Match Preview: Oldham Athletic v Leyton Orient

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The O’s will be making their first return to league action, after a 189-day absence, with an away trip to Oldham Athletic.

Following recent success in both the Carabao Cup and the EFL Trophy, Ross Embleton and his side will be looking to build on past performances and start the League Two campaign with a victory on Saturday.

Opposition

For the curtain raiser of the 2019/20 season, Orient will be travelling to the north west in order to take on Oldham Athletic.

It’s been a busy summer for the Latics, as new manager Harry Kewell was appointed in August and as many as 13 players have committed their future to Boundary Park in recent times.

Carl Piergianni is arguably the most notable addition, as the former Salford City defender joined the Lactics on loan in January, but Oldham have now made that deal permanent.

Furthermore, Kewell has also put his native stamp on the Oldham squad, as under-23s Australian international George Blackwood also joined this summer from Adelaide United.

Much like the O’s, Oldham have recently progressed to the second round of the Carabao Cup and with a 3-0 victory over Carlisle United. Following the game, Kewell commented that he was “over the moon”.

The last time the O’s faced off against the Lactics was in the penultimate fixture before the nationwide lockdown. The game finished 2-2 at The Breyer Group Stadium, with the goals coming from Danny Johnson and an own goal from Oldham defender Tom Hamer.

From the dugout

Senda

Ahead of Orient’s first league game of the season, Assistant Head Coach Danny Senda recognised the recent success in cup competitions and stated that he was “really pleased” with the victories against Forest Green and Brighton.

Nevertheless, the attention of the squad and the coaching staff will now be turning towards the league.

“This is really what we’re all aiming towards, if we’re being honest. The cup competitions are good, they’re exciting, and they build momentum, but ultimately it’s about getting started in the league,” Senda told Leyton Orient’s YouTube channel.

“We’re going up to Oldham, which we know is going to be a difficult fixture for us on the road. They’re a good side with a new manager, a manager that is experienced and used to winning from his playing background.

“We know it’s going to be very difficult, but we are looking forward to it and we do expect to get a good result up there.”

From the dressing room

Following a premature end to the season and 189 days without any League Two action, James Brophy discussed the challenges the squad has faced.

“It’s definitely been the weirdest pre-season to date,” Brophy revealed to Leyton Orient’s YouTube channel.

He later added: “Without football for five months its definitely felt like the shortest pre-season. It’s nice to be back in and nice to play a few competitive games.”

With league fixtures being played behind closed doors, Brophy goes into further detail about how the O’s need to adapt and thrive in a new climate.

“It’s strange. Obviously, we’ve had the pre-season games and you know when you’re playing a pre-season game because the intensity isn’t there.

“Having said that, we played Forest Green on the weekend and there was intensity there. But without the atmosphere, it’s very strange.

“I think for away games it might benefit us that the home team don’t have that atmosphere or the crowd behind them. That can sometimes put you under more pressure as they almost become the 12th man.

“But for our games at home, we need to make sure we are creating the atmosphere for ourselves and push forward as a team.”

How To Follow

To make sure you don’t miss any of the action from the O’s first league game of the 2019/20 season, Orient TV Passes are now available on the club website.

Orient Live is the new and only way to watch the O’s both home and away, with the new streaming service providing analysis and exclusive interviews prior to kick-off, at half-time and following the final whistle.

To purchase your match pass, click here.

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12th September 2020
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