PREVIEW: Charlton Athletic (H)

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Orient look to continue their winning ways as they take on Charlton Athletic in the Papa John’s Trophy at the Breyer Group Stadium.

THE ADDICKS

The Addicks are currently 18th in League One following a disappointing start to the season. Charlton started the season with an impressive draw against recently relegated Sheffield Wednesday.

One win in nine games followed for Charlton which started with three defeats to Oxford, Milton Keynes and Wigan before earning their first victory of the season against Crewe.  They then lost to Cheltenham and Wycombe which was then followed up with points against Gillingham and Portsmouth. Defeat to Bolton followed next before winning away at Fleetwood. However back-to-back defeats to Lincoln City and Accrington Stanley saw the end of Nigel Adkins’ time as Charlton boss.

Johnnie Jackson then took caretaker charge which saw him overcome the Addicks poor form and secure big wins over Sunderland and Doncaster Rovers, which was then followed up with a point against high flying Rotherham United. Jackson’s side beat Havant & Waterlooville comfortably in the FA Cup first round and also currently sit top of their Papa John’s Trophy group ahead of tonight’s game.

KEY PLAYER

Jayden Stockley has been a key member of the Charlton side this season, scoring eight goals in all competitions, making him the club’s top scorer so far. Stockley joined the Addicks permanently in the summer following a successful loan spell from Championship side Preston North End, where he scored eight goals in 22 appearances and he has continued his good form into this season.

The 28-year-old began his career at Bournemouth, spending 7 years on the south coast and had several loan spells away from the Cherries, including at Orient in 2013, where he scored once in 8 appearances. After leaving Bournemouth, he moved to Scotland with Aberdeen before returning to England for a prolific spell with Exeter City, scoring 41 goals in 66 games to earn himself a move to the second tier with Preston. He scored 9 goals in 65 games at Deepdale before making the move to the Valley.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Assistants: Stuart Butler and Paul Lister

Fourth Official: Lisa Benn

Purkiss has been in charge of 12 games this season where he has shown 44 yellow cards and two reds.

The Official last took charge of a game involving Orient last season when the O’s lost 2-0 away at Bolton Wanderers.

DIGITAL PROGRAMME

Tonight’s digital programme is available for free, here. Supporters wishing to purchase a physical copy of the programme can do so, thanks to our friends at Curtis Sport.

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