PREVIEW: Stevenage (A)

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Leyton Orient travel to The Lamex Stadium on Saturday to take on Stevenage in League Two.

The O’s will be looking to pick up all three points and end a five game flurry without a win in the league.

THE BORO

It has been a difficult season so far for Stevenage. Boro have only picked up 13 points from 13 games and sit two points above the relegation zone. Alex Revell’s men started the season in great form winning their opening two league games against Barrow and Bristol Rovers, as well as knocking out Championship side Luton Town from the Carabao Cup. Things then turned sour for Boro, as they went on a nine game winless run in all competitions. That run started with a 4-1 thrashing away at Bradford which was followed up with a point against Port Vale before being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Wycombe.

Defeats to Walsall in the league and Tottenham’s U21’s in the Papa John’s Trophy continued Stevenage’s poor run. Boro drew to Swindon before back-to-back defeats to Sutton United and Forest Green Rovers. A point away at Harrogate came before Stevenage’s first win in nine games at home to newly promoted Hartlepool United. Boro followed that up with an impressive win against League One side, Oxford United in the Papa John’s Trophy. Revell’s men picked up an impressive point against Exeter before back-to-back 3-0 defeats against Oldham and Northampton. Boro find themselves in 20th position coming into Saturday’s clash with the O’s.

KEY PLAYER

One man who could change Stevenage’s fortunes is midfielder, Jake Reeves. The 28-year-old has picked up a goal and three assists in 12 appearances for Boro this season. The Lewisham born midfielder has made an impressive 600 passes this season and created 14 chances which gives him a 1.17 chances created per 90 minutes for a side that has only scored 11 goals this season. Reeves signed for Stevenage over the summer from National League side, Notts County. Last season Reeves was a crucial member of the Magpies squad, making 41 appearances and scoring five goals which helped Notts County reach the Play-Off semi-finals, where they lost to Torquay United in extra time.

(Photo: Danny Loo)

THE GAFFER

Kenny Jackett gives his thoughts on Tuesday’s nights point at home to Forest Green Rovers and looks ahead to Saturday’s trip to Stevenage.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: James Bell

Assistants: Ryan Whitaker and Matthew Lee

Fourth Official: Garry Maskell

Bell has been in charge of 12 games this season mainly refereeing in League One. He has shown 40 yellow cards in his 12 games and hasn’t gone a game this season without getting the book out.

The last game Bell didn’t show any cards in a game was the last time he took charge of an Orient game where the O’s defeated Carlisle 1-0 away at Brunton Park last season.

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