Leyton Orient will be boosted following their emphatic 3-0 win over Yeovil on Saturday and they will be hoping to string together a series of results as they bid to beat the drop. However, that will be easier said than done as they face a Barnsley side that are enjoying a great run of form and the Tykes will be confident they can extend their winning streak by beating the O’s. Here we preview Tuesday night’s game:
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On Saturday, Leyton Orient claimed a much needed win over fellow relegation strugglers Yeovil Town. The O’s won by three goals to nil, but in truth the margin of victory could have been even greater as the hosts hit the post on two occasions.
Fabio Liverani’s side wasted little time as they took the lead after just two minutes thanks to Chris Dagnall. Dagnall collected the ball on the edge of the area and fired a low shot into the corner of Scott Loach’s net.
Yeovil were struggling to cope with the home side in the early stages of the game and as a result Ryan Hedges was able to put the O’s 2-0 up inside ten minutes. Andrea Dossena’s low cross was blocked but the ball fell to the Swansea loanee inside the box and Hedges coolly slotted the ball home.
Orient looked likely to add to their tally. First Darius Henderson saw his attempt pushed onto the post, then the woodwork prevented Dagnall from grabbing a brace.
The Glovers grew into the game somewhat but ultimately they lacked the quality to get back in the contest. Jobi McAnuff wrapped up the game for the O’s on the hour. Henderson squared the ball to the former Reading man, teeing him up for a simple tap-in.
Shortly after making their third substitution of the afternoon, Mathieu Baudry was forced off the pitch due to injury and a as a result the O’s had to finish the match with 10 men. However, the match was already beyond Yeovil by that point and the O’s held out for what could prove to be a crucial victory.
The win meant the O’s are now just two points behind Coventry who sit in 20th place and Orient have a game in hand over the Sky Blues.
At the weekend, Fabio Liverani made four changes to the side that lost against Peterborough a week earlier.
Darius Henderson made his first start since October as he replaced David Mooney who dropped to the bench. At left back Andrea Dossena was included ahead of Gary Sawyer.
Marvin Bartley was chosen to replace Romain Vincelot, who has of course been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a medial knee ligament injury against the Posh.
The other change occured on the right flank as Ryan Hedges’s return from injury meant Bradley Pritchard had to settle for a place on the bench.
Mathieu Baudry is a doubt for the match against Barnsley as it appeared as if he picked up a hamstring injury which brought an early end to his involvement in Saturday’s game. Therefore, with doubts remaining over the fitness of Shane Lowry as well, Nathan Clarke could be recalled to partner Scott Cuthbert in heart of defence.
Lloyd James isn’t thought to be fit enough yet to return to the first team, while Adam Legzdins and Elliot Omozusi remain on the injury list.
In January 2012 Chris Dagnall joined Barnsley from Scunthorpe for an undisclosed fee. He scored 11 goals in 61 games for the Tykes.
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League One: 6th FA Cup: 3rd Round League Cup: 1st round
When the O’s travelled to Oakwell in December, Barnsley were in 15th place and hadn’t won in the league for four games. Despite the win over Orient they lost five of their next eight games. Although the other three games ended in victory for Barnsley, they were sliding towards the wrong end of the table. That poor run cost Danny Wilson his job last month
Youth coaches Mark Burton and Paul Heckingbottom took charge of the the Crawley game in which the Tykes were thrashed 5-1. However, the duo won against Crewe and Scunthorpe before Lee Johnson made the switch to the Oakwell dugout.
Since becoming Barnsley boss, Johnson has won all four games and his new team have conceded just one goal. The Tykes are currently on a six-match winning streak that has catapulted them up the table from 18th all the way into the last play-off spot.
On Saturday Lee Johnson returned to Boundary Park and he led his new club to a victory against his old side. Lewin Nyatanga broke the deadlock just after the half hour mark and Conor Hourihane soon made it 2-0 to Barnsley. Oldham pulled a goal back just before the break through Mike Jones but Nyatanga killed the game off by scoring his second of the game with twenty minutes remaining. Things got even worse for the Latics as they were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Adam Lockwood late on.
Davies, Holgate, Cranie, Nyatanga, John, Pearson (Bailey 81′), O’Sullivan, Scowen, Hourihane, Lalkovic (Winnall 62′), Waring (Ibehre 87′)
Dibble, Mvoto, Bailey, Smith, Winnall, Jennings, Ibehre
The Tykes hadn’t won six games in a row in the league since 1980 and if they manage to beat the O’s on Tuesday night they will equal their winning streak of April 1955.
Barnsley’s strength this season has been their home record rather than their form on the road. The Tykes have lost half of their away games so far this season, though they have won their last three on their travels.
Lee Johnson has no new injury problems within his squad.
The Tykes boss will monitor the fitness of Sam Winnall ahead of the trip to E10 to determine whether he is fit enough to make his first start since November or whether he will have to continue on the bench for now.
Barnsley will also be without Mike Phenix who has joined Macclesfield Town on loan.
Irish midfielder Conor Hourihane is currently Barnsley’s top goalscorer with 13 goals in 43 appearances so far this season.
His first of the campaign came in the 2-2 draw with Coventry and he followed that up with a goal in his next two outings. He grabbed a brace in the 3-5 defeat against MK Dons and scored a consolation goal against Port Vale taking his tally to six goals in ten games.
The 24 year-old returned to form in front of goal in October and November, scoring four in five, however he has found goals harder to come by in the second half of the season. He did manage to find the net against the O’s in December and he scored against Yeovil in January. On Saturday he ended a run of 12 games without a goal.
Orient youth graduate Jabo Ibehre broke into the first team at the age of 17 in March 2000. Over the next 8 years he made 243 appearances for the O’s scoring 41 goals. In September 2012 Ibehre joined Colchester initially on a three month loan deal from MK Dons and after impressing, he joined the U’s on a permanent basis. He was voted Colchester’s player of the year for 2012/13. Ibehre recently joined Barnsley on loan.
When the two sides met in December, Barnsley extended Orient’s losing streak to four games. The Tykes took advantage of a poor half from the O’s, establishing a two goal lead before the interval. First Conor Hourihane rounded Adam Legzdins and slotted the ball home, then Devante Cole slotted the ball under the Orient stopper to make it 2-0 to the Tykes. Barnsley were reduced to ten men with twenty minutes remaining as goalkeeper Ross Turnbull was shown a straight red card for handling outside his area. Despite having a numerical advantage Orient couldn’t get themselves back in the game.
Before that game, the two sides hadn’t met since January 1982. That match took place at Brisbane Road and the visitors were able to claim a comfortable 3-1 win.
Orient’s last home win over Barnsley was in February 1970 and the O’s won by four goals to two.
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Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: William Bull and David Rock
Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven
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