MATCH PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Accrington Stanley – League Two


Leyton Orient return to action on Saturday after a break last weekend.  The O’s will be desperate to improve at home when they host fellow strugglers Accrington.  Here we preview Saturday’s game:

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It has been two weeks since Andy Edwards’ first game in the Orient dugout as manager. Unfortunately, Edwards couldn’t halt Orient’s losing streak as Doncaster claimed a convincing victory.

Doncaster dominated in terms of possession and chances. Tommy Rowe and Andy Butler were both denied by the woodwork and it was Orient that took the lead against the run of play.

Callum Kennedy curled a fine free-kick into the top corner of the Rovers net from 30 yards out. However, the hosts continued to create chances and Liam Mandeville came so close to an equaliser, but Rovers were denied by the woodwork for the third time.

Doncaster eventually drew level right before the break. Jordan Houghton fired the ball into the bottom corner of Alex Cisak’s net to make it 1-1.

The home side continued where they left off in the second half and they took the lead from the spot on the hour. Josh Koroma gave the penalty away and Liam Mandeville sent Cisak the wrong way.

Doncaster were awarded another penalty seven minutes later. Tom Parkes brought Rowe down and Mandeville scored his second penalty of the afternoon to seal a 3-1 win.


Last Line-up:


Judd  Pollock  Parkes  Kennedy

Collins  Weir  Atangana  Semedo

Simpson  Palmer



Sargeant, Dunne, Janse, Koroma (Semedo 57′), Bowery, Dalby, McCallum (Palmer 65′)


The O’s are currently in 22nd place in League Two and they are only being kept out of the drop zone on goal difference. Andy Edwards’ men could well be at the foot of the table after Saturday’s game, while the best they can hope for is to replace Accrington in 20th place.

Orient have lost their last eight league games at Brisbane Road and they have won just two of their last 13 league games overall.

Furthermore, Exeter are the only League Two side to have scored fewer goals in home league fixtures than Orient. The O’s have managed just six goals in ten games.

Team News

Andy Edwards is set to have a few players fit again ahead of the visit of Accrington.

Jens Janse returned to the squad at the Keepmoat after recovering from a shoulder injury and despite doubts over Robbie Weir (illness) and Callum Kennedy (groin), both were fit enough to start last time out.

Nicky Hunt missed the defeat against Doncaster due to an ankle injury, however, he has since returned to training and he is expected to be available for Saturday’s game.

Gavin Massey can also be selected again after serving his one-match suspension for receiving five yellow cards.

Ulrich Nnomo has been out of action since October after picking up an ankle injury against Luton and he remains a doubt for this Saturday. Yvan Erichot could be unavailable again as well due to a recurrence of his groin injury.

Teddy Mezague recently featured in a friendly that was played behind closed doors. However, he is not yet expected to be in contention for the first team as he is still recovering from his Achilles injury.

Liam Kelly is not expected to return from his hamstring injury until around February. Harry Cornick is still recovering from his groin injury at his parent club Bournemouth.

Ex Stanley

In July 2010, Alex Cisak joined Accrington Stanley. He played 25 games for Stanley as they reached the League Two play-offs.

Nicky Hunt  played 71 games for Stanley during two-and-a-half seasons before leaving in June 2015.

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Last Season

League Two: 4th FA Cup: 2nd Round  League Cup: 1st Round  Top scorer: Billy Kee 17

Accrington Stanley came close to achieving promotion from League Two last term.

John Coleman’s side spent much of the campaign in the play-off places but an 11-game unbeaten run put them well in contention for an automatic promotion place going into the final day.

Accrington needed to beat Stevenage to book a place in League One but they only managed a draw. Bristol Rovers defeated Dagenham & Redbridge in their last fixture of the season. Stanley and Rovers finished on 85 points but Bristol Rovers were promoted by virtue of a better goal difference.

