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Leyton Orient preview - The O's return to Harrogate

12 April 2021

Match Previews

Leyton Orient preview - The O's return to Harrogate

12 April 2021

After falling to a narrow defeat away to Bolton Wanderers, we'll be looking to get back to winning ways with a stretch of three successive games at The Envirovent Stadium.

First to visit this Tuesday evening are Leyton Orient, who come into the game having themselves been defeated on Saturday, going down to a 1-0 defeat to league leaders Cheltenham Town.

The loss though was the first in eight games following an impressive spell under caretaker player/manager Jobi McAnuff.

Since we last met

A Danny Johnson hat-trick stole the show back at the end of November, the Orient forward netting all three in our 3-0 defeat.

However, the O's parted company with Ross Embleton after a poor run of form left them in lower mid-table not long after.

Orient are currently 12th although being only four points from seventh spot they will still be harbouring ambitions of gate-crashing the playoffs.

The man in charge

In his 10 games in charge McAnuff has taken 18 points and suffered just two defeats, whilst still also seeing playing time.

During a playing career that has seen him rack up over 700 appearances, the 39-year-old has pulled on the shirt for Wimbledon, West Ham, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Watford, Reading and Stevenage as well as the O's, where he has had two spells.

Ones to watch

November's hat-trick hero Johnson has scored 16 times this season while Connor Wilkinson has also reached double figures.

James Brophy has assisted on six goals, whilst McAnuff himself has added five assists, although his appearances have become rarer during his time in charge.

Lawrence Vigouroux has been a steady presence in goal for the O's this season and Dan Kemp has impressed since making a permanent switch from West Ham in January.

Recent history

The O's are the second oldest football club in London and spent much of the immediate post-war years in the second tier, before bouncing between the third and fourth tiers in the 1990's and 2000's.

The club were to experience financial problems though in the mid-2010's and relegations in quick succession saw them fall out of the league before their return in 2019 under Justin Edinburgh.

Team news

Simon Weaver will remain without long term absentees Simon Power and Josh March, while Aaron Martin is a doubt with the ankle injury suffered last week.

In Martin's absence, Jon Stead impressed from the bench in his first competitive action since January and will be in contention for more minutes come Tuesday night.

As always, you can watch the action LIVE via our streaming service.



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