Kevin Nolan will be looking for his first home win as Orient player-manager when they take on Newport County at the Matchroom Stadium tonight.
Nolan got up and running with a 2-0 victory at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, with second half goals from Jay Simpson and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin as they moved up to eighth place in the League Two table.
Newport head into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge. They fell behind inside the opening two minutes when Christian Doidge put the Daggers in front, and Joe Worrall doubled it on six minutes.
But new signing Jean-Christophe Ayina pulled one back seven minutes from time, and fellow debutant Conor Wilkinson secured Warren Feeney’s side a share of the spoils, and they sit in 20th place.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Leyton Orient 4 Newport County 1
29.09.87 Division Four
Newport County’s last visit to Brisbane Road was almost 30 years ago and in a season that saw the Welsh side relegated from the Football League, they crashed to a 4-1 defeat.
Orient had made a useful start to the season and went into the encounter having suffered just two defeats in their first nine league games and powered to victory with goals from Terry Howard, Paul Shinners, Alan Hull and Lee Harvey in front of a crowd of 3,761.
It was a night to forget for Newport, who replied through Simeon Hodson as they left Brisbane Road with just five points from their first 10 games.
They went on to finish bottom with just 25 points, 19 adrift of Carlisle, who finished one place above them, while the O’s ended the campaign in eighth, just a point away from the play-off places. It was a second successive relegation for County, who endured a nightmare season against the backdrop of a desperate financial situation.
Manager John Lewis was sacked with the campaign barely a month old and County arrived at Brisbane Road with Brian Eastick in charge. He was sacked in March 1988 and a year later helped the O’s gain promotion when he was assistant
Alan Dunne is added to the O’s injury list after picking up a groin injury, while defender Cole Kpekawa is a doubt with a foot injury. Paul McCallum and Dean Cox continue to recover from their knee ligament injuries. Lloyd James (Achilles) also remains out.
BETTING (Sky Bet Odds correct at the time of preview)
The O’s are 4/5 favourites for tonight’s match against Newport County, while the Exiles are 100/30. The draw is available at 13/5.
Orient won 2-0 at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, and for the O’s to do the same tonight they are priced at 15/2.
Jay Simpson is 7/2 to open the scoring, while player-manager Kevin Nolan is priced at 7/1 to notch his first goal for the O’s
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