PREVIEW: Exeter City (H)

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Following a very successful stint on the road, with victories against Tranmere Rovers and Stevenage, the O’s now return to The Breyer Group Stadium to take on Exeter City.

 It’s been quite the week for Ross Embleton and Co. after picking up two victories and two clean sheets in the past seven days.

However, the Head Coach and his side will now be turning their attentions towards a 5th-placed Exeter City side who are unbeaten in six.


 The Grecians only welcomed a handful of arrivals to Devon’s St. James Park, with three players committing their future to Exeter City. Orient fans will certainly recognise one name, as former O Jake Caprice joined on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers.

Nevertheless, despite the relative lack of additions to the Exeter squad, this hasn’t hampered their progress in League Two. The Devon-based side currently occupy a play-off place and are yet to put a foot wrong in October.

20-year-old academy graduate Joel Randall has certainly had a break-through season at St. James Park, with the young midfielder being at the forefront of Exeter’s goal-scoring charts.

Across 684 minutes, the Exeter midfielder has found the back of the net on four occasions and converted as recently as last weekend.

Matt Jay also appears to be yet another threat emerging from Exeter City’s attack, as the 24-year-old forward has notched three goals this campaign. Furthermore, the pro-active striker records around 2.7 shots per game, on average, as well as previously providing an assist so far this season.

From a defensive standpoint, Exeter mainly rely on former O Tom Parkes. The central defender leads in statistics such as tackles and clearances per game, which are 2.2 and 4.5 respectively.

In their most recent outing, the Grecians dispatched Scunthorpe United with a 3-1 victory, however, Exeter managed Matt Taylor still expressed some critiques about his side.

“We made life much more difficult than it needed to be today,” Taylor told the media.


So far in the month of October, the O’s have played seven games with two more fixtures still to come.

Following Orient’s away victory over Stevenage, Embleton discussed his sides’ recent results and the upcoming challenges they are set to face.

“We’ve got a run of a couple of games coming up that are going to be tough,” the Head Coach told the Leyton Orient YouTube channel.

“I’ve said to the boys today that, for me, I put a team out there on Tuesday and tonight expecting us to win, obviously excited but expecting us to go out win.

“We’ve done that, and we’ve done that convincingly in my opinion and kept clean sheets.”

He later added: “Now, it’s about being relentless. I was saying to the boys in the last five or six minutes, relentless, energy and enthusiasm to set the standards, raising the bar and aspiring to be more because that’s what we want to be.”


 It was quite the performance from Jordan Maguire-Drew on Saturday afternoon, as the Orient number ten came off the bench and scored the opening goal of the game with a right-footed finish.

Looking ahead to Tuesday night’s fixture, the Orient winger had this to say.

“They’re a brilliant side,” JMD explained to Orient’s YouTube channel. “We’ve got another tough, tough game.

“There’s never an easy game in this league. Anyone can beat anyone so, like you say, we just want to take this momentum into it. For Tuesday, we’ll have a game plan and as long as we stick to it we can hopefully come out of it with a positive result.”


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