MATCH PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Barnet – League Two

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Leyton Orient will be hoping to put their last match firmly behind them and continue their improvement at home. However, Barnet will provide tough opposition on the back of a good win for the Bees last time out.  Here we preview Saturday’s game:

[textmarker color=”F21111″ type=”background color”]Leyton Orient[/textmarker]

The O’s made a terrible start to 2017 as they suffered a 4-0 thrashing at Exeter City on Monday.

David Wheeler gave the hosts the lead after just four minutes, flicking the ball past Alex Cisak after being left unmarked. Ollie Watkins then put the ball in the Orient net again midway through the first-half, but an offside call meant the scoreline stayed at 1-0. The Grecians continued to threaten and Watkins came close to scoring again when his effort rebounded off of the post.

However, the hosts established a two-goal lead after the break when Ryan Harley beat Myles Judd to Wheeler’s cross to the far post, allowing him a simple finish. Things then got even worse for Orient when Tom Parkes gave away a penalty, which was dispatched by Harley for his second and Exeter’s third goal of the afternoon. The home side then capped off a good afternoon by making it 4-0. Liam McAlinden raced in behind the O’s defence and slotted the ball past Cisak, sealing a humbling defeat for Orient.

Last Line-up:

Cisak

Judd  Erichot  Parkes  Hunt

     Massey  Collins  Atangana  Kennedy

Palmer McCallum

(4-4-2)

Substitutes:

Sargeant, Dunne, Pollock, Ochieng, Semedo (Massey 79′), McCallum (Simpson 85′), Adeboyejo (Palmer 89′)

Following that very poor performance and result last time out, Andy Edwards’s side return to action at home this weekend. The O’s have improved results at Brisbane Road recently having avoided defeat in their last three home fixtures, winning twice.

 

Team News

Andy Edwards has a number of fitness and injury problems to contend with as he prepares his side to face Barnet.

O’s captain Robbie Weir was stretchered off in the second half against Exeter and scans have revealed that he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Orient were already short on numbers after Sandro Semedo, Teddy Mezague (groin) and Sam Dalby (ankle) were subbed off due to injuries against Cambridge and as a result missed the trip to Exeter. There are still doubts over the fitness of the trio, though Edwards is hopeful that they could make the matchday squad.

Liam Kelly is not expected to return from his hamstring injury until next month and Harry Cornick appears unlikely to return to the O’s before his loan expires. The Bournemouth winger is reported to still be recovering from a groin injury at his parent club.

Ulrich N’Nomo hasn’t featured since suffering an ankle injury against Crewe at the end of October, however, his injury hasn’t been mentioned by the club in recent times.

Jay Simpson is also set to be unavailable for selection for the foreseeable future while uncertainty over his future at the club remains. The club have confirmed that the striker has asked to leave the club, but he apparently has not submitted a formal transfer request.

Despite these absentees, Edwards has Callum Kennedy available to him again after the left-back returned from injury last time out.

[textmarker color=”E34B00″ type=”background color”]Barnet[/textmarker]

Winter Transfers

[tabs title1=”IN” text1=”Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town, £40,000), Ricardo Almeida Santos (Peterborough United, £100,000), Dan Sweeney (Maidstone United, Undisclosed fee), David Tutonda (Cardiff City) ” tabs title2=”OUT” text2=”Gavin Hoyte (Eastleigh), Sam Togwell (Eastleigh, £20,000)”]

League Two: 9th  FA Cup: 1st Round  League Cup: 1st Round  Top-scorer: John Akinde 17

Barnet are currently in 9th place in League Two with 36 points, 11 points more than the O’s and just two points off of the play-off places.

Martin Allen resigned as Bees boss at the beginning of December to take over at Eastleigh and since then, development coach Rossi Eames has been in charge of the first team on an interim basis, supported by Henry Newman. Eames has managed five games so far, winning three and losing two.

On Boxing day, the Bees won at Huish Park, defeating Yeovil Town by a goal to nil, however, they followed that with a 3-1 defeat at Luton Town on New Year’s Eve.

