Leyton Orient manager Steve Davis and his players are under pressure following their poor run and they will be desperate to record a victory when they host Gateshead. Here we preview Tuesday night’s game:
On Saturday Orient’s woes continued as they suffered a 1-0 defeat against league leaders Macclesfield Town.
Orient controlled much of the first half and managed to craft some good chances. The best of which fell to David Mooney and Myles Judd.
Dan Happe’s attempt following a corner came to Mooney in the centre of the Macclesfield goal, however, the experienced striker’s close-range shot on the turn was saved.
Shortly after, Jake Caprice beat his man with a nutmeg and delivered a fine cross to the back post, but Myles Judd didn’t get his header on target.
Towards the end of the half, the Silkmen pushed for the opening goal. Charlie Grainger pulled off a good save to deny Danny Whitehead. However, the deadlock was broken soon after. In first-half stoppage time, the O’s failed to deal with Elliot Durrell’s cross and Scott Wilson simply nodded the ball home from close range.
Orient had been punished for failing to make their attacking pressure count and after the break, Macclesfield were far more comfortable. Steve Davis introduced loanees Zain Westbrooke and James Brophy from the bench and switched to a 4-4-2 but the changes had little effect.
The Silkmen’s substitute goalkeeper Sam Ramsbottom pulled off two great saves to deny Macauley Bonne and later James Dayton, but Macclesfield could’ve put the game well beyond the O’s with the chances they created at the other end.
That defeat takes Orient’s winless run in the National League to eight games, during which the O’s have suffered six defeats. Steve Davis’s side haven’t won a league game since the 4-1 win at home to Guiseley on the 2nd September.
Ellis Happe Widdowson
Boco Clay Dayton
Sargeant, Clark, Westbrooke (Ellis 59′), Brophy (Boco 59′), Sotoriou (Mooney 69′)
The O’s still have a number of injury problems persisting in the squad.
Mark Ellis was preferred to Michael Clark on Saturday and the Carlisle loanee wore a protective mask after suffering a broken nose against Barrow.
It was hoped that Jobi McAnuff would be back in contention on Saturday after a spell on the sidelines with a groin problem. Though the experienced midfielder was not fit in time, he is thought to be close to returning.
Alex Lawless and Jamie Sendles-White were also still missing at the weekend due to a groin injury and illness respectively, however, both stand a chance of recovering in time to face Gateshead.
Matt Harrold is expected to remain out of action for the time being due to a calf injury.
Josh Coulson (groin), George Elokobi (hamstring) and Charlie Lee (knee) are still on the road to recovery from their respective injuries.
Ruel Sotiriou came off the bench during Saturday’s defeat and Steve Davis has explained that the young striker has moved ahead of fellow youth team graduates Sam Dalby and Josh Koroma.
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Last season, Gateshead finished in eighth place in the National League on 68 points, 14 points off of a play-off place.
Scott Barrow (Merthyr Town), Russell Penn (Wrexham), Kieran Green (Hartlepool United), Fraser Kerr (Stenhousemuir), Theo Vassell (Walsall), Richard Peniket (Halifax Town), Jordan Preston (Guiseley), Neill Byrne (Macclesfield Town), Callum Williams (Newcastle United, Loan), Robbie Tinkler (Middlesborough, Loan), Luke Maxwell (Birmingham, Loan), JJ O'Donnell
Liam Hogan (Salford City), Shaun MacDonald (Blyth Spartans), Gus Mafuta (Salford City), Toby Ajala (Dartford), Mitch Brundle (Dover Athletic), Manny Smith (Wrexham), Adam Wrightson (Blyth Spartans), Nyal Bell (Chester), George Smith (Northampton Town), James Bolton (Shrewsbury), Nick Cassidy
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Gateshead arrive at Brisbane Road in 17th place in the National League on eighteen points, the same tally as the O’s though Gateshead have a better goal difference.
The Tynesiders are under new management following Neil Aspin’s switch to Port Vale earlier this month. Former Newcastle United defender Steve Watson has taken on his first managerial role following coaching roles with Huddersfield and Birmingham as well as a spell as assistant manager at Macclesfield Town.
Watson made a winning start by progressing to the First Round of the FA Cup in a 2-1 win over Buxton.
However, on Saturday, Watson lost his first league game in charge as Eastleigh snatched victory with a late goal.
Ben Williamson gave the Spitfires an early lead. scoring after just four minutes. James Constable doubled Eastleigh’s advantage shortly after the hour.
However, Gateshead fought back. Fifteen minutes from time, Jordan Preston reduced the deficit and Theo Vassell appeared to have rescued an unlikely point when he grabbed an equaliser three minutes from time.
The game had one final late twist, as deep into stoppage time Ben Strevens scored a winner for Eastleigh
Williams Vassell Kerr Barrow
Penn McLaughlin Hannant
Preston Peniket York
Byrne, Maxwell, O’Donnell (Penn 73′), Johnson (York 64′)
Like Orient, Gateshead are on a poor run having failed to win any of their last six league games. Thier last victory in the National League was a 3-2 win over Chester in September.
The Tynesiders are yet to win a league game away from home so far this term.
Ex-Orient youth player Jamal Fyfield is likely to miss out on the opportunity to face his former side at Brisbane Road as he is still struggling with a knee injury.
Goalkeeper James Montgomery is also a doubt due to a shoulder injury, however, he has travelled with the squad, therefore, he could feature against the O’s.
Jamal Fyfield began his career with Orient as a trainee, however, he left the club in 2007 without having made a senior appearance.
Leyton Orient have never played Gateshead FC in a competitive fixture.
The O’s did travel to the Gateshead International Stadium for a pre-season friendly in July 2014. The match ended in a goalless draw, however, the game is remembered for Orient borrowing South Shields captain Barrie Smith for the match due to a number of injuries in the squad.
Martyn Holmes & Gary Jerden