Danny Johnson played a key role in kickstarting Orient’s 2020/21 campaign on Saturday, as his 89th-minute winner helped snatch the O’s first league victory of season.
Nevertheless, Ross Embleton’s men now turn their attentions towards League One opposition Plymouth Argyle for the second round of the Carabao Cup. Should the O’s progress to the third round, then Embleton will be sharing the dugout with Jose Mourinho while his Tottenham side grace the turf of The Breyer Group Stadium.
Ahead of the 2020/21 season, eight players have found a new home at the Theatre of Greens, as former Crawley Town and Colchester United forwards, Panutche Camara and Frank Nouble, have committed their future to The Pilgrims.
Plymouth Argyle kicked off their Carabao Cup campaign with a narrow 3-2 victory over Championship opposition Queens Park Rangers. Nouble’s 78th-minute volley secured The Pilgrims their spot in the second round and an away trip to east London.
Unlike the O’s, Plymouth fell at the first EFL Trophy hurdle. The Pilgrims suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Norwich City, but this performance didn’t affect their confidence ahead of their first league fixture.
Ryan Lowe’s side recorded a 1-0 victory against Blackpool on the opening of their League One campaign, many thanks to Luke Jephcott’s early conversion. Following the game, Lowe discussed his admiration for his side.
“Seeing the fight and the spirit of those lads shows me that they’ve got a real togetherness and want to win games on football.”
Embleton will be looking to right the wrongs from Orient’s last meeting with Plymouth, as the O’s suffered a 4-0 defeat away from home – with all four goals coming in the first half.
Following Saturday’s victory, Embleton stated that he was “disappointed” in the way the O’s performed but recognised that despite not finding any rhythm, his players did well to battle and gain three points from a tough place.
Ahead of the next Carabao Cup fixture, Embleton discussed how he plans on keeping his side grounded when considering the prize that is already waiting for them in the third round.
“We know Plymouth are a good team, we experienced it twice last year. We know they’re going to be a really tough nut to crack,” Embleton explained in his Oldham Athletic post-match interview.
“I think with them being the strength that they are, it focuses everybody on that knowing there’s a prize at the end of it.
“It’s a fantastic motivation for all of us, but we have a massive hurdle and a very, very good team to get over on Tuesday night before we even worry about what comes next.”
FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
James Dayton alluded to Embleton’s previous comments that the O’s are yet to play to what is deemed to be their full capabilities and the Orient midfielder spoke about how there is more to come.
“I don’t think we’ve got to where we can get to, performance wise. That’s a good sign of a good team that can grind out results and even when we’re not performing well,” Dayton said to Leyton Orient’s YouTube channel.
“We go into next week, I know we’ve got a game Tuesday, but we’ll be working on how we can be better and that’s a good sign that we can get better but still be picking up results.”
Dayton later added: “We haven’t performed anywhere near our best yet. A couple of glimpses in pre-season where we performed really well, but in the three games that we’ve played we’ve had to be more defensive and patient in our shape.”
HOW TO FOLLOW
To make sure you don’t miss any of the action from Orient’s Second Round Carabao Cup fixture, 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. Tonight’s special guest is former captain John Mackie!