Preview: Crewe Alexandra (A)

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The O’s travel to Cheshire on Tuesday night for a Sky Bet League Two fixture against 4th place Crewe. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:45PM.

Ross Embleton’s side come into this one off the back of a fine performance in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Newport.

Despite a bright early start, Orient had to wait until the 81st minute to break the deadlock. James Brophy’s in-swinging corner being bundled in at the back post via a combination of Marvin Ekpiteta and Exiles defender Ryan Haynes.

Ruel Sotiriou looked to have put the game beyond any doubt a minute from time when he fired home from Josh Wright’s cross. However, Jamille Matt pulled one back for the visitors deep into stoppage time to set up a nervy final few minutes.

The O’s did excellently to navigate those closing stages though, and in doing so claimed their first win of the new year.

Crewe haven’t tasted defeat at Gresty Road in the league since November 2nd and they’ll be looking to carry on that unbeaten run against Orient in mid-week.

Sitting just one point outside the automatic promotion places, David Artell’s team will be hoping to build on the past seven days which has seen them pick up five points in three games.

A 1-0 home win over Cheltenham was followed up by a mid-week draw away at Macclesfield, before they were held to a 2-2 draw by Scunthorpe on Saturday.

Team News

James Dayton misses out through suspension after picking up a straight red card against Northampton Town.

Joe Widdowson returned to the bench last Saturday after recovering from a knock he had been carrying for a couple of weeks. Lee Angol recovered from a minor head injury to make the squad last weekend against Newport County AFC.

Sam Ling, Louis Dennis, Jamies Turley and Jobi McAnuff all miss out through injury.

Last Meeting

The two sides last faced off back in September when a late goal condemned the O’s to a 2-1 defeat at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Jordan Maguire-Drew cancelled out Eddie Nolan’s opener with a deft finish just before the interval. However, he was prevented from doubling his tally in the 57th minute when Will Jaasklelainen kept out his spot-kick. Crewe took full advantage of that missed opportunity grabbing a last gasp winner through James Jones.

Ref Watch

Referee: Leigh Doughty

Assistant Referees: Richard Bartlett and David Hunt

Fourth Official: Andrew Dallison

Doughty has overseen 15 EFL matches so far this term, with 10 coming in League Two. He has handed out 41 yellow cards and 2 reds in those games.

The last time he took charge of an Orient fixture was back in January 2019 in the 3-0 home victory over Maidstone. On that occasion he cautioned Jamie Turley, Craig Clay and Macauley Bonne.

Coverage

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

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