Leyton Orient will be looking to get back into the League Two Play-Off places tomorrow when they host Morecambe at the Matchroom Stadium.
The O’s slipped out of the top-seven after Good Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley, which came courtesy of Scott Brown’s second half effort, and saw Orient lose for the first time on the road under player-manager Kevin Nolan.
Hartlepool United head to E10 in 21st place in League Two, but Craig Hignett’s side are on a five-game unbeaten run.
Having beaten both Barnet and Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1 and drawing 0-0 with both Newport County and Crawley Town, the Pools picked up a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon on Friday.
Adam Jackson’s 22nd minute effort proved the difference against the Dons at Victoria Park.
THE LAST TIME WE MET IN E10
Leyton Orient 1 Hartlepool United 0
Sky Bet League One
Orient returned to winning ways with this win against struggling Hartlepool United when Ryan Brunt scored the only goal just after half-time.
But the performance was more convincing than the slender score line suggests as Hartlepool keeper Scott Flinders made a number of fine saves throughout.
O’s boss Russell Slade gave Moses Odubajo a start on the right flank and he justified his manager’s faith with a fine display and delivered a telling cross on 47 minutes that Brunt nodded back across Flinders to notch his third goal of the campaign.
Pools did go close to nicking a point when Steve Howard’s header crashed against the crossbar, but Orient were well deserving of the points that took them back into the top half of the table.
The final shot count read 20-7 in Orient’s favour, as they quickly forgot about their shot-shy performance at Bournemouth with a well-earned three-point haul.
Leyton Orient: Allsop; McSweeney, Clarke, Chorley, Sawyer; Odubajo (Griffith 90+2), Smith, Rowlands, Cox; Wagstaff, Brunt.
Subs: Baudry, Symes, Laird, Cook, James, Mooney.
Goal: – Brunt (47).
Hartlepool United: Flinders; Austin, Hartley, Baldwin, Holden; Franks (Richards 66), Sweeney, Murray (Luscombe 78), Humphreys; Howard, Noble (Poole 55).
Subs: McHugh, Collins, Walton, Rutherford.
Bookings: Humphreys (26), Howard (61), Baldwin (73).
Referee: Brendan Malone.
Attendance: 2,664 (including 127 Hartlepool supporters)
O’s player-manager Kevin Nolan will once more be without Jobi McAnuff and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin with the duo on international duty for Jamaica and Antigua & Barbuda respectively.
Skipper Mathieu Baudry remains absent through suspension, serving the third of four games following his dismissal at Oxford United.
Midfielder Dean Cox and Paul McCallum remain out with knee ligament injuries, but edge ever closer to a return, particularly with the latter.
WHAT THE MANAGER HAD TO SAY
Kevin Nolan – “Monday’s game is even bigger because of what happened on Friday at Accrington. It’s been the story since I have come in – we have won one or two on a trot and drawn a third before losing and then bouncing back.
“I am expecting a reaction on Monday. A reaction of a lot of things – energy, better in possession, and obviously creating chances.
“There’s a few knocks and bruises so we will be assessing those lads right up until Monday, but hopefully everyone that was available for Friday’s game is available once again.
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