Leyton Orient host Oxford United tomorrow as they look to recover from their defeat at Crawley last weekend.
Ian Hendon’s side took the lead early on through top scorer Jay Simpson, but were unable to capitalise on their early pressure as strikes from Roarie Deacon and Mitch Hancox put the Reds ahead, before O’s defender Alan Dunne saw red on the stroke of half time and a Simon Walton penalty extended the hosts advantage from the penalty spot.
Simpson managed to pull one back nine minutes from time but it was not enough to prevent Orient from suffering the defeat and dropping down to seventh in League Two.
The O’s now return to The Matchroom Stadium this weekend as they prepare for their first clash against Oxford United in nine years.
Michael Appleton’s side arrive in E10 full of confidence having only tasted defeat once in the League this season.
George Baldock’s 80th minute strike was enough to hand Oxford a slender 1-0 win at home to Wimbledon last Saturday, and secure a fourth successive victory in all competitions. Oxford currently occupy the final automatic promotion place in third, but an Orient win will see them leapfrog the U’s as only two points separates the sides.
THE LAST TIME IN E10
Leyton Orient 1 Oxford United 0 29.10.05 Sky Bet League Two
Orient midfielder Craig Easton headed home the only goal just before half time to send his side to the top of the table the last time these two sides met in East London.
Easton, who had scored his first goal for the club at Grimsby a week earlier, sent Shane Tudor’s right wing cross past Billy Turley to settle this fierce encounter, as Oxford slipped to only their second defeat in 11 games.
The victory was no more than Orient deserved as they dominated the first half, but Oxford boss Brian Talbot made two changes at the break and the introduction of Steve Basham and Chris Hargreaves turned their fortunes around and they put the home side under pressure, but failed to create too many clear cut chances.
Orient: Garner; Miller, Zakuani, Mackie, Lockwood, Tudor, Simpson, Easton, Keith (McMahon 65), Ibehre, Alexander
Subs: Morris, Carlisle, Echanomi, Hanson
Ahead of the visit of Oxford, Leyton Orient welcome back captain Mathieu Baudry to the side. The O’s skipper missed the trip to Crawley due to a head injury sustained against Notts County the week before, but he has now been cleared to play.
The O’s will be without defender Alan Dunne however who serves a one-match suspension following his sending-off at Crawley. Paul McCallum remains as the only long-term absentee, and is set to undergo knee surgery next week.
Oxford will have both Callum O’Dowda and Danny Hylton back available for selection. O’Dowda returns from international duty with the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad, while Hylton is back following suspension.
The U’s may also have midfielder Danny Rose available as he continues to recover from a hip problem.
A reminder to fans that the decision was made earlier this week to make the game ALL TICKET.
This means there will be NO CASH TURNSTILES as Brisbane Road tomorrow.
Supporters are advised to purchase their tickets in advance as there will be longer than normal at the Ticket Office in Oliver Road. Any supporters purchasing or collecting tickets on the day are advised to arrive early to avoid delays in entering the ground.
Please note any away supporters identified in home areas of the Stadium are subject to ejection from the ground.
BETTING (Odds provided by Football League sponsors Sky Bet and correct at the time of preview)
Leyton Orient are the slight favourites to pick up all three points against Oxford this weekend as Sky Bet price the O’s at 11/8.
An Oxford victory can be backed at 19/10 however and a draw can be found at 12/5.
Jay Simpson’s brace last weekend made him the division’s top scorer and the forward can be backed at 9/2 to open the scoring tomorrow, while Milwall loanee John Marquis is at 6/1.
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Following the match head to leytonorient.com for match report and reaction.