Leyton Orient return to action at Brisbane Road today (Saturday) as they host Russell Slade’s Charlton Athletic.
After a tumultuous season last term the Addicks were relegated from the Championship after they accumulated 40 points from 46 games, leaving them in 22nd place and 9 points from safety.
Last month Russell Slade left Cardiff City to become Jose Riga’s successor at the Valley. His first game in charge of the Addicks saw a 4-1 win over Welling. Charlton then lost their next pre-season fixture against Bromley.
Slade’s side then travelled to Austria for a training camp. They suffered a 1-0 defeat against Russian Premier League team Anzhi Makhachkala but they managed to beat Maccabi Petah Tikva of the Israeli Premier League by a goal to nil. On the same day a Charlton XI defeated Dulwich Hamlet.
Charlton have made signed five players so far this summer. They acquired Nicky Ajose from Swindon Town and Ricky Holmes from Northampton Town for undisclosed fees. They have also purchased Louis-Michel Yamfam from Stevenage, while Lee Novak has arrived on a free transfer from Birmingham City. Andrew Crofts could make his first appearance for the Addicks against the O’s after he joined from Brighton yesterday. However, they have lost the influential Icelandic midfielder Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson after a successful summer with his national team at Euro 2016. Charlton’s player of the year in the last two seasons Jordan Cousins has also left the Valley for QPR.
Russell Slade managed the O’s in 242 games in just over 4 years with the club, but he won’t be the only familiar face in the Charlton dugout. Earlier this week Kevin Nugent was reunited with Slade, becoming his assistant manager. In January Nugent decided to leave Brisbane Road after almost a decade as part of the coaching staff. He then had a spell with Luton Town as first team coach before taking this new job.
As a player Nugent began his career with the O’s and made over 150 appearances for the club during two spells.
Some O’s fans may also remember Ahmed Kashi. The Algerian midfielder had a trial with Orient in the summer of 2012.
Orient were victorious in their last pre-season outing. On Tuesday night the O’s defeated National League side Woking by two goals to one. The match remained goalless at the break but Dean Cox broke the deadlock and he then turned provider for Paul McCallum who made it 2-0. Both will have been pleased to get on the scoresheet after their long injury lay-offs last season due to knee ligament injuries.
The Orient squad included three trialists and Andy Hessenthaler is expected to be taking another look at Reece Brown when his team face Charlton.
Jay Simpson and Ollie Palmer both missed the trip to Woking though it has been suggested that Hessenthaler opted to rest the pair. Aron Pollock did not feature as he is set to miss pre-season due to tendonitis, however Jordan Bowery was back in action having previously missed out due to a hip flexor issue.
Charlton have a fairly lengthy injury list at present with Nicky Ajose, Harry Lennon, Patrick Bauer Alou Diarra and Ahmed Kashi all on the sidelines. However, El-Hadji Ba could be available.
Orient and Charlton last met at the Valley in the League Cup in August 2012. Mathieu Baudry cancelled out Scott Wagstaff’s goal on the brink of half-time and the two sides could not be separated after 120 minutes, meaning the tie went to penalties. Orient then won 4-3 in the shoot-out.
They last played each other at Brisbane Road in December 2011. Ben Hamer’s dismissal after five minutes put Charlton on the back foot and Matthew Spring’s first-half goal proved to be enough to seal the win for the hosts.
The Addicks’ last away win against Orient was back in August 2010. Despite going down to ten-men when Christian Dailly was sent off Charlton secured a 1-3 win thanks to goals from Alan McCormack, Scott Wagstaff and Chris Solly. Scott McGleish scored Orient’s goal on the night.
Tickets for the game are available on the day. You can find more pre-season ticket information here.
Tomorrow's friendly fixture against Charlton Athletic will have unreserved seating for both home (West) and away (North) supporters
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Cash admission from all turnstiles in both stands. Ticket Office sales will also be unreserved so no specific seat selection available.
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