Match Preview: Leyton Orient v Sheffield United – League Cup R3


Leyton Orient will have been boosted by their victory at the weekend, though there is still uncertainty at the club. Sheffield United suffered a heavy defeat at the weekend so they will be keen to bounce back with a win. Here we preview Tuesday night’s cup clash:

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Leyton Orient recorded their second league win of the season on Saturday, extending their unbeaten run on the road to eight games in all competitions.

Scott Cuthbert gave the O’s the early lead at Scunthorpe, heading home from a Dean Cox corner after just two minutes. Matt Sparrow pulled a goal back for the Iron just after the break, but Orient restored their lead almost immediately. A Cox cross caused problems in the goalmouth and Jobi McAnuff was on hand to bundle the ball over the line. There were more chances for both sides, but the best opportunity fell to Jay Simpson late on. Shaun Batt drove into the box before putting a low ball across goal. Simpson was under pressure, but he was so close to goal he will feel he should have been able to hit the target.

Despite the win, there is still uncertainty over Russell Slade’s future. So far Leyton Orient haven’t allowed the O’s boss to talk to Cardiff City about the vacant managerial position, rejecting three approaches over the weekend.

Team News

Russell Slade welcomed Dean Cox and Darius Henderson back into the starting lineup after both were used from the bench at Meadow Lane. Lloyd James also returned to the starting eleven after a spell on the sidelines due to a thigh injury.

Gary Sawyer is yet to return from the knee tendonitis that has kept him out of action since the second round of the League Cup, though he is thought to be making progress. Kevin Lisbe and Adam Legzdins are the only players who are certain to miss the cup clash. They are suffering from shoulder and finger injuries respectively.

Slade even rotated his squad away at Aston Villa in the last round so he may opt to do the same against Sheffield United.

Michael Petrasso did not feature in QPR’s first round defeat to Burton Albion, therefore he could well be included. David Mooney was left out on Saturday for the first time this season, so he could be recalled along with Jay Simpson in attack. Shaun Batt returned to action at the weekend following a calf injury that he sustained in the opening round and he could be handed a start as well.

Marvin Bartley and Bradley Pritchard will be competing against Romain Vincelot and Lloyd James to regain a place in the starting lineup. Mathieu Baudry may also be reintroduced after being on the bench for the last two games.

However, the Orient manager may take the view that home performances and results need to improve and therefore he may want to keep his side’s momentum going by using similar personnel to the side that won at Scunthorpe.


Ex Blades



In July 2008 Darius Henderson moved to Sheffield United from Watford for a fee of £2 million. In his first season at Bramall Lane he scored 7 times in 37 games as the Blades reached the play-offs and in the following season he scored 12 in 35 games. After a year on the sidelines through injury he made just 8 appearances in 2010/11 , scoring two goals. He left the club in the summer of 2011.

Shane Lowry spent the second half of the 2010/11 season on loan at Sheffield United in the Championship, making 17 appearances.


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This Season

Top scorer: Ben Davies 4  League One: 10th  FA Cup: N/A  League Cup: 3rd round Cards: 12 Yellow 0 Red

Sheffield United started the new season with league defeats against Bristol City and Coventry, however they responded with a good run of form in the league. Until last Saturday, the Blades were unbeaten in their last five league games, which included victories over Crawley, Rochdale, Colchester and Peterborough.

However, that sequence came to an end at the weekend as they lost 5-2 against Swindon. The first half was relatively uneventful, Michael Smith gave the hosts the advantage after 13 minutes and they held that lead going into half-time.

The second period was action packed. Ten minutes into the half Smith grabbed a second from the spot after Neill Collins fouled Massimo Luongo in the area. Jonathan Obika then put the Robins 3-0 up just before the hour. The Blades managed to pull two goals back through Mark McNulty and Ben Davies but Swindon reasserted their superiority. Andy Williams scored Swindon’s fourth with fifteen minutes remaining and Louis Thompson rounded off the win by adding a fifth four minutes from time.

Last lineup: Howard, Alcock, Basham (Reed 55), Doyle, Murphy, Scougall (Flynn 64), McNulty, Collins (Harris 88), Davies, McGahey, McEveley.

Subs: McGinn, Porter, Higdon, Turner, Reed, Flynn, Harris


Sheffield United defeated Mansfield Town 2-1 in the opening round of the League Cup and they went on to beat rival West Ham 5-4 on penalties in the second round.

Last season the Blades failed to make it beyond the first round in League Cup, losing against Burton Albion. However, they more than made up for it in the FA Cup as they progressed all the way to the semi-finals before losing to Hull at Wembley.

Team News

Nigel Clough intends to take the League Cup seriously by fielding a strong side against the O’s, though he will not take risks with his squad’s fitness.

Stefan Scougall, Jay McEveley and Jamie Murphy are all doubtful for the match in E10. However, James Wallace could be available again after missing the Swindon Town defeat due to a muscle problem.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Jose Baxter both look set to miss Tuesday night’s clash.


Ex O’s



Jamal Campbell-Ryce first loan spell with the O’s came in August 2002 when the winger joined on loan from Charlton. He played 19 games for the club, scoring 3 goals before returning to his parent club in November 2002. Campbell-Ryce returned to Brisbane Road in the second half of the 2011/12 season on loan from Bristol City. He scored 1 goal in 8 appearances.




When the two sides met at Brisbane Road last season Orient rescued a point after going a goal down. Conor Coady put the Blades ahead with just over twenty minutes remaining, but Dean Cox equalised eight minutes from time with a fine volley from just outside the penalty area.

The return match at Bramall Lane in April also ended in 1-1 draw. Cox got on the scoresheet again, but a second half goal from Jamie Murphy cancelled out the Orient winger’s strike.

Sheffield United’s last win at Brisbane Road was in October 2012 thanks to a Nick Blackman goal. Orient haven’t claimed a home win over the Blades since October 1983.

The two teams have never played each other in the League Cup before. Their only previous cup meeting came in the FA Cup in January 2009, which the O’s lost 4-1 at Brisbane Road. JJ Melligan scored a from the spot, giving Orient the lead at the break, however the Blades issued a strong response after the break. Greg Halford grabbed a brace either side of goals from Billy Sharp and Kyle Naughton to give Sheffield United a comfortable win.



[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]Match Officials[/textmarker]

Referee: James Adcock

Assistants: Guy Stretton and Dean Treleaven 

Fourth Official: Lee Collins


Cash turnstiles are in operation for the match, but only the West and South stands will be open to home fans, with away fans being housed in the North stand. You can find full ticket information here. If you can’t make it to the game you can follow us on twitter @TotalOrient for match updates.


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