Preview: Port Vale (A)

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Orient travel to Stoke-on-Trent this weekend to take on 10th place Port Vale. Kick-off is scheduled for 03:00PM.

Ross Embleton’s side come into this game off the back of a solid performance in the 1-1 draw with Grimsby at the Breyer Group Stadium last weekend.

With the Mariners heading into second half stoppage time a goal to the good, it looked like they would be returning to Lincolnshire with all three points.

The O’s had other ideas though, and when Craig Clay was impeded in the box, Lee Angol showed nerves of steel to caress his penalty into the top of the net to earn a point in Embleton’s first game as permanent Head Coach.

Managed by former Macclesfield coach John Askey, Port Vale come into this game six points off the playoff places following their defeat to Morecambe in mid-week.

The Valiants appear to be a team that relish the big occasion, something that is backed up by the fact they have already beaten six of the division’s current top seven this season. Recording home wins against Forest Green, Plymouth and Swindon, as well as victories away at Cheltenham, Crewe and Bradford.


A Word From The Boss

“It is really important for us to keep improving small margins and build on the performance from last week and make sure we are that much more solid.

I don’t want us to be conceding three goals like we did when we played them at home. Ultimately,  it’s about getting that balance right. We need to go out, put performances in and create opportunities, with the want and desire to score the three that we did last time at home.”

Last Meeting

September’s fixture between the two sides was a pulsating, helter skelter affair. Orient took the lead in the 3rd minute through Josh Wright, but soon found themselves 2-1 down, as two quick fire goals from Scott Burgess and Leon Legge saw Vale going into the break ahead.

Conor Wilkinson equalised for the O’s with a fine curling effort in the 59th minute, before Jake Taylor looked to have won the game for the away side netting with five minutes remaining. Although, that proved not to be the case as Wright nodded home in the third minute of additional time to grab a late leveller.

Team News

Ousseynou Cissé is available to Ross Embleton after joining on loan from Gillingham today.

Jamie Turley was replaced last weekend midway through the first half, and wont make the journey to Port Vale tomorrow.

Jobi McAnuff and Dean Brill remain sidelined.

Ref Watch

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Assistant Referees: Joe Simpson and Michael Bristow

Fourth Official: Daniel Middleton

Salisbury has taken charge of 15 EFL fixtures so far this term, including five in League Two. In those games he has handed out 47 yellow cards and nine reds.

Two of those dismissals came in the last fixture Salisbury oversaw involving Orient, when he sent off Rohan Ince and Luke Varney on the opening day as the O’s ran out 1-0 winners over Cheltenham.


Can’t make the game? You can follow live updates through the Club’s Twitter feed. Post-match reaction will also appear on shortly after the final whistle.

Overseas fans can watch the match via the Orient TV Live-Stream, sponsored by The Lion and Key Hotel for just £5, while domestic fans can listen to the audio stream, with commentary from Dave Victor, for just £2.50.


Author: Brendan Pitcher