The Sky Sports cameras will be at Brisbane Road for the Johnstone’s Paint South Final First Leg between local rivals Leyton Orient and Southend United. Orient have equalled their best ever showing in the competition, but they have never progressed beyond this round and into the final. Southend have reached the final on two previous occasions, but both occasions have ended in disappointment for the Shrimpers. Here we preview Tuesday night’s clash:
The O’s have been in fine form of late, remaining unbeaten in their last four matches. Despite making changes to his team Russell Slade oversaw a 1-0 win at Stevenage on Saturday. Dean Cox’s sixth goal of the season 10 minutes into the match proved to be enough to seal the win for the O’s.
Orient entered the JPT in the second round where they hosted Barnet. Moses Odubajo scored the only goal of the game to send the O’s through. They then made the trip to League Two Northampton Town for the Southern Section Quarter Final. A second half brace from David Mooney was followed by a successful spot kick from Michael Symes to cap off a comfortable 3-0 win. The O’s then returned to E10 for the Semi Finals. Yeovil were the visitors, but the Glovers went home empty handed thanks to a 90th minute winner from Mooney.
David Mooney is the joint-top goalscorer in the competition with three goals.
Shaun Batt is set to make his home debut in attack alongside David Mooney. Russell Slade’s attacking options are somewhat limited as Charlie MacDonald and Ade Azeez are cup-tied. MacDonald played in the competition for MK Dons against Northampton Town earlier in the season, while Azeez started against Yeovil in the JPT during his loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers
Kevin Lisbie is also unavailable as he is still on the sidelines with the hamstring injury that he sustained in the previous round of the competition.
Russell Slade decided to rest a number of first team regulars against Stevenage on Saturday, but it is likely that those players will return to the staring lineup tonight. Central midfield duo Martin Rowlands and Lloyd James are expected to regain their places along with top scorer David Mooney. Leon McSweeney may be replaced at right back by Moses Odubajo, to allow the manager to reintroduce Lee Cook and keep Saturday’s goalscorer Dean Cox in the side.
Nathan Clarke made his return from injury with a substitute appearance at Broadhall Way at the weekend, but he looks set to remain on the bench for Tuesday night’s clash.
Charlie MacDonald joined Southend in the summer of 2007. He spent one season at Roots Hall, scoring 5 goals in 34 games.
Top scorer: Gavin Tomlin 15 League Two: 5th FA Cup: 3rd round League Cup: 1st round Cards: 42 Yellow 3 Red
Promotion chasing Southend have won their last two matches by one goal to nil and another clean sheet at Brisbane Road on Tuesday would put the Shrimpers in a good position for the second leg. Last time out Ryan Leonard grabbed an 85th minute goal to secure all three points against Oxford.
Southend’s JPT campaign started with a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon at Roots Hall. That was followed by another home win in the second round against Dagenham & Redbridge, with the Shrimpers emerging victorious by two goals to nil. The Southern Section Quarter Finals pitted the League Two side against League One Brentford and the Essex side made the most of their home advantage to win 2-1. The Semi-Finals handed Southend their first away tie at Oxford. An exciting and evenly contested match ended 3-3 after 90 minutes but the visitors emerged victorious on penalties.
Paul Sturrock’s side have lost three of their last five away matches.
Southend reached the Football League Trophy final two years in row but lost by two goals to nil on both occasions. In 2003/04 they faced Blackpool, then in 2004/05 they lost out to Wrexham.
Former Orient man Marc Laird will be unavailable to make his return to his former club as he is cup-tied. Laird came on as a substitute for the O’s against Barnet in the second round of the JPT.
Michael Spillane is also ineligible to feature against the O’s, as the Southend midfielder played for Dagenham & Redbridge in the competition. Spillane converted from the spot to help the Daggers secure a 3-2 win over Stevenage back in September.
Southend’s top scorer Gavin Tomlin will also miss the trip to Brisbane Road after he suffered a thigh injury in training on Friday. Tomlin was on the sidelines for Saturday’s win over Oxford and it remains unclear how long he will be out of action.
In March 2010, John Spicer joined the O’s on loan from Doncaster for the rest of the campaign. He made nine appearances during his short loan spell, scoring one goal. He joined the Shrimpers in August 2012 and so far he has played 13 games.
Marc Laird signed for Orient in July 2011, but he struggled to establish himself in the team. He featured 29 times for the O’s notching two goals but he found his first team opportunities increasingly limited and as a result he was loaned out to Southend in October 2012. He impressed for the Essex side, scoring two goals in 15 starts and the move was made permanent at the start of last month.
Leyton Orient have the better of the overall meetings between the two sides, but Southend have the better recent record, wining three and losing just once in the last five matches.
The last meeting between the teams took place last season in the League Cup. Loanee Michael Richardson put the O’s ahead after 23 minutes, but Mark Phillips drew level just after the half hour mark. Jonathan Tehoue was then sent off on the hour, but Orient were able to hold on to take the Shrimpers to penalties. Orient were able to hold their nerve to win 4-3 on penalties.
However, Southend were victorious when they last made the trip to Brisbane Road in December 2009. Adam Chambers gave the hosts the lead shortly after the break, but goals from Adam Barret and Alan McCormack completed a comeback for the away side.
The O’s are unbeaten against Southend in Football League Trophy competitions. The two side met twice in the Football League Group Cup with Orient winning 2-0 at Brisbane Road in August 1981. The following year the teams played out a 1-1 draw at Roots Hall.
They have played each other only once in the modern Football League Trophy. In September 2008 Orient travelled to Essex, but their welcome was not a warm one as Lee Sawyer put Southend 1-o up after 13 minutes. That goal was soon cancelled out by Ryan Jarvis and Adam Chambers put the visitors ahead five minutes later. Ten minutes before the break Sawyer added a second to put Southend on level terms, but JJ Melligan put the O’s back in front three minutes after the restart. Adam Boyd then made victory assured as he scored from the penalty spot four minutes from time.