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Leyton Orient Preview - Kenny Jackett's Side Are our Tuesday night opponents

23 August 2021

Match Previews

Leyton Orient Preview - Kenny Jackett's Side Are our Tuesday night opponents

23 August 2021



After returning to action this past weekend with a 2-1 home win against Barrow, Simon Weaver and his Town side are on the road for the first time in the 2021/22 season when they make the trip south to take on Leyton Orient.

And they will travel in good heart as a result of Alex Pattison's brace that secured a come from behind 2-1 win at The Envirovent to maintain their 100% start to the season.

Our opponents

The O's have posted a win and two draws from their opening three fixtures so far this season, coming into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at Carlisle. Their only previous home fixture of the campaign was an impressive 3-0 win against Exeter City.

Kenny Jackett took charge of the club in the summer and brought in Darren Pratley, Omar Beckles, Theo Archibald, Connor Wood and Aaron Drinan as they looked to improve upon a mid-table finish last time around.

They did lose last season's top scorer Danny Johnson in the summer though, with the striker moving to League Two rivals Mansfield Town.

Last season

Town were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat in the corresponding fixture last season, with a hat-trick from Johnson doing the damage. In the reverse clash goals from Dan Jones and Josh McPake earned Town a 2-2 draw on home soil.



The O's ended the season in 11th position, with their late season form denting hopes of a late play-off push following the departure of manager Ross Embleton.

The man in charge

Jackett has been in the dugout for 25 seasons now, starting at Watford – who he made over 300 appearances for in his playing career –  before moving to Swansea, Millwall, Wolves and Portsmouth, with a string of promotions to his resume.

Ones to watch

Summer signing Beckles has notched two goals from defence since his arrival from Crewe, whilst fellow new-boys Drinan and Archibald have also caught the eye as they look to pick up the slack following Johnson's departure.

Goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux is a strong presence between the sticks with Pratley adding experience in the midfield area.

History

The 2021/22 season is the third consecutive season for the O's back in the EFL following a spell in the National League after relegation in the 2016/17 season which ended their 112-year stay in the Football League.

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.

Team news

Town will make a late check on the fitness of both Simon Power and Lewis Page, who was forced off early on in the win over Barrow, ahead of tomorrow's encounter.

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