Leyton Orient really need to start picking up wins in the league again and they will be hoping to relieve the pressure with a home victory this weekend. However, their opponents York City are in worse form as they have lost five in a row. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
[textmarker color=”F00000″ type=”background color”]Leyton Orient[/textmarker]
Last Sunday lunchtime the O’s lost in front of the Sky Sports cameras as Hartlepool came from a goal down to win 3-1.
The O’s made a good start and Bradley Pritchard gave Orient the lead after 13 minutes. The Zimbabwean seized upon a loose ball in the Hartlepool penalty area, shifted the ball and drilled a low shot into the hosts’ net.
However, things started to unravel for Ian Hendon’s men when Hartlepool were awarded a penalty after Alan Dunne inexplicably opted to use his hand to divert a cross away. Kudus Oyenuga stroked the ball past Charlie Grainger from the spot to equalise.
The Pool went on to take the lead with twenty minutes left. Jake Gray tried his luck from just outside the Orient box and his low drive deflected into the net off of Alan Dunne. Gray then ensured a Hartlepool victory by grabbing his second of the day five minutes from time. The loanee ghosted in behind Lloyd James and fired the ball into the far corner of Grainger’s goal.
The result was a disappointing one for Ian Hendon and his side and as you have probably heard by now the Orient squad and staff have spent the last week living in the Marriott Hotel Waltham Abbey. Francesco Becchetti apparently suggested the idea and the squad have been travelling to training by coach. The players have been allowed to see their families, but they have been instructed to return to the hotel for the night.
A poor run of form that has seen just two wins in Orient’s last twelve league games has prompted Hendon to try this more radical approach. How effective this unusual preparation has been will be seen in their performance against York.
Alex Cisak is available again after missing the trip to Hartlepool due to international duty with Australia and he will go straight back into the starting line-up.
Charlie Grainger played in goal last weekend in Cisak’s absence, however the 19 year-old will miss Saturday’s game due to appendicitis. Sam Sargeant will take his place on the bench.
Dean Cox and Paul McCallum are both on the sidelines for the foreseeable future due to knee ligament injuries . Connor Essam also remains out of action due to an ankle ligament injury.
Sammy Moore did not travel with the squad to the north east as his daughter was born just before the squad made the trip. However, he is now back in contention.
Ian Hendon has also strengthened his defensive options by recruiting Cole Kpekawa on loan from QPR this week as well as signing centre-back Jean-Yves M’voto on a free transfer. However it remains to be seen whether the Orient boss will make a change or stick by Alan Dunne.
Alex Cisak joined York on loan in October 2014 and he made 10 appearances for the Minstermen.
[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]York City[/textmarker]
League 2: 18th
FA Cup: 1st round
League Cup: 1st round
Top scorer: Jake Hyde 9
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League 2: 22nd FA Cup: 1st round League Cup: 2nd round Top Scorer: Vadaine Oliver 6
York City have endured a difficult campaign so far and as a result they currently sit in 22nd place in League Two on 12 points, just two points above the relegation zone and three points off the bottom.
Russ Wilcox was in the York dugout for the first eighteen games of the season, but during that time he managed just two victories in fifteen league games. Wilcox was sacked a month ago after his side had gone nine games without a victory.
Richard Cresswell took on the role of caretaker manager for the match against Crawley, but he could not prevent the Minstermen from suffering another defeat.
Jackie McNamara was named as Wilcox’s permanent successor at the start of November, but the former Scotland international is yet to oversee a victory. York have lost all three games with McNamara in charge, extending their losing streak to five games and overall they haven’t won in their last eight.
On Saturday York City lost against league leaders Plymouth Argyle. Jake Jervis put the Pilgrims a goal up twenty minutes in by heading the ball home from a Graham Carey cross. Then, right before the break Carey doubled the visitors’ lead, applying the finish to Gregg Wylde’s cut back. York managed to pull a goal back in stoppage time as Ben Godfrey notched his first senior goal.
Nolan Swan Winfield Ilesanmi
Collins Berrett Godfrey
Turner Oliver Coulson
Straker, Hyde, Ingham, Sinclair, Lowe (Winfield 72′), Tutonda (Collins 55′), Greening (Turner 46′)
The Minstermen will be hoping to record their first away league win for five games. York haven’t won a League Two fixture since they recorded a 3-0 victory at Newport in September.
York have only managed seven goals in their eight away games, only Yeovil have scored fewer goals away from home in League Two this term.
McNamara signed Huddersfield Town Under-21s captain William Boyle on loan this week and the young defender will be hoping to go straight into the team to face the O’s on Saturday.
Russell Penn has been on the sidelines recently with an ankle injury, however the midfielder could be included in the squad this weekend.
Marvin McCoy has served his one-match suspension having accumulated five yellow cards, therefore he is available for selection again.
Dave Winfield will miss out however, as he suffered a concussion in the match against Plymouth. Luke Summerfield and Reece Thompson are doubts for the trip to London too.
Luke Summerfield had a three-month loan spell with the O’s in September 2009, during which time he made 15 appearances in an Orient shirt.
Leyton Orient and York City have not played each other since the 2003/04 season.
The O’s won the last meeting in May 2004. York took an early lead thanks to Stuart Wise, but his goal was cancelled out by Mark Peters just before the half-hour. Gary Alexander then put the O’s in front on the brink of half-time and that proved to be enough to give Orient all three points at Bootham Crescent.
The match at Brisbane Road earlier that year ended in a 2-2 draw. Justin Miller put the hosts ahead after just three minutes and Lee Thorpe then gave the O’s a two goal lead ten minutes before the break. However, the Minstermen staged a second-half comeback to snatch a point. First Darren Edmondson reduced the deficit, then Stephen Brackstone got the equaliser shortly after the hour.
York last returned from Brisbane Road with all three points in February 2003. Anthony Shandran scored the only goal of the game to seal the win.
The O’s have won just one of the last thirteen fixtures between the two sides and they haven’t beaten York in E10 in their last six attempts.
Orient’s last home win over York was way back in September 1993. The O’s won 2-0 courtesy of a brace from Colin West.
[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]Match Officials[/textmarker]
Referee: Lee Collins
Assistants: Ian Cooper and Alan Dale
Fourth Official: Ian Fissenden
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