MATCH PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Stevenage – League Two

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Leyton Orient will be hoping to maintain their winning start to their League Two campaign by beating Stevenage at Brisbane Road. Ian Hendon will go up against his former West Ham colleague Teddy Sheringham, whose side are still waiting for their first win of the 2015/16 season. Here we preview Tuesday night’s game:

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Leyton Orient cruised to a 3-1 win against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

The Daggers had a couple of good chances early on but Paul McCallum opened the scoring twenty minutes in, as his header went over Mark Cousins and into the hosts’ net. The O’s were then awarded a penalty just before the half-hour, which was coolly converted by Lloyd James.

In the second half, Dean Cox found the top-corner with a well executed free-kick, putting the visitors 3-0 up. It had been a comfortable afternoon for Ian Hendon’s men, but Jamie Cureton grabbed a consolation goal late-on by lobbing the ball over the on-rushing Alex Cisak.

 

Team News

After enjoying a perfect record in the league so far, Ian Hendon will be tempted to stick with the same line-up and 4-1-2-1-2 formation that served them well against Barnet and Dagenham & Redbridge.

However, he may not be able to do so as Mathieu Baudry suffered a twisted ankle ankle against the Daggers on Saturday. The Frenchman was substituted in the latter stages at the weekend and he returned to the dressing room with an ice pack on his ankle, but is likely to be fit enough to keep his place in the starting line-up.

Should Baudry be ruled out Alan Dunne will be called upon to partner Connor Essam in the heart of the Orient defence.

Gary Woods has been left out of the matchday squad in recent games as Charlie Grainger has been preferred as a substitute.

Jobi McAnuff and Shane Lowry continue to be absent due to the uncertainty over their futures at the club.

 

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Last Season

League Two: 6th FA Cup: 1st round  League Cup: 1st Round  Top scorer:  Charlie Lee 9

Last term Graham Westley led Stevenage to a 6th place finish on 72 points.

The Boro faced Southend in the play-offs and drew 1-1 with the Shrimpers in the first leg at Broadhall Way. However, they missed out on a place in the final. The two teams also drew 1-1 during 90 minutes at Roots Hall therefore an aggregate score of 2-2 led to extra-time. The home side grabbed two goals to prevent the tie going to penalties, thus securing a 4-2 win on aggregate.

Summer Transfers

[tabs title1=”IN” text1=”Mark Hughes (Morecambe), Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town), Brett Williams (Aldershot Town), Fraser Franks (Luton Town), Jamie McCombe (Doncaster Rovers),Tom Hitchcock (MK Dons, Loan), Chris Kettings (Crystal Palace,Loan), Connor Ogilvie (Tottenham Hotspur,Loan)” tabs title2=”OUT” text2=”Jon Ashton (Crawley Town), Chris Beardsley (Mansfield Town), Sam Beasant (Cambridge United), Darius Charles (Burton Albion), Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town) Bira Dembélé (Barnet) Joseph N’Guessan (Q.P.R), Simon Walton (Crawley Town), Harry Worley (Hartlepool United), George Allen, Andrew Bond, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Michael Richens, Calvin Zola” ]

This Season

League Two: 19th  FA Cup: N/A  League Cup: 1st round  Top Scorer: Akinyemi, Hughes 1

Teddy Sheringham has not had the ideal start to his first managerial job, as his Stevenage side are still looking for their first victory of the season. They lost 2-0 against Notts County on the opening day and last week they were knocked out of the League Cup by Championship Ipswich Town in a 2-1 defeat at Portman Road.

On Saturday Stevenage rescued a point late-on against Newport County. Dipo Akinyemi put Sheringham’s side in front shortly before the break, however Newport hit back after the interval. First Aaron Collins found the net with a header, then Scott Boden gave the Exiles the lead ten minutes before time. Stevenage were on course to suffer a third consecutive defeat, however Mark Hughes scored a header in the 90th minute to give his team their first point of the season.

Last Line-up:

Day

Franks   Hughes  Wells  Okimo

Lee  Schumacher  Parrett

Pett   Akinyemi  Williams

(4-3-3)

Substitutes:

Kettings, Hitchcock (Akinyemi 75′), Casey, Conlon (Schumacher 82′), Gorman (Lee 82′), Storer, Ogilvie

Team News

Teddy Sheringham has a couple injury concerns within his squad ahead of the trip to Brisbane Road.

Jamie McCombe and David McAllister both missed Saturday’s draw with Newport County due to injures and they may be unavailable again.

New loan additions Chris Kettings and Connor Ogilvie will be hoping to make their Stevenage debuts against the O’s.

 

 

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The O’s last played Stevenage in February 2014 at Brisbane Road and Orient won by two goals to nil. Moses Odubajo opened the scoring 15 minutes in and Chris Dagnall completed the win mid-way through the first-half.

That victory was Orient’s only home win over Stevenage in four attempts.

Stevenage’s last win in E10 came in August 2012 as Lucas Akins scored the only goal of the game.

 

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

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Assistants: Adrian Sannerude and Daniel Robathan 

Fourth Official: Anthony Serrano

 

 

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