Leyton Orient will be hoping to relieve the pressure by taking all three points at Glanford Park. Meanwhile, Scunthorpe will be looking to build upon their victory last time out and kick start their season. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
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Top scorer: Sam Winnall 23 League Two: 2nd FA Cup: 1st round League Cup: 1st round
Scunthorpe won promotion to League One last season finishing in second place on goal difference, just three points behind champions Chesterfield. When Brian Laws was sacked in November, promotion back to the third tier at the first time of asking looked far from guaranteed, the Iron were in 12th place on 24 points.
Laws’ assistant Russ Wilcox took over initially as caretaker but eventually got the gig on a permanent basis as he transformed Scunthorpe’s fortunes dramatically. The Iron produced an incredible run of 28 games without defeat that began in late November and lasted until late in April. Wilcox’s only defeat as manager last came against Exeter in the penultimate game of last season. A draw against York on the final day sealed a second place finish.
Not only was Wilcox named League 2 manager of the year, he also received special recognition for his side’s unbeaten run.
Scunthorpe boasted the best away record in the record in the league last term as well as having the best attack on the road. Sam Winnall was League Two’s top scorer last season but he joined Barnsley in the summer.
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Top scorer: Paddy Madden 4 League One: 21st FA Cup: N/A League Cup: 2nd round Cards: 8 Yellow 2 Red
Scunthorpe have found life in League One tricky. They currently sit in 21st place on the same number of points as the O’s. The Iron lost their first three league games, which included a heavy home defeat to Preston. Their first point of the campaign came in a 1-1 draw at Yeovil Town and they followed that up with a 2-1 win against Walsall. However, they suffered defeat against Bristol City and last week they were comfortably beaten by four goals to one against Chesterfield.
The Iron have won their last three home games in all competitions. On Tuesday night Scunthorpe claimed a 2-1 win over Coventry City. Frank Nouble broke the deadlock after seventeen minutes, but the Sky Blues were reduced to ten men when Reda Johnson saw red. A Paddy Madden goal meant that the two sides were level at the break, and just after the hour mark Lyle Taylor grabbed the winner for Scunthorpe.
Last lineup: Olejnik, McAllister, Canavan, Sparrow, Madden, Hawkridge (Adelakun 55), Taylor (Kee 87), O’Neill, McSheffrey (Myrie-Williams 81), Williams, Llera
Subs: Weaver, Dawson, Boyce, Sutton, Adelakun, Kee, Myrie-Williams
Scunthorpe also made it through to the second round of the League Cup by beating Championship Blackburn by a goal to nil. They were then knocked out of the competition by Reading. They are still in the JPT, having defeated Chesterfield 2-0.
Iron boss Russ Wilcox looks set to have a fully fit squad to choose from as he prepares his side to face Leyton Orient.
Defender Eddie Nolan is expected to be available again following a thigh injury. Midfielder Neal Bishop could return to the matchday squad following a spell on the sidelines with a foot injury. Both players could be named as substitutes on Saturday.
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It has been a strange week at Brisbane Road as uncertainty continues to surround Russell Slade’s future at the club. It seemed as if Slade would be sacked on Tuesday night after the O’s only managed a draw, falling short of the required win.
The O’s went behind against Notts County after Nathan Clarke pulled Jake Cassidy down inside the penalty area. Zeli Ismail stepped up and he converted from the spot.
However, the away support continued to back their team and Orient continued to put the home side under pressure after the break. Just five minutes into the half, David Mooney went down in the box following a mistimed challenge from Curtis Thompson. The referee awarded a penalty and Chris Dagnall beat Roy Carroll from 12 yards to draw the O’s level. The visitors were in the ascendancy for the remainder of the contest, but they couldn’t find the vital second goal.
Russell Slade appeared to be saying his goodbyes at the final whistle, but following a a meeting with Chairman Francesco Becchetti, Sporting Director Mauro Milanese and Chief Executive Alessandro Angelieri, it emerged that the manager will continue in his role. However, on Friday Slade became bookmakers’ favourite to be named as the new Cardiff City manager.
The O’s are yet to lose in any of their seven away games so far this season, with a record of four away wins and three draws.
The injury problems that have troubled the Orient squad in recent weeks are starting to clear up. Gary Sawyer and Lloyd James have both resumed training following knee and thigh injuries respectively and they have a chance of being included in the squad to face Scunthorpe.
However, Adam Legzdins and Kevin Lisbie are still on the sidelines. Legzdins suffered a finger injury last week that could keep him out of action for a couple of weeks, therefore Gary Woods will continue in goal. Lisbie has been unavailable since suffering a shoulder injury against Bristol City.
On Tuesday night Mathieu Baudry was replaced in the starting lineup by Elliot Omozusi, with Shane Lowry partnering Nathan Clarke in the heart of the defence. Now five defenders are available, Russell Slade will have a decision to make concerning Orient’s back line.
Romain Vincelot returned to the starting XI after completing his suspension and he is likely to continue alongside Bradley Pritchard.
Up front Darius Henderson was sacrificed to allow Mooney to return to a more familiar position, with Jobi McAnuff starting on the left. It remains to be seen whether Orient’s top scorer Henderson will start on Saturday or whether Dagnall and Mooney will be the preferred partnership.
Michael Petrasso has made a strong start to his Orient career and is likely to start again if Dean Cox is deemed only fit enough for a place on the bench.
Chris Dagnall joined Scunthorpe in June 2010 and in his first season at the club he scored 7 goals in 41 appearances. During the following season he scored 6 goals in 27 games before joining Barnsley in January 2012 for an undisclosed fee.
Leyton Orient have a poor record against the Iron, having won just two of their last eighteen games against Scunthorpe.
The last meeting between the two sides was at Glanford Park in March 2013. Akpo Sodje gave the hosts the lead after just three minutes and Niall Canavan doubled their advantage shortly before the break. Kevin Lisbie pulled a goal back on the brink of half-time but the O’s couldn’t muster a comeback in the second half.
Orient’s last win against Scunthorpe came away from home in October 2011. Former Orient loanee Andy Barcham put Scunthorpe in front just after the half hour, but a Kevin Lisbie brace inside the first five minutes of the second half gave the O’s the lead. Scott Cuthbert added a third and although Barcharm scored his and Scunthorpe’s second, Orient held on to win.
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Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistants: Glen Hart and Richard Wild
Fourth Official: Nigel Smith
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