Leyton Orient kick-off the new year with a trip to Broadhall Way where Ian Hendon will go up against his former West Ham colleague Teddy Sheringham. Sheringham’s Stevenage had a disappointing end to 2015 so they will be keen to start the year with a positive result. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
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Stevenage ended 2015 with two consecutive defeats and they start the new year in 19th place in League Two on 26 points.
Last time out Stevenage suffered a 3-1 defeat against struggling Dagenham & Redbridge. The Daggers scored two goals in quick succession to establish a 2-0 lead. First Ashley Chambers found the net then Joss Labadie scored just a minute later. Fraser Franks netted for Stevenage just after the half-hour to reduce the deficit, but Christian Doidge restored Dagenham’s two goal cushion five minutes later and that proved to be enough to seal the win.
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Teddy Sheringham has an injury crisis to contend with. As many as 12 senior players could miss the match against the O’s on Saturday.
Jerome Okimo faces six weeks out after tearing his medial meniscus in the warm up on Boxing Day.
He joins Adam Marriott, Jesse Joronen, Steve Schumacher, David McAllister, Jack Jebb, Connor Ogilvie and Ben Kennedy on the injury list.
Dean Wells is also out of action, Lee Cox and MacFazdean are doubts, while Dean Parrett has a muscle problem.
Meanwhile top-scorer Chris Whelpdale is on the sidelines with a groin injury.
As a result, Sheringham is likely to name a youthful bench when his side face the O’s.
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Last time out the O’s suffered defeat against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.
Rory Gaffney gave Rovers the lead on the half hour as he weaved his way past Cole Kpekawa, Jean-Yves M’voto and Connor Essam before firing the ball past Alex Cisak.
Jay Simpson put the O’s back on level terms in first half stoppage time. Blair Turgott delivered a low cross into the 6 yard box and Simpson was on hand to finish from close range.
However, Gaffney struck again in the second half to give Rovers all three points. The loanee striker latched on to a long ball forward and found the far corner with a first-time volley.
Ian Hendon’s men are currently in 9th place, just one point adrift from a play-off place but teams around them have games in hand.
The O’s will be without their captain again as Mathieu Baudry continues to serve his suspension following his dismissal against Portsmouth on Boxing Day.
It has also emerged that Lloyd James will be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future. The 27 year-old has been out with an Achilles injury which is likely to rule him out for the next six to eight weeks.
Jean-Yves M’voto is also an injury doubt due to a groin injury. Sammy Moore is not yet ready to return from his leg injury either. Harry Lee is also injured and has now returned from his loan spell with Welling.
Dean Cox and Paul McCallum are continuing their recoveries following their cruciate knee ligament injuries.
Ian Hendon has added to his squad with the loan signing of Hull City winger Calaum Jahraldo-Martin and he is available to feature against Stevenage.
Sammy Moore spent the second half of the 2007/08 season with Stevenage and made 12 appearances for the club.
Capacity: 6,920 (Seating 3,412)
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Referee: Darren Deadman
Assistants: Ian Cooper and Mark Howes
Fourth Official: Adam Crysell
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