Match Preview: Notts County v Leyton Orient – League One

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Russell Slade takes his side to face former club Notts County knowing that he must get a win to save his job. The Magpies have started to find their form and they will be hoping to continue in that vein against the O’s. Here we preview Tuesday night’s game:

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Last Season

Top scorer: Callum McGregor 14  League One: 20th  FA Cup: 1st round League Cup: 2nd round

Last season, Notts County were without a win in their opening seven league games, which included a heavy defeat to the O’s at Brisbane Road. They won two of their next three, which moved them off of the foot of the table, but another three consecutive defeats saw them slip back to 24th place and it was at that point that Chris Kiwomya was sacked.

Shaun Derry was appointed at the start of November and it appeared as if his first experience as a manager would end in relegation. A mini-revival in January saw the Magpies reach a season high of 16th place, but by mid-March they had returned to the bottom of the table off the back of a six-game win-less streak. However, Derry inspired an amazing run of form that saw them win six of their last nine games and as a result they avoided relegation to League Two by three points.

Transfers

[tabs title1=”IN” text1=”Mike Edwards (Carlisle), Taylor McKenzie (Sheffield Wednesday), Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City), Liam Noble (Carlisle United), Alan Smith (MK Dons), Nicky Wroe (Preston North End), Cieron Keane (Unattached), Blair Adams (Coventry City), Garry Thompson (Bradford City), Roy Carroll (Olympiakos), Elliott Whitehouse (Sheffield United), Gary Jones (Bradford City), Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town), Zeli Ismail (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Loan), Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Loan), Reece Brown (Birmingham City, Loan), Drissa Traore (Le Havre), Jordan Cranston (Nuneaton Town), Louis Laing (Nottingham Forest,loan).” tabs title2=”OUT” text2=”Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town, Undisclosed), Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United), Julian Kelly (Spalding United), Gary Liddle (Bradford City), Alan Sheehan (Bradford City), Andy Haworth (Cheltenham Town), Dean Leacock (Crawley Town), Tyler Guy (Carlton Town), Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge), Manny Smith, Gareth Roberts, Mark Fotheringham, Malcolm Melvin, Enoch Showunmi, Adam Coombes, Romello Nangle, Malachi Lavelle-Moore.” ]

 

This Season

Top scorer: Murray/Cassidy/Noble 2  League One: 14th  FA Cup: N/A  League Cup: 1st round Cards: 8 Yellow 2 Red

Shaun Derry’s side began the season by taking a point at Deepdale in a 1-1 draw with Preston. Notts County then suffered a 3-0 defeat to Championship Sheffield United in the League Cup and then followed that up with a 1-0 defeat at Meadow Lane against Fleetwood. However, they recorded back-to-back victories against Colchester and Port Vale before losing 2-1 when they hosted Bristol City.

On Saturday Notts County claimed a good point against Peterborough. The Posh have made a strong start to their league campaign, but they were frustrated by a youthful Magpies defence who, despite missing some important senior players, kept a clean sheet to draw 0-0.

Last lineup: Carroll, Smith, Hollis, Ismail, Cassidy, Jones, Thompson, Noble (Murray 77′), Brown, Cranston, Laing

Subs: Wroe, Murray, McKenzie, Keane, Spiess, Traore, Harrad

 

Team News

County boss Shaun Derry will be without defensive duo Hayden Mullins and Mike Edwards who both missed the match against Peterborough at the weekend through injury.

Mullins and Edwards join a number of teammates on the injury list at Meadow Lane. Magpies forward Jimmy Spencer is unlikely to play again this season after suffering a serious knee injury.Kyle Dixon is yet to play this season after picking up an ankle injury in pre-season. He is back in training however he is unlikely to be back for Tuesday’s game. Blair Adams is also set to miss the game against the O’s due to a thigh injury.

However, Derry could have Garry Thompson available to him again after the midfielder returned to training last week.

Nottingham Forest loanee Louis Laing could continue in defence and make his home debut on Tuesday night.

 

 

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Following Orient’s 2-0 defeat against Colchester on Saturday, Russell Slade revealed that he has been told (via Mauro Milanese) that he has one game to ‘sort it out’ or it would be ‘curtains’.

