Leyton Orient go into their crunch game against 24th placed Yeovil Town on the back of two straight defeats, however the Glovers also lost in mid-week. Here we preview Saturday’s relegation six-pointer:
[textmarker color=”EB0000″ type=”background color”]Leyton Orient[/textmarker]
Last Saturday the O’s suffered defeat against Peterborough at London Road.
Neither Orient nor the Posh were at their best and there was some degree of fortune which led to the only goal of the game.
Jon Taylor’s cross (though he and Peterborough fans will probably insist it was a shot) looped over the head of Alex Cisak and into the far corner of the Orient goal.
Chris Dagnall and David Mooney had chances to equalise, while Jobi McAnuff forced Ben Alnwick to make a good save after the break.
Peterborough’s Marcus Maddison was dismissed in injury time for a tackle on Luke O’Neill. However, it was too late for Orient’s numerical advantage to play a part and Fabio Liverani’s side failed to find the vital equaliser.
Orient need to get some points on the board ahead of a tough end to to the campaign, and the match against Yeovil is a prime opportunity to launch their bid for survival. However, the O’s have won just one of their nine home fixtures against sides in the bottom half and have lost six of those games.
Not only did the O’s lose last weekend, they were dealt another blow as Romain Vincelot had to be stretchered off seven minutes from time. A scan revealed that the Frenchman suffered medial knee ligament damage which means he will miss the rest of the campaign.
Ryan Hedges and Shane Lowry both missed the trip to Peterborough due to injuries. The Swansea loanee managed some training on Thursday and therefore he may be available for selection against the Glovers. However, Lowry may not be ready for Saturday.
Darius Henderson returned to action as a substitute last week, replacing David Mooney on 55 minutes. He had been out since the end of January with a knee injury.
Lloyd James is working towards full fitness following his long spell on the sidelines, therefore he isn’t expected to return to the first team yet.
Elliot Omozusi is thought to be on the injury list still, along with Adam Legzdins.
The O’s will have Burnley goalkeeper Alex Cisak available after his loan deal was extended until the end of the season on Monday.
Scott Cuthbert replaced Shane Lowry last weekend and he is likely to keep his place. The other change in defence saw Gary Sawyer come in at left back in place of Andrea Dossena. It remains to be seen whether the Italian will return this week.
Hedges was replaced by Bradley Pritchard last Saturday, but Liverani may want a more attacking threat against fellow strugglers therefore Dean Cox could be recalled for this important game, particularly if the Swansea winger isn’t fully fit.
However, Pritchard is likely to be in contention to replace Vincelot in the heart of the Orient midfield. Marvin Bartley is the only other obvious candidate given Lloyd James is short of fitness.
[textmarker color=”27780E” type=”background color”]Yeovil Town[/textmarker]
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[tabs title1=”IN” text1=”Alex Smith (Swindon Town,Free), Gozie Ugwu (Dunfermline Athletic,Free), Fergus Bell (Mansfield Town, Free), Craig Eastmond (Colchester United,Free), Liam Shephard (Swansea City, Loan), Josh Sheehan (Swansea City, Loan), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City, Loan), Byron Webster (Millwall,Loan), Scott Loach (Rotherham United, Loan)” tabs title2=”OUT” text2=”Aaron Martin (Coventry City, Free), Calvin Brooks (Weymouth, Free), Brendan Moloney (Northampton Town, Free)” ]
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Following their defeat to the O’s at the end of December, Yeovil were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and then suffered another loss against Barnsley on their return to league action. However, the Glovers ended a five game losing streak with a win at Bradford and then managed draws against Preston and Coventry, which lifted them off the foot of the table. A loss against Peterborough in their next game meant they returned to the bottom of the league and it was at that point that Gary Johnson was sacked.
Caretaker manager, Terry Skiverton managed to lead Yeovil to a win against Crawley, but three defeats and two draws followed. Last weekend that streak of five games without a win came to an end as a late James Hayter goal secured a 2-1 win over Oldham.
On Tuesday night Yeovil lost to runaway league leaders Bristol City by three goals to nil. The Glovers held the Robins during the first half, with the scoreline remaining goalless at the break. However, that changed just two minutes into the second half as Kieran Agard found the net from Joe Bryan’s cross. Luke Freeman then added the second just two minutes after the opener. Four minutes from time George Saville sealed a comfortable win which extended his side’s lead at the top and left the Glovers at the foot of the table.
Loach, Shephard, Arthurworrey, Webster, Smith, Morgan, Sheehan, Foley (Berrett 70′), Grant, Moore (Hayter 50′), Ugwu
Leitch-Smith, Krysiak, Hoskins, Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Eastmond
The Glovers are four points adrift from safety but a win over the O’s would see them move above Orient, and potentially Crawley and Colchester too if the match between those two teams ends in a draw.
Yeovil haven’t won in their last seven away games. Their last win on the road was against Oldham in mid-December.
Terry Skiverton is expecting to have club captain Joe Edwards available for selection again for Saturday’s game. He has been on the sidelines in recent weeks with an ankle injury.
Stephen Kingsley could also be in line to return to the squad, while goalkeeper Chris Weale is back in training after three months out with a foot injury.
Jakub Sokolik is still on the road to recovery following his knee injury but he isn’t thought to be available yet.
Simon Gillett and Kevin Dawson are expected to be out for the rest of the season with knee and pelvis injuries respectively.
22 year-old striker Kieffer Moore is Yeovil’s joint-top goalscorer, though he has only managed four goals in 28 appearances. He missed games during October and November, but all of his goals came before Christmas and he hasn’t found the net since December.
The Glovers are yet to lose when Moore has got on the scoresheet this season.
Despite only re-joining the club in January, Gozie Ugwu has already matched Moore’s tally. Ugwu marked his second debut with a goal and has so far bagged four goals in 12 games. Like Moore’s record, Yeovil haven’t lost this season when Ugwu has been on target. The 21 year-old striker hasn’t scored in his last four games
Alex Smith had a short loan spell with the O’s in November 2012, making 4 appearances during a loan spell from Fulham.
Orient’s last game of 2014 was against the Glovers and the O’s managed their first away win under Fabio Liverani. Chris Dagnall broke the deadlock ten minutes before the interval and Kevin Lisbie added a second shortly after the hour mark. Dean Cox then wrapped up a comfortable win with four minutes remaining, scoring his 50th goal for the club.
Last season the O’s travelled to Huish Park for an FA Cup tie. Orient crashed out of the competition as they lost to Yeovil by four goals to nil. Joel Grant found the net between a James Hayter brace and Kieffer Moore sealed the Glovers’ progression with a fourth goal in injury time.
The O’s last beat Yeovil at home in January 2013 in a Football League Trophy Southern Semi-Final. Anthony Griffith was sent-off with fifteen minutes left. Despite only having ten men, Orient managed to progress to the area final in dramatic fashion as David Mooney snatched a last-gasp winner in injury time.
Orient’s last defeat against Yeovil at Brisbane Road was a heavy one. In March 2011 the Glovers claimed a comprehensive 5-1 win. Shaun MacDonald gave the visitors an early lead and things got worse for the O’s as Matthew Spring was sent-off after a quarter-of-an-hour. MacDonald doubled his side’s advantage soon after and he then completed his hat-trick from the spot just before the interval. Andy Welsh made it 4-0 right after the restart and although Dean Cox pulled a goal back with twenty minutes remaining, Dean Bowditch made it 5-1 late on.
[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]Match Officials[/textmarker]
Referee: Andy D’urso
Assistants: Michael George and Graham Kane
Fourth Official: Craig Hicks
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