Preview: Mansfield Town (H)

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Orient will be looking to extend their unbeaten home record to five games on Tuesday night as they welcome Mansfield Town to E10. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:45PM.

The O’s were left frustrated at the weekend as they were held to a draw by Macclesfield Town at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Ross Embleton’s side looked well on their way to making it three wins in their last four after a low driven effort by James Brophy had given them the lead in the 75th minute. However, there was a sting in the tail as the Silkmen struck back in stoppage time through substitute Jacob Blyth. The result leaves the O’s 19th in Sky Bet League Two.

Mansfield come into this one on a run of just one win in their last seven league outings under new manager Graham Coughlan.

The 45-year-old left League One side Bristol Rovers for the Stags in December, but as of yet has been unable to turn things around at Field Mill with Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Morecambe leaving them in 21st place.

Team News

Dan Happe was forced off the pitch at half time against the Silkmen with sickness and will be assessed ahead of Tuesday’s game.

Sam Ling edges closer to his return, but remains out of action along with Louis Dennis, Jamie Turley and Jobi McAnuff.

Last Clash

The last meeting between the two sides was a memorable affair as the O’s came back from two goals down to snatch all three points at Field Mill.

Two penalties from Danny Rose had given the Stags a comfortable lead at the break, before Conor Wilkinson and Lee Angol both struck their first league goals for the club to level things up going into the final stages.

It looked like it would stay that way as the clock ticked into the sixth minute of additional time but Angol had other ideas, after breaking away down the left he fired the ball across goal into the path of Jordan Maguire-Drew who bundled home a dramatic winner and sent the 326 fans that made the mid-week trip to Nottinghamshire into bedlam.

Ref Watch

Referee: Josh Smith

Assistant Referees: Gregory Read and Paul Kelly

Fourth Official: Kevin Howick

Smith has taken charge of 12 EFL fixtures so far this term with seven coming in League Two. In those games he has handed out a total of 34 yellow cards and three reds.

He last refereed the O’s in September’s 2-1 defeat to Crewe at the Breyer Group Stadium, handing out cautions to George Marsh and Louis Dennis that evening.

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.