PREVIEW: Crawley Town (H)

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Following a mid-week defeat to Morecambe, the O’s are now back in action at the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Ross Embleton’s side looking to return to winning ways against Crawley Town.

Despite taking the lead through Danny Johnson, the O’s suffered a defeat on the road as goals from Sam Lavelle and Carlos Mendes Gomes secured the three points for Morecambe.

Now, the O’s will look to place their recent defeat in the rear-view mirror, as they welcome Crawley Town to E10 on Saturday afternoon.


Crawley Town have recently been propelled into the national headlines this week, as former The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright has recently signed for the Red Devils. Heading into this Saturday’s fixture, it’s almost as if the stars have aligned, as Crawley’s new signing could come up against his brother and Leyton Orient midfielder Josh Wright.

Although this heart-warming reunion will be a sight to see, Ross Embleton and his backroom staff will be turning their attentions to Max Watters – who has proven to be a considerable threat for Crawley so far this season.

The 21-year-old striker joined the Red Devils on a free transfer this summer from Doncaster Rovers and has certainly hit the ground running in Sussex. Across 13 appearances, the striker has found the back of the net on 12 occasions and has proven himself to be clinical marksman for John Yems’ side.

In comparison to the rest of League Two, our very own Danny Johnson is level with Watters on the goal-scoring charts, with Cambridge United’s Paul Mullin being the only man to find the back of the net more frequently than these two.

In regard to current league form, Crawley sit 13th in League Two and have picked up three draws and just a single victory over the course of December.

In their most recent outing, John Yems’ side recorded a 1-1 draw with Bradford City, as an own goal from the Bantams helped secure a point.

Following the game, Assistant Manager Lee Bradbury said: “We’re disappointed that we haven’t won, and we’re disappointed with the performance as well. I thought we were a bit flat tonight and didn’t create too many chances.”


In charge of Saturday’s proceedings will be Scott Oldham and he will be accompanied by Aaron Farmer, John Flynn and Martyn Holmes – with the latter being the fourth official.

The last time Oldham graced the surface of the Breyer Group Stadium was last season, where the O’s drew 3-3 with Port Vale. 

With six goals being scored in east London, the Orient faithful will remember Conor Wilkinson’s curling strike from distance and Josh Wright levelling the scores late on with his second headed goal of the game.


Following Tuesday’s defeat, Head Coach Ross Embleton reflection on the performance and also looks ahead to Saturday.


Joe Widdowson looks ahead to Saturday’s fixture against Crawley and discusses the season so far.


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