MATCH PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Stevenage – League Two

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Leyton Orient will be hoping to put Saturday’s poor performance behind them as they are back in action at home against Stevenage. Here we preview Tuesday night’s game:

[textmarker color=”C20000″ type=”background color”]Leyton Orient[/textmarker]

On Saturday, Leyton Orient produced a lacklustre performance against Newport County and as a result, they suffered a 1-0 defeat.

The O’s created a couple of opportunities to deliver crosses into the box early on but they failed to take advantage of those opportunities. Orient’s performance deteriorated after that short spell of promising play and they fell behind shortly after the half-hour. For the second game in a row, the O’s conceded the first goal of the game from a corner.  Marlon Jackson met the delivery at the near post and flicked the ball across goal. Jamie Turley then raced in at the far post and poked the ball into Alex Cisak’s net.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men had more of the ball after the interval but their attacking play was still all too often uninspiring. Late on, Sandro Semedo delivered a fine cross towards the far post for an unmarked Ollie Palmer, but the Orient striker somehow missed the target with his diving header.

Andy Hessenthaler was naturally disappointed with the result and performance on Saturday and he has called upon his side to sharpen up in front of goal.

Team News

Hessenthaler may find his attacking options limited when he selects his team to face Stevenage.

Jordan Bowery came off the bench against Newport after sitting out the League Cup tie due to a knee injury and it seems that that problem has been aggravated and therefore he is a doubt for tonight’s game.

Similarly, Paul McCallum made his first start of the season at the weekend, however, he too has a knee problem. Hessenthaler has stressed the importance of protecting McCallum as the knee that was operated on following his cruciate ligament is the one troubling him.

There is still uncertainty of Jay Simpson’s future and availability for selection. Andy Hessenthaler said at the weekend that the club have not received offers for Simpson and he was hopeful that last season’s top scorer would be available for the visit of Stevenage. However, it remains to be seen whether Simpson will be back in the squad.

Tom Parkes returned to the starting line-up last time out after missing the Fulham match due to a dislocated shoulder and he is set to continue in the side.

After such a poor performance on Saturday, it is likely that Andy Hessenthaler may want to make changes to his line-up. Nigel Atangana is a prime candidate for a start after impressing from the bench in the last two games and the O’s boss has more or less stated that he will include the Frenchman in his starting lineup.

 

Ex-Boro

Armand Gnanduillet had a loan spell with Stevenage last term and he scored six goals in 16 appearances for the club.

 

[textmarker color=”121C3B” type=”background color”]Stevenage[/textmarker]

Last Season

League Two: 18th FA Cup: 2nd round  League Cup: 1st Round  Top scorer: Chris Whelpdale 9

Stevenage suffered a season of decline last term as the appointment of Teddy Sheringham failed to pay off.

The 50-year-old was appointed in the hope that he could take the club a step further than the play-off finish they achieved in 2014/15.  However, for much of Sheringham’s short tenure, Stevenage were struggling in the bottom half of League Two as the former Tottenham striker managed just six league wins in his 29 games in charge.

Following a run of eight games without a win, Sheringham was sacked on the 1st February 2016, with Stevenage in 19th place in League Two.

First team coach Darren Sarll took over, initially on a part-time basis, but there wasn’t a great deal of improvement. Sarll managed two wins and six defeats in his first eight games, but he did steady the ship towards the end of the campaign. Stevenage suffered one loss in their last nine games and they were unbeaten in their five (though that run included three draws)

Stevenaged finished twelve places lower than the previous year and they accumulated 24 fewer points.

