After losing their first league game of the season, Leyton Orient will be keen to respond well in the match against Rotherham. The Millers will also be looking to get back to winning ways as they travel to London out of form. Here we preview Saturday’s match:
Orient suffered their first league defeat of the season at the hands of Coventry on Tuesday night. The O’s were out of sorts as they were outplayed by a good Coventry side. Carl Baker fired a fine shot past Jamie Jones after just ten minutes and the home side held that one-goal lead at the interval.
The hosts looked likely to extend their advantage after the break, but Orient had a great chance to draw level when the referee awarded the visitors a penalty, as Batt was sent to ground in the area. Despite missing the spot kick against Tranmere a few days earlier, Mooney continued on penalty duty. However, the Irish striker misfired from the spot again as Murphy went the right way. Shortly after the hour mark, Franck Moussa put the Sky Blues further ahead with a neat chip that got the better of Jones. Ten minutes later, Coventry made the victory certain. Baker’s free-kick found Leon Clarke at the back post and the striker headed in the third goal of the night. Orient continued to push forward and their persistence was rewarded with a consolation goal. Scott Cuthbert’s flick on fell to Yohann Lasimant and the Frenchman slotted the ball into the net to open his Orient account.
Kevin Lisbie missed the trip to the Sixfields Stadium on Tuesday night. The striker suffered bone bruising in the win over Tranmere last weekend.
Regarding Lisbie’s injury Russell Slade stated:
He’s got some bone bruising which is causing him a problem and stopping him running at this stage and at best he’ll be 50-50 for Saturday.
In Lisbie’s absence, Shaun Batt will continue alongside David Mooney in attack
Mathieu Baudry is also a doubt for the visit of Rotherham after he sustained an injury in the latter stages of Tuesday night’s match. If Baudry is unavailable, Scott Cuthbert would be likely to move to the centre of defence to partner Nathan Clarke.
Russell Slade’s selection at right back is less predictable. Moses Odubajo could be moved back to right back, with Yohann Lasimant or Johnny Gorman coming into the starting eleven. However, it is more likley that Omozusi will switch flanks, allowing Gary Sawyer to return at left back as he did when Baudry was banned for the JPT match against Coventry.
Jack Sherratt has joined Cray Wanderers on a one-month loan, and so he will not be available for selection on Saturday. Harry Lee could be recalled to the bench.
Top scorer: Daniel Nardiello 19 League One: 2nd FA Cup: 3rd round League Cup: 1st round Cards: 64 Yellow 7 Red.
After six years away from the third tier of English football, Rotherham secured their return by finishing as League Two runners up last term. However, for much of the season it did not appear as if the Milers would gain automatic promotion. They fluctuated between mid-table and the playoff places, until they put together a sequence of five wins in their last five games to lift them from sixth place up to second.
Rotherham’s promotion relied on their goalscoring prowess rather than a solid defence. Their total of 74 goals for was second only to Port Vale in League Two last term, however they conceded 59 goals.
Michael Tidser (Greenock Morton, £50,000), David Worrall (Bury, Undisclosed), Richard Brindley (Chesterfield), Adam Collin (Carlisle, Free), Danny Hylton (Aldershot, Free), Rob Milsom (Aberdeen, Free), Joe Skarz (Bury, Free), Matt Tubbs (Bournemouth, Loan), Pablo Mills (Macclesfield, Free)
Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley, Free), Ian Sharps (Burton, Free), Dale Tongue (Torquay, Free), Johnny Mullins (Oxford United, Undisclosed), Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell, Loan), David Noble (Cheltenham, Loan)
Alec Denton, Andy Warrington
Top scorer: Daniel Nardiello 5 League One: 9th FA Cup: N/A League Cup: 2nd round Cards: 35 Yellow 2 Red.
Rotherham have adjusted well to life in League One, remaining unbeaten in their first eight league games, half of which were victories. However, the Millers’ recent form has been something of a reality check. They are now without a win in their last three and they have lost three of their last five matches.
On Tuesday night, Rotherham were denied a win against struggling Tranmere. After a goalless first half, Kieran Agard broke the deadlock on the hour mark. However, Rovers were awarded a penalty six minutes from time when Pablo Mills brought Abdulai Bell-Baggie down inside the penalty area. Ryan Lowe converted from the spot to rescue a point for Ronnie Moore’s side.
Rotherham have been strong on the road so far this season, losing just one of their six away games and they have scored in every game on their travels.
Lee Frecklington and Michael O’Connor will be available again after they completed their suspensions on Tuesday night.
However, Steve Evans does have selection problems ahead of the trip to London.
Kari Arnason will face a late fitness test. David Worrall will remain on the sidelines for this match, though he is expected to return to training next week.
Rotherham will also be without Claude Davis, who is still a few weeks away from returning from a hamstring injury.
Alex Revell was one of Russell Slade’s first signings as Orient manager. The striker was signed in May 2010 following his release from Wycombe. Revell scored on his debut against Yeovil and he went on to score another 15 goals in 49 appearances in his first season at Brisbane Road. He was Orient’s top league goalscorer with 13 goals in League One in 2010/11. At the start of the 2011/12 campaign Revell played six games for the O’s, however on the last day of the 2011 summer transfer window, he joined Rotherham for an undisclosed fee. He was named Rotherham’s Player of the Year last season.
The two sides have not met since 2006. The last match between the two ended in a 2-2 draw at Millmoor. Adam Chambers gave the O’s the lead after 15 minutes and Gary Alexander added a second shortly after the break. However, two goals from Will Hoskins in the last twenty minutes ensured the home side took a point.
Rotherham were victorious on their last trip to London to face Orient. It appeared as if the two sides would go in level at half-time after goals from Adam Chambers and Ian Sharps, but Will Hoskins put the Millers in front just before the interval. Justin Miller drew the hosts level with a little more than twenty minutes remaining, but Scott Wiseman snatched the winning goal inside the last ten minutes.
Orient have failed to beat Rotherham at home in their last eight attempts. You would have to go all the way back to September 1990 for Orient’s last win over the Millers at Brisbane Road, when the O’s won by three goals to nil.
Referee: Darren Sheldrake
Assistants: John Busby and Gavin Muge
Fourth Official: Carl Brook