The O’s had the better of the first half against the U’s without creating many clear cut chances. Michael Petrasso looked bright on his debut and as result he was subjected to a number of robust challenges. However, it was a reckless tackle on David Mooney that saw the Colchester captain Magnus Okuonghae sent-off shortly before the break.

After the interval Orient sought to use their numerical advantage and pushed forward in search of the opening goal, however they left themselves vulnerable to the counter attack. Freddie Sears led the charge, slipping the ball to Sanchez Watt who beat Bartley for pace and slotted the ball past Woods. The O’s lacked invention going forward and they were caught out again at the other end with just over 15 minutes left. Sears nicked the ball off Mathieu Baudry near the byline and fired into the net from a tight angle.

Orient’s performance was lacklustre, but the ultimatum has been regarded as unfair in many quarters. Russell Slade has received much support from fans, players and even former Chairman Barry Hearn and ex-Chief Executive and current board member Matt Porter.  Even if Orient win at Meadow Lane, these developments seemingly make Russell Slade’s position untenable, just nine games into the season that has so far seen just two defeats, a League Cup upset away at Premier League opposition and positive results against Fleetwood and Peterborough, who were League One leaders at the time.

Team News

Russell Slade will welcome the return of Romain Vincelot after the midfielder served his one-match ban on Saturday. Dean Cox, Elliot Omozusi, Shaun Batt and Jobi McAnuff all returned from injury at the weekend, taking their places on the bench. Cox and McAnuff were called upon on in the second half and they may be included from the start on Tuesday. Jay Simpson was another player who returned to the matchday squad and received some playing time against Colchester.

Adam Legzdins looks set to be on the sidelines for a couple of weeks due to a finger injury. As a result Gary Woods made his league debut on Saturday, while Charlie Grainger was recalled from his loan at Farnborough to deputise on the bench.

Orient will still be without Lloyd James who missed out at the weekend because of a thigh injury. Kevin Lisbie remains on the sidelines too due to shoulder injury and the subsequent surgery. Gary Sawyer is another who is unlikely to feature, he is out of action due to tendonitis in his knee.

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The pressure that has been placed on Russell Slade means that he will have to get his tactics and team selection spot-on.

Vincelot and Cox seem like obvious choice to return to the starting linuep and Jobi McAnuff could be included too. Slade may also recall Elliot Omozusi to shore up the defence.

Leaving top-scorer Darius Henderson out of the starting lineup may be a gamble, however Slade may opt for the Dagnall and Mooney partnership that performed well against Peterborough.

 

Ex Magpie’s

 

 

Russell Slade was an assistant manager at Meadow Lane under Mick Walker and he acted as caretaker manager after Walker’s sacking in September 1994. Howard Kendall was named as Notts County manager in January 1995 and Slade reverted back to his role as assistant under the new regime, however both men were sacked in April 1995 and the Magpies were relegated.

 

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When Notts County made the trip to Brisbane Road almost exactly a year ago, they were comfortably beaten by five goals to one. Kevin Lisbie opened the scoring just before the half-hour and he grabbed his and Orient’s second of the night on the brink of half-time. With the second half little more than ten minutes old, Dean Cox extended the hosts’ advantage to three. Danny Haynes pulled a goal back with twenty minutes left, but Orient’s three goal cushion was restored by Shaun Batt ten minutes later. Bournemouth loanee Jayden Stockley then sealed the win with a fifth for the O’s.

The return match at Meadow Lane in March was a far more restrained affair that ended goalless.

Notts County’s last home win against the O’s was in September 2010. Goals from Lee Hughes and Craig Westcarr gave the home side a 2-0 lead but Ryan Jarvis reduced the deficit before the break. Matthew Spring drew Orient level ten minutes after the restart, but Hughes popped up again, scoring the winner in the 74th minute.

Orient last took all three points from Meadow Lane in December 2011. Stephen Dawson put the O’s ahead just before the interval and Jonathan Tehoue added a second goal five minutes from time. Lee Hughes pulled a goal back immediately for Notts County and Leon McSweeney was sent off in injury time, but the O’s were able to see the game out.

 

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

Referee: Gary Sutton

Assistants: Michael Hanley and Keith Lawson

Fourth Official: Nick Hobbis

 

Tickets are available on the night. You can find ticket information here. Follow us on twitter @TotalOrient for match updates.

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