Leyton Orient will be hoping to build upon last weekend’s victory when they host Accrington Stanley on Saturday. However, Stanley have started the season well and they are now right behind the O’s after their win last time out. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
[textmarker color=”F00000″ type=”background color”]Leyton Orient[/textmarker]
Last Saturday, Leyton Orient ended their winless run by recording a 0-1 victory over Morecambe.
Orient’s goal came in fortuitous circumstances as the ball rebounded off of Jack Payne on the edge of the hosts’ penalty area and travelled past Shrimps stopper Barry Roche.
Alex Cisak had to make some good saves in the latter stages of the game, but the O’s held out to record just their second victory in eleven games and their first clean sheet since August.
Orient’s form now looks better as they are undefeated in their last three and they have lost once in their last five outings.
The O’s currently sit in six place in League Two and they are now only a point off third place and just two points off of second place.
Ian Hendon has the majority of his squad fit and available for the visit of Accrington Stanley. Paul McCallum is the only player who is set to miss out through injury as his damaged knee ligaments will mean he is on the sidelines for much of the remainder of the season.
Hendon decided to drop Dean Cox from the squad entirely last weekend, though the midfielder did travel to Morecambe. The Orient boss suggested that he was unhappy with Cox’s work in training. Cox played a full 90 minutes for the reserves against Bournemouth in midweek, but it remains to be seen whether he will get back into the matchday squad on Saturday.
Lloyd James scored against the Cherries and he will be hoping to work his way into the starting line-up.
In July 2010 Alex Cisak joined Accrington Stanley. He played 25 games for Stanley as they reached the League Two play-offs.
[textmarker color=”FFEE03″ type=”background color”]Accrington Stanley[/textmarker]
League 2: 17th
FA Cup: 2nd round
League Cup: 1st Round
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League 2: 7th FA Cup: N/A League Cup: 1st round Top Scorer: Josh Windass 7
Accrington Stanley made a consistent start to the season, but that mainly involved drawing games. In the first month of the season John Coleman’s men recorded 1-1 draws against Luton Town, Notts County and Northampton Town. Accrington suffered a narrow defeat at Morecambe, but they also managed a 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town.
Stanley begun September with a goalless draw against Portsmouth and they remained unbeaten in the league throughout the month, as they strung together four straight wins.
Accrington’s defeat at home to Oxford United at the beginning of October ended an eight-match unbeaten run in the league. Stanley returned to winning ways with a victory at Barnet, however they then lost against Plymouth and AFC Wimbledon.
Last Saturday, Stanley defeated struggling Dagenham & Redbridge by three goals to one. Seamus Conneely put Accrington 1-0 up after just two minutes and Matthew Pearson headed home from a corner to double their lead on the brink of half-time. The home side then made it 3-0 four minutes into the second half as Piero Mingoia’s cross was headed beyond Liam O’Brien by Josh Windass. Nyron Nosworthy pulled a goal back for the Daggers just after the hour, however it was not enough to spark a comeback.
Halliday Wright Pearson Buxton
Mingoia Windass McConville
Etheridge, Procter, Barry (Buxton 9′), Gornell, Quansah, McCartan, Mohamed (Barry 84′)
Although John Coleman’s side lost their last game on the road, they had recorded three consecutive away wins.
Only Wycombe Wanderers have conceded fewer away goals than Stanley in League Two. Accrington have conceded just four goals in seven games on the road this season and they have kept three clean sheets.
John Coleman has a couple of injury concerns to deal with ahead of his side’s trip to Brisbane Road.
Adam Buxton is set to miss the fixture due to a hip flexor injury and he is joined on the sidelines by midfielder Gerardo Bruna.
However, Accrington’s defensive options will be boosted by the return of Liam Wakefield and Tom Davies, while Dean Winnard is also available again following his illness.
Saturday’s fixture will be the first meeting between Accrington Stanley and Leyton Orient.
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Referee: Graham Horwood
Assistants: John Farries and Rob Smith
Fourth Official: Andrew Laver
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