Following a key victory over Southend United at the tail of 2020, the O’s will look to kickstart 2021 with a triumph over Salford City on Saturday.
On Tuesday evening, the local bragging rights were up for grabs, as the O’s took on Mark Moseley’s Southend United side.
As the O’s bowed out of 2020, Ross Embleton’s side put on an impressive display which included a Jobi McAnuff freekick and a delicious dink from Conor Wilkinson.
Now, the O’s welcome Salford City to the Breyer Group Stadium, as we look to start 2021 on the right foot.
Since Graham Alexander’s dismissal in mid-October, Richie Wellens has taken the reigns of Salford City and helped guide the Manchester-based side to 6th in League Two.
In recent times, Salford have recorded a five-game unbeaten streak, where they’ve faced other high-flyers such as Newport County and Cheltenham Town.
In their most recent outing, the Ammies managed to defeat Walsall 2-0 at home, with goals coming from Luke Burgess and ex-Manchester United striker James Wilson.
The former Red Devil has been somewhat of a shining light in Wellens’ side in recent times, as he recently converted his seventh goal of the season across all competitions.
Furthermore, should Wilson find the back of the net at the Breyer Group Stadium, this will be his third goal in as many games.
So far this season, Wilson has recorded an average rating of 7.20, according to WhoScored statistics, and is certainly a pro-active individual in front of goal. The Salford marksman averages 2.3 shots per game and has also received three Man of the Match awards.
In addition to the attacking threat of Wilson, Embleton and his backroom staff will also be keeping a close eye on Ashley Hunter. The attacking midfielder has featured on 19 occasions this season and has converted six goals so far this season, as well as chipping in with three assists.
In charge of Saturday’s proceedings will be Carl Brook and he will be accompanied by Mike Desborough, Daniel Cook and Charles Breakspear – with the latter being the fourth official.
The last time Brook took charge of Leyton Orient fixture was back March 2019, where the O’s defeated Aldershot Town 2-1 in the National League.
That day, a rare Josh Coulson double secured the points on the road for the O’s.
FROM THE DUGOUT
Following the derby day victory over Southend, Ross Embleton previews another home fixture against Salford.
FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Following spell out of the team, Tunji Akinola starred in the centre of defence in our 2-0 victory and discussed the result, as well as our next fixture, following the game.
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