Preview: Forest Green Rovers (A)

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Orient travel west this weekend to take on 10th place Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn.

The O’s were held to a 2-2 draw by Oldham last time out. Ouss Cissé gave Ross Embleton’s side a 13th minute lead, when his header deflected off Tom Hamer and into the net. Though, the score line was turned on its head moments later, as two quickfire strikes from Zak Dearnley saw the Latics go in at the interval a goal to the good.

Orient fought back in the second half and eventually found an equaliser through Danny Johnson, who tapped in from close range to bag his first goal for the club. Dan Happe came close to netting a winner late on, but it wasn’t to be as his header was cleared off the line in the final minute of stoppage time.

Despite currently residing in the top half of the Sky Bet League Two table, Forest Green come into this game with just two wins in their last 19 outings in all competitions. They come into this one off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Scunthorpe at Glanford Park last weekend.

Their last win on home soil came in December against Macclesfield Town, since that victory though, they have lost their last five at the New Lawn.

Team News

Ruel Sotiriou made his return from injury last weekend against Oldham, replacing Conor Wilkinson in the second half.

Louis Dennis featured and scored in a midweek reserve fixture and will hope to push his way back into contention after struggling with knee and hip niggles. Sam Ling is another man who pushes closer to his return to first team action, though Saturday’s game is likely to come too soon.

Matt Harrold and Marvin Ekpiteta have been carrying light knocks in recent weeks and remain doubts for tomorrow’s game. Jobi McAnuff and Jamie Turley will be unavailable for selection.

Last Clash

Forest Green emerged victorious in a six-goal thriller between the two sides back in November. Two goals from former O’s loanee, Ebou Adams, plus one from Matty Stevens saw Rovers race into a three-goal half time lead at the Breyer Group Stadium.

The introduction of Jordan Maguire-Drew at the interval helped Orient back into the game, as he curled a free-kick onto the head of Matt Harrold to pull one back. The former Brighton winger then notched himself to reduce the deficit to just one goal.

However, as the O’s pushed forward in search of a dramatic late equaliser, they were hit on the break by FGR’s pacey forward line. Stevens teed up Junior Mondal to fire home and put the result beyond doubt.

Ref Watch

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Assistant Referees: Kevin Howick and Leigh Crowhurst

Fourth Official: Simon Shaw

Johnson has overseen 21 EFL games so far this term, with eight of those games coming in League Two. He has handed out 28 yellows in those eight League Two fixtures, at an average of 3.5 a game. He is yet to award either a penalty or a red card in the fourth tier this season.

The last time Johnson officiated an Orient game was back in September in the 3-1 defeat to Swindon. Sam Ling, Lee Angol and Dale Gorman all received cautions that afternoon at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Pitch Inspection

As a result of this week’s heavy rain, Forest Green Rovers have agreed to conduct a pitch inspection at 8am tomorrow, ahead of our scheduled game at 3pm.

The decision has been made with the travelling O’s team and fans in mind. We will provide updates as we have them on our social channels.

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.

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.