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Match Preview: Orient Take On AFC Wimbledon

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Ross Embleton’s side will be looking to dust themselves down following their defeat to Cheltenham Town with an EFL Trophy victory over AFC Wimbledon.

The O’s returned to competitive action on Saturday afternoon, following the squad’s isolation period, but tasted defeat for the first time this season with a 2-0 loss to Michael Duff’s Cheltenham Town.

Now, Orient will be looking to swipe this defeat under the carpet and recapture the squad’s scintillating form prior to isolation. Therefore, Embleton’s men welcome AFC Wimbledon to the Breyer Group Stadium in their second game of the EFL Trophy Group Stage.

OPPOSITION

Over the course of the summer, AFC Wimbledon have made a number of signings, however, the most notable being 28-year-old striker Ollie Palmer.

The former Crawley Town, and Leyton Orient, forward made the vertical jump from League Two to League One this summer, following a handful of stellar performances for the Sussex-based side.

In addition to this, Palmer has also been joined by a number of loanees such as Jaako Oksanen from Brentford and Ryan Longman from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Regarding performances on the pitch, The Dons have had a comfortable start to the 2020/21 campaign – picking up five points from four games and occupying 12th in League One.

Much like the O’s, The Dons recorded a victory over Brighton & Hove Albion’s youth side in their opening EFL Trophy fixture and will be looking to build upon this performance.

More recently, Glyn Hodges’ side suffered a 2-1 defeat last weekend at the hands of Accrington Stanley, which the manager described as “disappointing” in his post-match interview.

FROM THE DUGOUT

Following a temporary isolation hiatus, Embleton discusses the challenges the squad faces in regard to a packed-out fixture schedule, with the first of this series of games coming against The Dons.

“There will be a number of players that will have to play on Tuesday,” Embleton said regarding the players that already played against Cheltenham.

“We either embrace this or moan about it and whinge, we’re not going to whinge and we’re going to dust ourselves down.”

Embleton also confirmed that Ruel Sotiriou will be unavailable on Tuesday night as well as Saturday’s trip to Barrow, as the young forward will be on international duty.

FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Following a disappointing afternoon at The Breyer Group Stadium, Orient defender Josh Coulson looked ahead to Orient’s next game and how the team will attempt to overcome their recent struggles.

“We’ll manage it the best that we can, and we’ll go again Monday for the game on Tuesday.

“Like you say, the games are coming thick and fast on Saturdays and Tuesdays, but for me I prefer to do that then wait all week for a game. And like you say, we can bounce back on Tuesday and get the ball rolling again.”

HOW TO FOLLOW

To make sure that you don’t miss a single minute of the O’s EFL Trophy adventure, Orient TV Passes are available for purchase 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 buy your pass, click here.