Orient were pipped at the post on Wednesday night, as a 4-2 penalty shoot-out loss to Bristol Rovers tainted a positive away performance. The game had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes; Lee Angol levelled the tie just four minutes after Alfie Kilgour had fired Rovers ahead 16 minutes in.
Ultimately, the hosts prevailed in the shoot-out, as Josh Wright and Ruel Sotiriou both saw their spot-kicks saved by ‘keeper Jordi Van Stappershoef.
Last time out, Oldham were knocked out of the FA Cup, as Burton Albion pinched a 1-0 victory thanks to Liam Boyce, who tapped home the only goal of the game.
Dino Maamria’s side sit one point behind Orient in the league table, though a game in hand could see the Latics rise up the table.
A WORD FROM ROSS EMBLETON
Following a positive performance midweek and the return of injured players, Embleton faces a number of tough calls ahead of picking his team to face Oldham:
“We probably haven’t been in that position for a while now. We had a fairly fit and healthy squad at the start of the season and there was a lot of completion for places, but I think in recent times it hasn’t been quite as much of that.”
Joe Widdowson, James Dayton and Conor Wilkinson all returned to action on Wednesday night, handing Ross Embleton a selection headache going into tomorrow’s game.
Long-term absentees Jobi McAnuff and Brendon Shabani remain unavailable, having both undergone operations in the last month.
Illness prevented Craig Clay from featuring on Wednesday evening and the midfielder will be assessed before being brought back into the squad.
OPPOSITION VIEW: DINO MAAMRIA
Maamria faces the O’s for the second time this season already, having visited E10 with former Club Stevenage. Now Head Coach of Oldham, Maamria spoke to ifollow Latcis:
“I’ve told the players we can’t afford to be less than 90% with our performance levels if we want to get points in this league so we have to be at it.”
Young has officiated 20 games so far throughout the 19/20 season, with seven of those fixtures being League Two matches.
Through out the 20 games Young has officiated he has booked 87 players, sent-off two men and given three penalties.
The Referee last officiated a Leyton Orient game in February 2018, when the O’s drew 1-1 at home to Tranmere Rovers. Ebou Adams and Alex Lawless both received a yellow card that day.
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