PREVIEW: Stevenage (A)

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In Orient’s most recent away travels, Ross Embleton’s men recorded a 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers and look to continue their success on the road with a trip to Stevenage on Saturday.

Danny Johnson’s 71st-minute strike gifted Embleton’s side with the three points as they returned from Merseyside with a hard-fought victory. Now, it’s time for the O’s to get back on the road, once again, with Stevenage being the next stop.

OPPOSITION

The backroom staff at The Lamex Stadium have had their hands full this summer, as they helped secure the deals of 15 players.

Ex-Southend United full-back Ben Coker has recently turned his season-long loan into a permanent deal while a former Orient fan favourite, Romain Vincelot, joined on a free transfer from Shrewsbury.

Nevertheless, statistically speaking, it has been 20-year-old Jack Aitchinson who’s impressed for the Boro since joining on loan from Barnsley. The dynamic forward has completed more key passes and dribbles, of two, per 90 than any other Stevenage player this season.

However, finding the back of net has been an issue for Stevenage as of late. So far this season, not a single player in Stevenage’s squad has converted more than once and they are also without a League Two goal in 413 minutes.

Therefore, the Hertfordshire-based side have had to rely on their defensive solidity and have partially done so through ex-Orient defender Scott Cuthbert. The former O records the most interceptions on average, with 2.1, and has been a prominent figure defensively for the Boro.

As mentioned previously, Stevenage have gone four league games without a goal and their most recent tie came against Newport County. On this occasion, it was another former Orient man who was involved, as Tristan Abrahams converted in a 1-0 victory for the Welsh side.

Following their defeat, manager Alex Revell told the media: “We have to learn from these games.”

FROM THE DUGOUT

The O’s have a number of ex-players who currently feature for Stevenage, as well as their current manager Alex Revell. Head Coach Ross Embleton discussed the connection between the two clubs in his post-match interview with Dave Victor.

“Yes, there’s a lot (of connections). I don’t suppose where you start really,” Embleton said.

“I never knew him, but I’ve had a lot of interaction since Alex (Revell) got the job there, I’ve spoken to him quite a bit. Not necessarily sharing ideas, but during lockdown, we discussed what we were doing and what he was doing.”

Looking ahead to the fixture on our Live Preview, the Head Coach discussed what he expects from Stevenage on Saturday.

“It’s a very well-organised team and there’s a good mixture of experienced players in there. Obviously, the standout one for any Orient fan would be people like (Romain) Vincelot, people like (Scott) Cuthbert, to name just two of them,” Embleton shared.

“It looks as if Alex (Revell) has really worked them to be very-well organised and hard to break down. They probably haven’t got off to the run of the results that he would have liked but what their scores do reflect is that they’re always in a game.

“They lost 1-0 on Tuesday night and there’s been a number of games like that where they’re never really out of sight. So, we know it’s going to be a very tough game.

“It’s going to be a difficult place to go but a little bit of a nicer place to go after the recent journeys we’ve experienced in recent weeks.”

FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

After a picking up a vital win on the road against Tranmere, Ouss Cisse discussed the importance of picking up the momentum from this victory and applying it to Stevenage on Saturday.

“We have to take the positives from today,” Cisse explained. “Just like I said, we need to keep working. Just because we won, we still need to keep working. We’re going to be a machine!”

With Saturday’s trip to Stevenage in sight, club captain and Tuesday’s Man of the Match Jobi McAnuff reviewed the performance against Tranmere and looks ahead to our next league fixture.

HOW TO FOLLOW

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