Leyton Orient are still searching for their first win in 2015 after losing again in mid-week. Chesterfield are also hoping to bounce back after losing their fixture on Tuesday night. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
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[tabs title1=”IN” text1=”Romuald Boco (Free), Daniel Jones (Port Vale, Free), Charlie Raglan(FC United of Manchester), Gboly Ariyibi (Leeds United,Free), Sam Clucas (Mansfield Town, Undisclosed), Carl Lamb (Aberystwyth Town, Free)” tabs title2=”OUT” text2=”Jamie Devitt (Morecambe), Marc Richards (Northampton), Nathan Smith (Yeovil), Matty Brown (Chester FC), Jacob Hazel (FC United of Manchester)” ]
[tabs title1=”IN” text1=”Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town Undisclosed), Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Sheffield Wednesday, Undisclosed), Mark Duffy (Birmingham City,loan), Ashley Carter (Wolves,Loan), Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday,Loan)” tabs title2=”OUT” text2=”Romuald Boco (Bharat,Free), Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City, Undisclosed), Drew Talbot (Plymouth Argyle, Loan), Charlie Dawes (Stalybridge Celtic, Loan), Michael Onovwigun (Stalybridge Celtic, Loan)” ]
League One: 7th FA Cup: 4th Round League Cup: 1st round
Despite being newly promoted to League One, Chesterfield have managed to compete for a play-off place so far this term. Following their victory over the O’s on the opening day, Paul Cook’s side were in the top six in early October. However, one win in ten league games from October until mid-December saw the Spireites slip down into mid-table.
Recently, Chesterfield have improved their form, enabling them to climb the table. Over the festive period and early January they won three and drew once and their record of just two defeats in their last nine games mean they continue to be play-off contenders.
On Tuesday night, Chesterfield suffered a 2-0 defeat against fellow promotion hopefuls Preston North End at the Proact Stadium. The Spireites suffered an early setback when Sam Hird received a red card after just two minutes. Joe Garner had breached the Chesterfield back-line, but he was brought down by Hird. The Preston striker had been robbed of a goalscoring opportunity, but he punished Chesterfield on the half-hour heading home a Kevin Davies cross. Byron Harrison had the hosts’ best opportunity but failed to equalise. However, Garner struck again ten minutes from time to put the game beyond the Spireites.
Lee, Darikwa, Evatt, Hird, Jones (Raglan 5’), Morsy, Ryan, O’Shea, Clucas, Harrison (Duffy 68), Lavery (Dieseruvwe 68’)
Chapman, Ariyibi, Banks, Humphreys, Raglan, Duffy, Dieseruvwe
The defeat meant that the Spireites slipped out of the play-off places, though only on goal difference.
Chesterfield have been better at home than on the road so far this term with 25 of their 42 points having been won at the Proact Stadium. They are also yet to lose when hosting sides in the bottom half, winning five and drawing two in seven .
Sam Hird will be suspended for Saturday’s game following his dismissal against Preston in the week. He is expected to be replaced by Charlie Raglan in the starting lineup.
Gary Roberts has returned to training after a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, however he is unlikely to be ready to feature in this weekend’s clash.
Spireites boss Paul Cook has a couple of new injury concerns to contend with when he picks his team for Saturday’s clash.
Sam Clucas suffered a knock in training on Friday and though he will be checked ahead of the match against the O’s, he could well miss out.
Armand Gnanduillet will also require a fitness test before the game. An ankle injury meant that he missed the defeat against Preston on Tuesday night.
Eoin Doyle was by far the most prolific goalscorer for Chesterfield this season, scoring 25 goals in 33 games however Russell Slade signed the Irish striker for his Carduff City side at the beginning of the month.
Now that Doyle has left the club, winger Gary Roberts is the Spireites top scorer with five goals in 25 appearances. Roberts scored the only goal of the game to send the Chesterfield through to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of MK Dons. That strike is his only goal since the end of November, though Roberts has been struggling with injuries recently.
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Leyton Orient extended their run without a win to five games as they suffered a 0-1 defeat against Notts County, leaving the O’s rooted to the bottom of League One.
County’s Hungarian striker Balint Bajner put the visitors ahead mid-way through the first half. Orient saw plenty of the ball but they failed to find a way past the Magpies defence and as a result Fabio Liverani’s men lost for the third game in a row.
The O’s remain in 24th place and they are now six points adrift from safety, however they do have games in hand over teams above them.
Despite only making his return from injury in the defeat to Scunthorpe, Darius Henderson missed the mid-week match against Notts County due to a knee injury which looks set to keep him out of Saturday’s clash as well.
Dean Cox was ill last weekend which meant that he was only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench. However, the Orient winger did come on as a substitute and he could well be ready to start against Chesterfield.
Alex Cisak made his debut for the club on Tuesday night at the expense of Gary Woods, and the Burnley goalkeeper is likely to keep his place.
Lloyd James (broken leg), Jay Simpson (ankle) and Adam Legzdins (shoulder) are still out, though James did take part in some training this week.
Fabio Liverani looks set to have a number of players to choose from when he selects his side on Saturday.
Scott Cuthbert (ankle) and Kevin Lisbie (shoulder) returned from injuries to start against Notts County, while David Mooney, Shane Lowry and Josh Wright all came into the side as well.
Jobi McAnuff, Shaun Batt and Marvin Bartley were also back on the bench after spells on the sidelines. Andrea Dossena, Elliot Omozusi, Gianvito Plasmati and John Lundstram were not even in the squad mid-week, but they may be considered for the trip to Chesterfield.
Liverani went with the 4-1-2-1-2 on Tuesday night, but after suffering defeat he may revert to 4-4-2, particularly as he now has more wide players at his disposal.
When Orient hosted Chesterfield in the opening game of the season the Spireites left E10 with all three points. The O’s conceded after just seven minutes when Romuald Boco took advantage of some hesitant defending from the home side. After the break, Eoin Doyle snatched Chesterfield’s second goal on the counter, lobbing Legzdins from just outside the area. Darius Henderson had a positive impact for the O’s from the bench with twenty minutes to go. He scored a debut goal by following up a Cox free-kick to reduce the deficit, but Orient failed to get the vital second goal.
The last time Orient made the trip to Chesterfield was in September 2011 and the match ended goalless.
Orient’s last away win in this fixture was in March 2007. Shane Tudor scored the only goal of the game early in the second half.
The Spireites’ last home win over the O’s came back in December 2000. Steve Watts gave Orient the lead after 18 minutes, but the home side hit back immediately through Jonathan Howard. Howard then grabbed his second of the game ten minutes before the interval, which was the first of three goals in the space of five minutes for the Spireites. First Luke Beckett got on the scoresheet, then Sean Parrish added a fourth, putting Chesterfield 4-1 before half time. Chris Tate was sent-off twenty minutes from time, but the match had ended as a contest long before his dismissal.
[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]Match Officials[/textmarker]
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistants: Alan Clayton and Stephen Wade
Fourth Official: Mark Astley
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