PREVIEW: Morecambe (H)

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Orient will look to build on back-to-back home wins against Southend and Salford, as they welcome Morecambe to E10.

Ross Embleton will return to the dugout having isolated over the festive period and he will be keen to see his team replicate performances that earned six points and kept two clean sheets.

The O’s will be out looking for revenge against the Shrimps, after December’s 2-1. Danny Johnson had fired Orient ahead but two second-half goals flipped the game in Morecambe’s favour.

Opposition

 Morecambe come into the match on the back of a 4-0 pounding from Chelsea, in the FA Cup. That is unlikely to dampen spirits though; The Shrimps sit 8th in the league table, a point above Orient, with two games in hand.

The North-West side finished last season 22nd, but Derek Adams has his side firing this season and was recently awarded December’s Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month.

In their last league fixture, Carlos Mendes Gomes bagged a brace and Adam Phillips completed the scoring in a 3-1 win against Grimsby Town.

The latter is on loan from Burnley and has contributed to 10 goals in 19 league games.

The Officials

Referee: BRETT HUXTABLE

Assistant Referees: Matthew Lee and Paul Lister

Fourth Official: Nicholas Cooper

Huxtable has officiated 20 games so far this season, seven of those in League Two. In those games, the referee has booked 70 players, sent off none and awarded eight penalties.

The official last took charge of an O’s fixture as recently as October, when the O’s beat Bolton 4-0 at the Breyer Group Stadium. Four players were booked – including Ouss Cissè.

A word from the Boss

After beating Salford to open the year with a win, Head Coach Ross Embleton looks ahead to our second game of January, against Morecambe:

 

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