Leyton Orient have been drawn against fellow League One side Coventry City in the opening round of the League Cup. The tie will be played during the week commencing 5th August 2013.
Last term, the two sides met for the first time in 39 years, with the Sky Blues taking all three points at Brisbane Road thanks to an early goal from David McGoldrick. However, the O’s were victorious by the same margin when they made the trip to the Ricoh Arena for their penultimate match of the 2012/13 season. Dean Cox’s goal on the brink of half time proved enough to give Russell Slade’s side the win.
Orient made it through to the second round of the League Cup last season. They made the trip to the Valley in the first round. Charlton opened the scoring through Scott Wagstaff, but Mathieu Baudry drew the O’s level with a goal on his debut. The two sides could not be separated in extra time but O’s managed to hold their nerve to win 4-3 on penalties. They were rewarded with a second round trip to Everton, but Orient’s Premier League opponents produced a ruthless performance. The Toffees were already 4-0 up at the break. Kevin Mirallas grabbed a brace while Leon Osman and Victor Anichebe also got themselves on the scoresheet. In the second half Magaye Gueye added a fifth goal to send the O’s crashing out.
The Sky Blues went one better than the O’s by reaching the third round of the League Cup in 2012/13. Coventry eliminated League Two Dagenham & Redbridge in the opening round thanks to 90th minute penalty that was duly converted by Kevin Kilbane. Then then hosted Birmingham City in a close game. An even first half ended with the sore at 2-2, but neither side could add to their tally in the second period, maning extra time was needed. A 97th minute goal from Carl Baker proved enough to take Coventry through. In the third round they faced Premier League opposition in Arsenal and like Orient, the Sky Blues were humbled at the hands of their superior opponents. Olivier Giroud had given the Gunners the advantage in the first half, but Coventry were still in the tie. However after the break Arsenal upped their game. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin and Walcott put Arsene Wenger’s side 4-0 up with fifteen minutes to go. Callum Ball pulled a goal back for the visitors, but shortly after Ignasi Miquel extended the home side’s lead. Walcott then capped off the win by scoring his second goal on 90 minutes.
The two sides have met only once before in the League Cup. In the 1965/66 season Coventry travelled to Brisbane Road in the second round and they claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory. George Hudson, Ernie Machin and Allan Harris scored the goals that sent the Sky Blues through to the third round.