PREVIEW: Southend United (H)

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Following a Boxing Day defeat to Cambridge United, the O’s will look to dust themselves down ahead of our Tuesday night clash with Southend United.

In our festive fixture, Danny Johnson took the lead for the O’s in the 24th minute at the Abbey Stadium, however, the U’s fought back and scored two in quick succession to guarantee a victory.

As Head Coach Ross Embleton continues his isolation period, Danny Senda will continue his stint in the dugout as Leyton Orient welcome Southend United to the Breyer Group Stadium.


Since their relegation from League One, Southend United have found it quite the challenge to adapt to life in League Two.

With what seemed like an anchor pulling the Shrimpers down to the foot of the table, it took 16 games for Southend United to record their first victory of the season, which was a 1-0 triumph over Walsall.

Nevertheless, since putting an end to their winless rut, it seems like there has been a change of fortune for the Essex-based side.

So far in December, the Shrimpers are yet to taste defeat this month, as they’ve managed to put together a five-game unbeaten run which as lifted Southend to 23rd in League Two. With a game in-hand over Grimsby Town, the Shrimpers could leapfrog the Mariners should Mark Molesley’s side record a victory over the O’s on Tuesday night.

Although many Orient supporters will be keeping an eye on former O Jason Demetriou, Danny Senda and his backroom staff will certainly be keeping tabs on top performer Timothee Dieng.

The 28-year-old has been an integral part of the Southend United defence, as Dieng has provided an average rating of 6.96 – according to WhoScored statistics.

Furthermore, the central defender averages 1.8 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 3.9 clearances per game and even managed to chip in with a goal in Southend’s most recent outing.

It was a Boxing Day to remember for Molesley’s side as Southend managed to secure the Essex bragging rights with a 2-0 victory over Colchester United.


In charge of Tuesday’s proceedings will be Craig Hicks and he will be accompanied by Andrew Laver, Oliver Jackson and Sam Allison, with the latter being the fourth official.

The last time Hicks refereed a Leyton Orient fixture was at the dawn of the season, as the O’s beat Forest Green Rovers 2-1 in the Carabao Cup.

Forest Green Rovers opened the scoring in the 23rd minute but Ross Embleton’s side managed to fight back through goals from Danny Johnson and a wonderful solo-effort from Conor Wilkinson.


Following Orient’s Boxing Day defeat, Danny Senda spoke to Dave Victor about the loss and Tuesday’s fixture.


Despite adding yet another goal to his tally, Danny Johnson spoke of his disappointment following the Cambridge defeat.


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Upcoming Fixture:
29th December 2020
English Football League - League Two
English Football League - League Two
Leyton Orient
Leyton Orient
2 - 0
Southend United
Southend United