Leyton Orient, Crewe have put together a good run of form in the league, winning 5 of their last 8 but more recently they have shown signs of faltering, losing two of their last three. Last time out they suffered a 1-2 defeat at home to Stevenage. Chuks Aneke gave Crewe the lead, but second half goals from Lucas Akins and Marcus Haber secured all three points for the visitors.

Steve Davis’ side have been stronger at home than they have on the road this season, though they have improved on their travels of late, winning 3 of their last 6 matches.

Crewe are currently in 11th place in League One with 39 points. They have won 16 points away from home this season.

 

Team News

Crewe boss Steve Davis will have most of his players available to him for the trip to Brisbane Road. Harry Davis is the only player who may miss out due to illness, however he did manage to train this week.

Fulham loanee Lauri Dalla Valle has returned to his parent club after a successful spell with the Railwaymen. Therefore, Davis will have to find a replacement for him, with Ajay Leitch-Smith and Max Clayton competing for a starting spot.

Newcastle loanee Bradden Inman is also back in contention after he was rested on Saturday.

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The meeting between the two sides earlier in the season ended in a 1-1 draw at Gresty Road. Matt Tootle opened the scoring for Crewe after just 2 minutes, but Martin Rowlands put Orient on level terms on 19 minutes. Anthony Griffith was then sent off in injury time, but that did not prevent Orient from taking a point back to London.

The last time Crewe played at Brisbane Road was in February 2009 and the visitors were defeated by a Stephen Purches goal.

Orient have lost only once in their last seven matches against Crewe.

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