Leyton Orient will be hoping to record back-to-back victories after they secured their first win of 2013 over Notts County on Saturday. Paolo Di Canio has told his side that he doesn’t want any team to do the double over them this term, and Orient are the first of six teams who have the opportunity to defeat Swindon twice. Here we preview Tuesday night’s action:
Leyton Orient claimed a 2-1 victory against Notts County on Saturday to return to winning ways. David Mooney’s 65th minute goal gave the home side the advantage and that opener was soon followed by a second goal courtesy of centre back Mathieu Baudry. Jeff Hughes grabbed a goal for the visitors, but it proved to be no more than a consolation.
The O’s are unbeaten in their last three league matches at Brisbane Road. Their goalscoring record at home is amongst the worst in League One with an average of 1.14 goals per game, but it has now been 6 home matches since they failed to score. Orient have struggled when facing teams in the top half this season, losing 10 of the 15 games they have played against the better teams in League One.
Dean Cox may be fit enough to return to the starting lineup as he managed a substitute appearance on Saturday after overcoming a thigh injury. Scott Cuthbert also shook off the injury that had kept him out of the match against Brentford to play a full 90 minutes against Notts County, so he should be available for selection again.
Lee Butcher, Leon McSweeney and Ade Azeez have missed the last two matches and they remain doubtful for the clash against Swindon Town.
Longer term injury concerns, Kevin Lisbie and Nathan Clarke will be unavailable once again with hamstring and foot injuries respectively, though Clarke is thought to be approaching a return to fitness.
Russell Slade may have an opportunity to name an unchanged side following the victory at the weekend, however players such as Lee Cook and Martin Rowland may be rested given the amount of football they have played recently. Both players have hit a rich vein of form, but just as he did against Doncaster, Slade may opt to rest those who need it against Swindon as this weekend’s fixture against Stevenage seems an easier prospect on paper. The O’s boss will also have next week’s JPT Area Final against Southend in the back of his mind and this could affect team selection for the next couple of matches.
Scott Cuthbert joined Orient from Swindon in the summer of 2011. The Scottish defender made 96 appearances during his two seasons at the County Ground.
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Swindon Town will be well rested after a lack of FA Cup action and postponement of their match against Tranmere has meant that Paolo Di Canio’s side have not played since the 19th January. Last time out they defeated Shrewsbury by two goals to nil, with goals from Norwich loanee Chris Martin and Andy Williams.
The Robins are in fine form as they are unbeaten in the last seven leagues games, five of which have been victories. They have also found goals easy to come by. The last time they failed to score in a league game was back in November and in their three games around Christmas time, they scored 14 goals, which included a 5-0 win over league leaders Tranmere.
Swindon are currently in 4th place in League One with 49 points.
Paolo Di Canio has highlighted Lee Cook as the main threat to his side on Tuesday night. He stated:
“Nathan Thompson will play against Cook, who is a good player, but Nathan has grown in the last two months.He has become a more mature player, more aggressive so he knows already how to approach this guy.”
Paolo Di Canio will be without Charlton loanee Danny Hollands as the midfielder is out of action with a fractured metatarsal. Hollands picked the injury up against Shrewsbury and he could be on the sidelines for over a month.
Miles Storey is also doubtful due to a hamstring injury, while centre back Troy Archibald-Henville looks certain to miss out as he is still recovering from a knee operation.
Swindon Town captain Alan McCormack made his professional debut during a loan spell with the O’s in 2003. He went on to make another 10 appearances during his time at Brisbane Road.
When the two sides met back in September, Orient ended Swindon’s 28 game unbeaten run at the County Ground thanks to a Lee Cook goal just before the hour mark. The win brought great relief for the Os as not only was it their first victory of the season, they had failed to pick up any points in their first three league games.
Swindon have not beaten Orient in their last 5 attempts. The last time the Robins defeated the O’s at Brisbane Road was back in December 2009. Lee Peacock put Swindon ahead after just one minute and Jack Smith extended the away side’s lead when he converted a penalty on the hour. Tamika Mkandawire pulled a goal back on 79 minutes, but it was not enough to prevent Martin Ling’s side from suffering defeat.
The O’s were victorious when the two teams last met at Brisbane Road in February 2011. Dean Cox gave the hosts the advantage after 12 minutes and things got even worse for the Robins just after the half hour mark. Alex Revell added a second goal and Stephen Dawson piled on the misery for visiting fans just a minute later.