Despite taking the lead through Orient talisman Danny Johnson, the O’s unfortunately fell to a defeat – courtesy of goals from Rory Holden and Elijah Adebayo, as the latter netted his third goal of the season.
Looking to dust themselves down from their recent defeat, Ross Embleton’s side will be looking to make amends with a victory over an 18th-placed Grimsby Town.
A number of fresh faces have chosen Blundell Park as their new home for the foreseeable future, with as many as eleven players putting pen to paper.
The likes of Football League veteran and former Swindon Town midfielder Danny Rose, as well as former Blackpool winger Sean Scannell, have recently made the switch to Ian Holloway’s side.
However, it appears that loanees Danny Preston and Owura Edwards, from Nottingham Forest and Bristol City respectively, have been the shining lights for the Mariners so far this season.
Tied with Grimsby’s established stopper between the sticks, Preston has played the greatest number of minutes for the Mariners this season. Furthermore, the 20-year-old defender records, on average, 1.5 tackles and two interceptions per game, according to WhoScored statistics.
Moving up the pitch, Edwards appears to provide the creative spark for Holloway’s side. Across four games this season, the loanee from Bristol City has contributed to his side with a goal and an assist, as well as providing two key passes per game and an average of three successful dribbles per 90.
In their most recent fixture, Edwards opened the scoring for Holloway’s men as they recorded a 3-1 victory over Cheltenham Town, which was their first league victory of the season.
Following his side’s recent triumph, Holloway told GrimsbyLive that he was delighted with the team’s performance and the general spirit of the squad.
Ahead of Saturday’s fixture with Grimsby Town, Head Coach Ross Embleton revealed his previous conversations with Ian Holloway as both clubs faced similar difficult situations regarding the coronavirus.
“I spoke to Ian Holloway whilst we were right in the middle of our period,” the Head Coach told the Leyton Orient YouTube channel.
“There was a lot of frustration because I believe at the beginning of their COVID-19 issues, it was only one player that was hindering them from playing any games. But different protocols had come up which meant they couldn’t play.”
Nevertheless, Embleton also pointed out to Dave Victor that this wouldn’t be the first nor the only time where games are cancelled due to similar issues.
This Saturday’s fixture has also been moved to a 17:30 kick-off, and Orient’s Head Coach discussed how the team needs to be flexible in order to play a vast number of games in such a short space of time.
“We’ve got to be flexible and we’ve got to try and adapt. The fact that we can get here and play at seven o’clock tonight (against Walsall), and get the boys home and in bed for a decent night’s sleep before they’re then back in training again tomorrow is a sensible decision.
“I think the same for the 17:30 kick-offs. Financially, clubs are under a massive strain and staying overnight puts a huge burden on people.
“In order to be able to assist Grimsby, you would like to think that further down the line the football community will help each other, and if times need manipulating then I think that’s a sensible idea.”
Lawrence Vigoroux provided yet another stellar performance in Orient’s recent fixture, with a number of crucial saves as well as denying Caolan Lavery from the penalty spot.
The Orient shot-stopper admitted he was disappointed with the result on Tuesday night and also went onto discuss the challenge that the team will face this Saturday.
“They beat Cheltenham 3-1 away tonight, that’s going to be a tough game. Obviously, we played Cheltenham without any training and now we’re going to play Grimsby.
“This season is very topsy turvy and everyone’s beating everyone, you just need to put a bit of consistent form together and you never know where it might take you.”
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