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Preview - A look at the O's

11 February 2021

Match Previews

Preview - A look at the O's

11 February 2021

In the midst of a spell of five home games in 19 days, Town welcome Leyton Orient this weekend and are seeking to avenge a 3-0 loss at Brisbane Road earlier in the season.

Saturday's visitors are a familiar face to the EnviroVent Stadium with the two sides having met during the 2018/19 National League season where a Jobi McAnuff brace sealed a 3-0 win en-route to a title winning season.

Since we last met

Since our clash back in October the O's have taken 20 points from 14 subsequent games, a run that has seen them post both six wins and six defeats.

They come into the game on the back of a winless run of four games without having found the net.
On their travels they have four wins and 14 points from their 13 games played.

With 38 points in total they are sat in tenth spot, but with an eye on the playoff positions currently just four points away.

Ones to Watch

Danny Johnson, who struck a hat-trick in our clash earlier in the season, has 14 goals to his name so far with Connor Wilkinson netting seven times, beyond this strike pair no other player has hit the target more than twice.

The evergreen Jobi McAnuff has five assists on the season, while Craig Clay and James Brophy have both contributed on four goals.

Ousseynou Cisse has again to be a key part of the O's midfield having returned to the club last summer after a spell at Gillingham.

Dan Kemp and Adam Thompson were brought to the club in January on permanent moves along with Nick Freeman and Tristan Abrahams arriving on loan deals.

The Man in Charge

Ross Embleton is at the helm having returned to the club in January 2020 for a second spell, replacing Carl Fletcher, after a brief time in charge following the tragic death of Justin Edinburgh.

Embleton has been involved in the Academy set ups at Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich as well as servicing as a coach for Swindon Town.


Edinburgh had of course guided the club back into the league following a spell in the National League, following relegation after the 2016/17 season which ended their 112-year stay in the division.

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

Will Smith will return from a one-game suspension and aside from Mitchell Roberts and Joe Cracknell who remain on the sidelines, Town have no injury concerns ahead of the game.
How To Follow

You can follow the action live for £10 with a Town streaming pass.


Make sure you order a copy of our match day programme too, where we sit down with January arrival Josh March who has hit the ground running in his first month at the club.


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