Leyton Orient will be looking for vast improvement under new head coach Justin Edinburgh as they travel to face bottom-of-the-league Solihull Moors. Here we preview Saturday’s game:
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Solihull Moors are currently at the foot of the National League having accumulated 13 points in their 22 games so far.
The Moors are already on their third manager of the campaign. Liam McDonald lost his job at the beginning of October with just two wins, two draws and ten defeats from the first fourteen games of the season.
Richard Money was appointed as McDonald’s successor, however, he resigned after just 26 days in the job.
Mark Yates took over as Money’s successor just over a fortnight ago and so far he has managed two draws and one defeat.
Solihull have gone five games without a win.
Last weekend, Solihull Moors could only manage a draw against Gateshead despite the North East side only having ten men for a significant amount of the contest.
Gateshead took the lead after 12 minutes. Darren Carter brought Russell Penn down in the box and Jordan Burrow scored from the penalty spot.
Seven minutes before the interval, the visitors were reduced to ten men as Penn picked up a second yellow card for a late challenge.
Wes Atkinson equalised for Solihull Moors shortly after the hour, by beating the Gateshead keeper with a header.
However, the Moors couldn’t make their man advantage count and ten-man Gateshead held out for a point.
O’Leary, Atkinson, Bowen, Kelleher, Daly, P. Green, Carter, Richards, Hylton, Asante, Thomas
K. Green, Kettle, Murombedzi (Richards 77′), Afolayan (Asante 58′), Carline
Solihull Moors have the worst home record in the National League. Their only home win of the season came against Chester in early September and so far they have lost seven of their 11 games at Damson Park. No team in the league have conceded more home goals than the Moors’ tally of 21 either.
They are also the only side in the National League who have shipped more goals than the O’s this season, 41 compared to Orient’s 39 goals conceded.
Mark Yates looks set to have a full squad to choose from as Solihull Moors are currently injury free.
Sean St Ledger returned to training this week following a long spell on the sidelines.
Yates has also added to his squad this week, securing midfielder Jamey Osborne on loan from Grimsby Town.
Last Saturday, Orient suffered a terrible defeat to relegation rivals Torquay United, as they lost by three goals to nil at Plainmoor.
The home side took the lead with a quarter-of-an-hour gone. Ruairi Keating’ low cross was allowed to reach Josh McQuoid at the far post and he easily finished from close range to make it 1-0.
On the half-hour, Torquay doubled their lead. Luke Young intercepted a pass in midfield and carried the ball forward unopposed before finding the bottom left corner of the O’s net with a low shot from outside the box.
James Dayton fired the ball into the Torquay net before the break but it didn’t count as he was judged to have been offside.
It was then well and truly game over for Orient just two minutes into the second-half as they fell three goals behind. Jamie Reid was played through on goal following a flick-on and he poked the ball past Sargeant to make it 3-0.
Four minutes from time Jake Caprice was sent off for a poor challenge on Damon Lathrope capping a disastrous afternoon for the O’s who could well have lost by more than three goals.
Orient named Steve Davis’s successor on Wednesday as Justin Edinburgh was appointed as new Head Coach on a two-and-a-half year deal. His first job will have been to lift the side after last weekend’s terrible result and prepare for another trip to relegation rivals Solihull Moors.
It may be early days for the new O’s boss, but facing the side currently propping up the National League is a prime opportunity for Justin end Orient’s fourteen-game winless run at his first attempt.
Caprice N’Gala Happe Widdowson
Sargeant (Grainger 45′), Ellis, Boco (Westbrooke 45′), Mooney, Sotiriou (Koroma 63′)
Justin Edinburgh will be missing a few players when he names his first starting eleven as Orient head coach.
Following his dismissal last weekend, Jake Caprice will begin a three-match suspension. As a result, Myles Judd is likely to be called upon to make his fourth start of the season.
Jamie Sendles-White served his one-match ban last weekend, however, his suspension has been extended by two matches after the FA charged the defender with misconduct due to his ‘interaction’ with the referee following his dismissal against Chester.
Edinburgh’s defensive options will be limited further as Mark Ellis has returned to Carlisle following the expiration of his loan deal. However, the new manager will be able to call upon Daggers loanee Bondz N’Gala who made his O’s debut last Saturday.
Macauley Bonne will be available for selection again after completing his one-match ban.
In terms of injuries, Alex Lawless is a doubt for the trip to face Solihull Moors due to the groin injury that kept him out of last weekend’s game.
Charlie Grainger was subbed off at halftime against Torquay after picking up a shoulder injury, but he was able to train this week and he could be in contention on Saturday.
Charlie Lee (knee), George Elokobi (hamstring), and Josh Coulson (Groin) are still recovering from their injuries.
The match back in August was the first meeting between the two sides and the O’s secured a 3-1 win in their first home game of the season at Brisbane Road.
Jobi McAnuff, Macauley Bonne and James Dayton all hit the woodwork before Charlie Lee scored Orient’s first goal of the 2017/18 season.
David Mooney then doubled Orient’s lead just two minutes into the second half, slotting the ball home following good work from Jake Caprice. Fifteen minutes from time, Oladapo Afolayan pulled a goal back for Solihull but Orient hit back immediately with their third goal courtesy of George Elokobi.
Oliver Morris-Sanders & George Byrne
4,313 (Seats 1,000)