On Monday, the Bees claimed an impressive win over then-league-leaders Plymouth Argyle.

Barnet broke the deadlock after a-quarter-of-an-hour when Mauro Vilhete’s near post header looped into the top corner of the Plymouth net. There were chances for Nana Kyei and John Akinde to extend the Bees’ lead. At the other end, Gary Miller had an opportunity to equalise for the Pilgrims, but Barnet won by the single goal.

Last Line-up:

Stephens

H. Taylor  Nelson  Santos  Johnson

Vilhete  Weston  J. Taylor  Kyei

Akinola  Akinde

(4-4-2)

Substitutes:

Vickers, Tutonda, Muggleton (H. Taylor 85′), Sweeney (Akinola 73′), Gambin, Campbell-Ryce (Kyei 62′), Nicholls

The Bees have been impressive on the road so far this term, having suffered just three league defeats away from home.

Team News

Barnet will be missing a few players when they make the short trip to E10.

Ex-O Shaun Batt will miss out as he continues his recovery from his hamstring injury. Fellow long-term absentees Michael Gash and Ben Tomlinson will also be unavailable due to knee and quad injuries respectively.

James Pearson is also on the sidelines as he recovers from a knee injury that is likely to keep him out of action for another couple of weeks.

There is also some uncertainty over the fitness of Bira Dembele. The central defender picked up a calf injury against Luton which forced him to sit out the victory over Plymouth. It remains to be seen whether he will be fit for the weekend.

However, Rossi Eames and Henry Newman could have Tom Champion and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro available to them again. Champion has been out of action for a month or so due to a hamstring injury, while Akpa Akpro was missing last time out due to illness. Both players were expected to return to training ahead of Saturday’s game so they could play some part.

The Bees can also call upon some new reinforcements, having already recruited four new players since the January Transfer Window opened. Ricardo Santos signed from Peterborough for a fee of £100,000 and Barnet paid Braintree £40,000 for Simeon Akinola

Ricardo Santos signed from Peterborough for a fee of £100,000 and Barnet paid Braintree £40,000 for Simeon Akinola and both started last time out. Fellow new boy Dan Sweeney also made his debut as a substitute after joining from Maidstone for an undisclosed fee.

The fourth new arrival David Tutonda will be hoping to make his Barnet debut against Orient. The former Cardiff City defender moved to the Hive on New Year’s Day.

Ex O’s

Shaun Batt also made the switch from Brisbane Road to the Hive last summer. Batt made a total 77 appearances in an Orient shirt and scored 13 goals for the club.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s first loan spell with the O’s came in August 2002 when the winger joined on loan from Charlton. He played 19 games for the club, scoring 3 goals before returning to his parent club in November 2002. Campbell-Ryce returned to Brisbane Road in the second half of the 2011/12 season on loan from Bristol City. He scored 1 goal in 8 appearances.

 

 

The two sides met earlier in the season in what was Andy Edwards’ second game as caretaker manager following the departure of Andy Hessenthaler. Neither team managed to make the breakthrough and the match ended in a goalless draw at the Hive.

The O’s won when they hosted Barnet last season at Brisbane Road. Jay Simpson broke the deadlock on 74 minutes and Paul McCallum immediately added a second goal to seal a 2-0 win.

However, Orient suffered a 3-0 defeat to Barnet when they made the trip to the Hive back in April in what proved to be Kevin Nolan’s last game as Orient’s player-manager.

The hosts took the lead in the 25th minute through a John Akinde header. Just after the interval the O’s were handed an opportunity to equalise from the spot but Bees stopper Jamie Stephens saved Lloyd James’ penalty. Immediately after Orient were dealt another blow when Sam Togwell’s shot deflected into the O’s net. Akinde then wrapped up a good afternoon for Barnet as he beat Alex Cisak to the ball and headed it home on the hour mark.

The Bees’ last win at Brisbane Road was in March 1997 thanks to a goal from Linvoy Primus.

 

 

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

Referee: Andy Haines

Assistants: Nicholas Cooper and Stephen Finch

Fourth Official:  Josh Smith

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