PREVIEW: Orient v Bristol Rovers

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Leyton Orient host in-form Bristol Rovers tomorrow as the O’s bid to extend their strong start to the season

The O’s had to battle to pick up the three points last weekend with a 3-2 victory at Newport County, which was sealed by Dean Cox’s second half strike after the Exiles had pegged back Orient’s early 2-0 lead given to them with goals from strikers Paul McCallum and Jay Simpson.

The win was Ian Hendon’s side fourth in a row in the League and they remain in top spot in League Two going into the fixture, with Wycombe Wanderers their closest rivals on 10 points, followed by Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers and Hartlepool United on nine.

Darrell Clarke’s outfit have bounced back from their opening-day defeat to Northampton Town in fine style with three straight wins.  Those victories have come against Yeovil Town (1-0), Luton Town (1-0) and Barnet (3-1). They also possess a 20-game unbeaten run away from home.


Leyton Orient 3 Bristol Rovers 2 30.08.11 Carling Cup Second Round

Stephen Dawson grabbed a stoppage-time winner to earn Orient a Carling Cup third round trip to then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers. David Mooney lobbed visiting keeper Scott Bevan to give O’s the lead, before Ben Chorley converted a spot-kick to put the O’s two ahead. After the break Chris Zebroski cut the deficit and Rovers substitute Elliot Richards levelled, but Dawson’s last-gasp winner put the O’s through.

Leyton Orient: Button; Cuthbert (Laird 39), Forbes, Chorley, McSweeney (Omozusi 65); Cox, Dawson, Smith, Daniels; Mooney (Tehoue 82), Cureton.

Subs: Butcher, Odubajo, Richardson, Porter.

Goals: Mooney (18), Chorley (23 pen), Dawson (90+3)

Booked: McSweeney (62), Forbes (64)

Bristol Rovers: Bevan, Brown, Anthony, Virgo (Woodards 35), Smith, Carayol (Richards 76), Stanley, Brown, Gill (Campbell 71), McGleish, Zebroski.

Subs: Cronin, Hunter, Jeffries, McLaggon.

Goals: Zebroski (69), Richards (90+1) Booked: Gill (68)

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Attendance: 1,881


Orient’s only absentee from tomorrow’s squad is defender Sam Ling (tonsillitis), while Alan Dunne will return to the squad after missing the 3-2 win at Newport County through injury. Joe Maguire, who joined on loan yesterday from Liverpool, could  also be included in the matchday squad.

BETTING (Odds from League Sponsor SkyBet at the time of story being published)

Table-toppers Leyton Orient take on another side to have made a fine start this season, with fourth-placed Bristol Rovers the visitors to the Matchroom Stadium.

The O’s are a shade of odds-on at 19/20 to make it five wins out of five in Sky Bet League 2 this season, and can take confidence from the fact they’ve won their last five encounters with the Pirates, scoring 17 goals in total across those games. 

Rovers, though, have won their last three away games and are 14/5 to take the points in this one. The draw is 5/2. Paul McCallum is 9/2 to open the scoring, with Ollie Palmer and Jay Simpson both 5/1 shots.

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