PREVIEW: Barrow (A)

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Leyton Orient look to bounce back against Barrow after last weekend’s 3-2 defeat away at Port Vale.

Paul Smyth is unavailable due to international commitment with Northern Ireland, while Tom James is still suspended.

THE BLUEBIRDS

Barrow brought in former Forest Green Rovers manager, Mark Cooper to the club over the summer after former boss Michael Jolley was sacked in February. Cooper was set to guide Forest Green into the League Two play-offs last season but after a dip in form heading into April, the board sacked Cooper. The 52-year-old now looks to begin a new project with Barrow and brought in a number of new signings including Joe Grayson, Offrande Zanzala, Robbie Gotts to bolster the squad.

Barrow have enjoyed a bright start to their second season in League Two. The Bluebirds have won four of their opening ten league games this season which included victories over newly promoted Hartlepool United, Oldham, Newport and Mansfield. Mark Cooper’s side also picked up strong points against Bradford and Exeter. The Bluebirds lost their second round Carabao Cup tie with Aston Villa 6-0 and have also struggled in the Papa John’s Trophy, only picking up one point from two games. Barrow currently sit eighth in League Two, one place outside the play-off positions and one point away from Orient in fourth.

Barrow lost 3-1 last time out to Fleetwood Town in the Papa John’s Trophy. Despite taking the lead through Offrande Zanzala, a second-half comeback saw Fleetwood take the three points.

KEY PLAYERS

23-year-old striker Offrande Zanzala joined Barrow this summer from Carlisle United where he scored five league goals last season. The Congo forward has started life in good form for the Bluebirds finding the back of the net three times this season in the league and four times in all competitions.

KENNY JACKETT

Kenny Jackett gives his thoughts ahead of this weekend’s away trip to Barrow as well as reflecting on Orient’s last two games away at Port Vale and Crawley.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Peter Wright

Assistants: Bradley Hall and Billy Smallwood

Fourth Official: Martin Woods

Wright has refereed ten games this season across League One and Two, as well as the Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy. He has shown 31 yellow cards so far this season.

The official was last involved in an Orient game when the O’s lost 2-0 against Cheltenham Town at The Breyer Group Stadium last season. Wright showed seven yellow cards in that fixture with five of them going to Leyton Orient players.

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