Accrington had to settle for a play-off place. They faced AFC Wimbledon in the semi-finals, but they suffered a 1-0 defeat away from home in the first leg as they conceded a late goal.  In the second leg, Stanley were 2-1 after 90 minutes thanks to a Josh Windass penalty and a Piero Mingoia goal, however, Lyle Taylor’s goal in stoppage time killed off Stanley’s play-off hopes. AFC Wimbledon went on to win the play-off final.

Summer Transfers

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This Season

League Two: 20th  FA Cup: 3rd Round  League Cup: 3rd Round  Top-scorer: Boco, Kee 7

Accrington arrive at Brisbane Road in 20th place on 21 points, just three ahead of the O’s.

Despite winning against Doncaster on the opening day, John Coleman’s men made a shaky start to the new campaign, picking up four points from their first five games. Stanley’s form then improved as they lost just one of their next nine league fixtures.

However, they are currently on a run of six league games without a win and four defeats in the sequence makes them the out of form side in League Two.

Their last league victory came at home against Blackpool in mid-October and Accrington haven’t managed a league win on the road since late September when they beat Colchester.

Accrington have scored just seven goals in their nine league games away from home which is the lowest tally in the division. However, statistically their defence is ranked 6th best in the league away from home, averaging 1.11 goals conceded per game.

Stanley’s last league outing was a 1-1 draw at home to Yeovil Town.

Unlike Orient,  Accrington were in action last weekend as they made the trip to face Woking in the second round of the FA Cup.

The Cards made a bright start as Dennon Lewis was presented with a good opportunity two minutes into the tie, but he missed the target. Stanley eventually broke the deadlock ten minutes before the interval. Billy Kee fired the ball home from close range to put Accrington ahead.

Stanley eventually broke the deadlock ten minutes before the interval. Billy Kee fired the ball home from close range to put Accrington ahead.Things got even worse for Woking two minutes later as they went down to men after Charlie Carter received a straight red card.

Kee then scored his and Accrington’s second of the afternoon, poking the ball into the hosts’ net to make it 0-2 at the break.

Shortly after the hour mark, Accrington put the tie to bed as John O’Sullivan headed in a third goal to book his side’s place in round three.

Last Line-up:

Chapman, Pearson, Beckles, Hughes, McConville, Brown (Davies 88′), Conneely, Lacey (Boco 58′), O’Sullivan, Clark, Kee (Gornell 72′)

Unused Substitutes:

Parish, McCartan, Hewitt, Sykes

John Coleman has described the match against the O’s as a ‘big game’for his side, as they look to move away from the relegation zone ahead of the busy festive period. The Accrington boss highlighted his sides’ lack of goals as well as their struggles against sides below them in the table.

Team News

Stanley goalkeeper Elliot Parish is a doubt for the trip to Brisbane Road. The 26-year-old picked up a knee injury during the warm up before the FA Cup tie with Woking.

Stanley boss John Coleman may also have Bristol City loanee Zak Vyner unavailable to him after the 19-year-old defender missed last weekend’s game.

Accrington will also be without Janoi Donacien.

Ex O’s

Gary Taylor-Fletcher signed for Orient from Northwich Victoria for a fee of £50,000. He made 24 appearances for the O’s during two seasons, but he managed just two goals for the club.




The two sides met for the first time last season and the O’s suffered defeat in both fixtures against Accrington last term.

Orient hosted Stanley at Brisbane Road at the end of October. Connor Essam had a great opportunity for the O’s but he failed to convert. The visitors took all three points thanks to a goal from Josh Windass mid-way through the first-half.

The O’s travelled to the Crown Ground on Good Friday and Accrington claimed victory, again by a one-goal margin. The home side created the better of the chances but they didn’t manage to make the breakthrough until the 51st minute. Scott Brown fired the ball past Alex Cisak from the edge of the area to make it 1-0.

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

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Assistants: Lisa Rashid and Stuart Butler

Fourth Official: John Farries


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