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Leyton Orient preview - A detailed look at the O's

21 March 2022

Match Previews

Leyton Orient preview - A detailed look at the O's

21 March 2022

Town are under the lights at The Envirovent Stadium for the last time this season tomorrow evening (kick-off 7pm) as they welcome Leyton Orient in a re-arranged game, after the original fixture was a late postponement due to a snowstorm.

And Simon Weaver will be hoping his side can build on the momentum from the last-gasp equaliser at home to Walsall on Saturday, a result that was no less than they deserved given their play over the 90 minutes.

Our opponents

The O's sit in 18th place in League Two currently, two places and four points behind Town.  They do come into the game on the back of a 3-1 win at home to Rochdale however, their first after a 15-games winless run that saw Kenny Jackett depart and Richie Wellens take charge.

Wellens has steadied the ship since his arrival, earning creditable draws away at Hartlepool and Forest Green before taking all three points last Saturday.

On their travels they have one win to their name - back in mid-September – drawing 11 of their 17 games away from home.

Previous meetings

Earlier this season Town turned in what was arguably one of their strongest performances of the season, where a pair of first-half goals from Luke Armstrong secured a 2-0 away win.

A season ago goals from Dan Jones and Josh McPake earned Town a 2-2 home draw in response to the 3-0 away defeat earlier in 2020/21.

Ones to watch

A pair of summer signings have grabbed the headlines so far for the O's. Harry Smith, who arrived from Northampton and former Ipswich-man Aaron Drinan have hit 12 and 10 goals respectively.

Another summer arrival, Theo Archibald, has seven assists to go with his five strikes with young midfielder Ruel Sotiriou someone for the Town defence to keep an eye on given his rich vein of form in front of goal recently.

The club added former Tranmere and Walsall man Otis Khan in the January window as well as Dan Moss, Frank Nouble and George Ray, who all arrived in loan deals, but did see the influential Dan Kemp depart for MK Dons.

The man in charge

Wellens is well known in League Two circles having taken Swindon to promotion in the 2019/20 season before departing for Salford City. Prior to taking the reigns at Leyton Orient he also had a spell at Doncaster Rovers.
He also made over 600 appearances in his playing career, most notably for Blackpool, Oldham, and Doncaster Rovers.

Recent 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 be without Lewis Page, sidelined for the remainder of the season, but will welcome back Luke Armstrong from suspension and will hope to have Will Smith back in contention from illness.
Brahima Diarra and Josh Falkingham remain sidelined, with the extent of their injuries to be confirmed.


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