 

Summer Transfers

[tabs title1=”IN” text1=”Andrew Fox (Peterborough), Matthew Godden (Ebbsfleet, Undisclosed) Jamie Jones (Preston North End), Rowan Liburd (Reading, Undisclosed), Jake Hyde (York City), Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient), Shaun Donnellan (West Bromwich Albion, Loan), Connor Hunte (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Loan)” tabs title2=”OUT” text2=”Dean Parrett (AFC Wimbledon), Chris Whelpdale (AFC Wimbledon), Louis-Michel Yamfam (Charlton Athletic, Undisclosed), Adam Marriott (Lincoln City), Dipo Akinyemi (St Albans City, Loan), Ryan Johnson (St Albans City, Loan), Charlie Adams, Lee Cox, Rohdell Gordon, Jack Jebb, David McAllister, Aaron O’Connor, Jerome Okimo”]

This Season

League Two: 19th  League Cup: 2nd Round  Top-scorer: Ben Kennedy 2

Like Orient, Darren Sarll’s men are still looking for their first league win of the season.

Stevenage suffered defeat at Crewe on the opening day of the season. Ryan Lowe and Alex Kiwomya gave the Railwaymen a two-goal lead in the second half. Charlie Lee scored a consolation goal for Boro in stoppage time but it was too late to get the away side back in the game.

However, unlike the O’s, Stevenage have claimed a victory this season. A week ago they pulled off a League Cup upset against Championship Ipswich thanks to Ben Kennedy’s goal in the second half of their first-round tie.

On Saturday, they were back in League Two action against Notts County at Meadow Lane. Stevenage took the lead after nine minutes as Jobi McAnuff set up Ben Kennedy for the opening goal. However, County drew level nine minutes later when Jon Stead chipped the ball over Jamie Jones and into the Stevenage net.

 

Stevenage Last Line-up:

Jones

Henry  Wilkinson  Franks  Fox

Conlon  Tonge  Lee  McAnuff

Kennedy   Godden

(4-4-2)

Substitutes:

Day, Pett, Liburd, Gorman, Donnellan, Kerr, Hyde (Kennedy 76′)

Team News

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll is set to have most of his squad available to him for the trip to Brisbane Road.

Dean Wells is set to miss out again due to the hamstring injury that he picked up in the League Cup win over Ipswich.

Steven Schumacher is also on the injury list at Broadhall Way as he is still recovering from the cruciate ligament injury that he sustained last November.

Ex O’s

Martin Ling signed Jamie Jones  for the O’s in June 2008 following his release from his boyhood club Everton. He went on to make 179 appearances during six seasons at Brisbane Road.

Jobi McAnuff joined Orient in the summer of 2014 and he made 57 appearances for the O’s over two seasons, scoring six goals. He left the club earlier this summer.

Glenn Roeder was appointed as Stevenage’s managerial advisor in March. Roeder made his senior debut with Orient in 1973 and he went on to make 115 appearances for the O’s before leaving for QPR in 1978. He then returned to Brisbane Road in January 1992, but he made just eight more appearances for the club before moving on to Gillingham in November 1992.

 

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In 2015/16 Leyton Orient avoided defeat in both fixtures against Stevenage. However, when the two sides last met back in January it looked like the O’s were heading for an away loss.

After a goalless first half, Orient took the lead from the spot as Jay Simpson converted his penalty to make it 0-1. Stevenage turned the game on its head thanks to a quickfire brace from Armand Gnanduillet which put the hosts 2-1. The home side were still leading going into stoppage time but Simpson popped up again to grab a late equaliser that brought his tally to 20 goals for the season.

When Stevenage made the trip to Brisbane Road last August they were overwhelmed in the last quarter-of-an-hour as Orient ran out winners by three goals to nil.

The O’s had come close to breaking the deadlock in the first half but they didn’t open the scoring until the 74 minute when Jay Simpson headed home from a Dean Cox cross. Blair Turgott then scored one of Orient’s best goals of the season, finishing a counter-attack with a fine strike to make it 2-0. Ollie Palmer then sealed the win in stoppage time, scoring his first goal for the club.

Stevenage’s only league win over the O’s came at Brisbane Road in August 2012. Lucas Akins scored the only goal of the game mid-way through the first half to seal all three points for the visitors.

 

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

Referee: Brett Huxtable

Assistants: Andrew Hendley and Paul Hobday

Fourth Official:  Steve Child

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