Ross Embleton’s side have won two and drawn four of their last six games in E10 and will go into this one well rested following the postponement of their fixture with Forest Green last weekend.
In their last outing, the O’s were held to a 2-2 draw by Oldham. Ouss Cissè gave Orient a 13th minute lead, when his header deflected off Tom Hamer and in. The score line was turned on its head moments later though, as two quick fire 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, the forward 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.
After dismissing Colin Calderwood in January, the U’s have enjoyed an upturn in form. Although, that good run under caretaker manager, Mark Bonner, was halted in its tracks last weekend with a 2-1 defeat at home to Carlisle United.
The narrow home defeat to the Cumbrians was Bonner’s first defeat since taking over on an interim basis. Prior to that loss, Bonner oversaw four impressive wins in his first four games in charge, before picking up a valuable point away at Plymouth Argyle a fortnight ago.
Ruel Sotiriou made his return from injury against Oldham, replacing Conor Wilkinson in the second half.
Louis Dennis and Sam Ling are both pushing to make full recoveries and get back out on the pitch, though this game may come too early.
Matt Harrold and Marvin Ekpiteta have been carrying light knocks in recent weeks and remain doubts for tomorrow’s game. Jobi McAnuff andJamie Turley will be unavailable for selection.
The O’s defeated the U’s 3-2 the last time the two sides met back in December.
Goals from Jamie Turley and Josh Wright saw Orient race into a two-goal lead at the Abbey, before Jordan Maguire-Drew hit a sublime free kick in first half stoppage time to give Embleton’s side a three-goal advantage heading into the interval.
Jack Roles and Sam Smith grabbed goals back for the home side to set up a grandstand finish, and the drama was intensified minutes later when both Reggie Lambe and Myles Judd received their marching orders in quick succession. Despite the late action, the O’s held on to claim a crucial three points.
Referee: Paul Marsden
Assistant Referees: Samuel Ogles and Paul Lister
Fourth Official: Michael Webb
Marsden has officiated 21 EFL fixtures so far this term, with 14 coming in League Two. In those 14 games he has dished out 49 yellow cards at an average of 3.5 per game, while only handing out one red.
The last O’s game he oversaw was November’s 1-0 defeat to Morecambe. Dan Happe was the only Orient player booked on that day.
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.