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PREVIEW: Newport County (H)

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With our recent Papa Johns’ Trophy exit now in the rear-view mirror, Ross Embleton’s side looks ahead to the O’s next league fixture, as Leyton Orient welcome Newport County to E10.

 For the first time in 275 days, 574 Orient supporters graced the terraces of the Breyer Group Stadium on Tuesday evening, as they watched Orient’s 2-1 defeat to League One opponents Bristol Rovers.

This Saturday, a maximum of 2,000 supporters will watch the O’s first league fixture for nine months, as Welsh side Newport County make the trip to east London.

OPPOSITION

 Michael Flynn’s side has been the shining example in League Two so far this season, as the Welsh outfit currently lead the way in the division and are four points ahead of Cheltenham.

Their raging success in the 2020/21 season can be largely accredited to 21-year-old midfielder Scott Twine.

The creative midfielder is currently on loan from Swindon Town and, according to WhoScored statistics, has provided the highest average rating out of their entirety of League Two, with 7.42.

Twine is a pro-active individual in front of goal, as he averages 3.5 shots per game, and he’s been rewarded for his hard work, as the 21-year-old has converted on five goals since August.

In addition to this, Twine has turned provider on five occasions and frequently wins a number of free-kicks each game, as he’s fouled an average of 2.3 times per 90.

Michael Flynn and his side are no stranger to the Breyer Group Stadium, as Newport previously visited E10 near the dawn of November.

On that day, Jamie Devitt’s strike from distance signified the end to Orient’s FA Cup journey, as the Exiles rode out of east London with a 2-1 victory.

Since Newport’s trip to the capital, the Exiles suffered a Papa Johns’ Trophy blip by losing 3-1 to Plymouth Argyle. However, since this defeat, Flynn’s side are on a five-game unbeaten streak in the league and also managed to dispatch Salford City in the FA Cup.

In their most recent fixture, Newport travelled to Grimsby Town and managed to beat Ian Holloway’s side 2-0 on Tuesday evening. Twine opened the scoring at Blundell Park but it was Padraig Amond’s 45th-minute strike which helped secure the three points.

Following the game, Flynn described his side’s trip to Grimsby as, “a fantastic away performance, in terms of professionalism.”

SATURDAY’S OFFICIAL

In charge of Saturday’s proceedings will be Tom Nield and he will be accompanied by Nicholas Cooper, Stephen Finch and Damith Bandara, with the latter being the fourth official.

The last time Nield set foot on the turf of the Breyer Group Stadium was back in mid-October when the O’s lost 3-2 to Grimsby Town.

On that day, Ian Holloway’s side was awarded a penalty in the dying minutes and Nield also waved away the claims for an Orient penalty from a Danny Johnson cross.

FROM THE DUGOUT

 In the build-up to Orient’s clash with Newport County, Head Coach Ross Embleton speaks to the Leyton Orient YouTube channel.

 FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

 Looking ahead to this weekend, Craig Clay previews Saturday’s fixture.

HOW TO FOLLOW

 If you want to keep up to date with the action from the Breyer Group Stadium, 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 our new streaming service providing insight and analysis prior to kick-off, at half-time and following the final whistle.

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