Preview : Swindon Town (H)

The O’s return to league action tomorrow night, as Swindon Town travel to the Breyer Group Stadium for what is a crucial game towards the top end of League Two.

Just five points separate The Robins who are only outside the automatic promotion positions on goal difference, and Orient who are two points outside the play-off positions.

A win for Orient would see The O’s move into the play-off spots if Harrogate Town are unable to take all three points at home to top of the table Forest Green Rovers.

THE ROBINS

Swindon currently sit fourth in League Two, with only goal difference keeping them out of the automatic promotion spots.

Ben Garner was appointed head coach in July of this year, after The Robins relegation from League One last season.

Since the start of the season, Garner’s side have lost just three league games, and won an impressive nine from eighteen.

As a result of victories over Crewe Alexandra and Walsall, Swindon have progressed to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2012, where they beat then Premier League side Wigan Athletic to progress to Round Four.

The Robins were however, knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the first round, after a penalty shootout defeat to League One side, Cambridge United. Swindon also departed the Papa John’s Trophy at the first knockout stage, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to Colchester United.

 

KEY PLAYER

Tyreece Simpson has certainly been a standout player for the Robins so far this season. The 19-year-old is flourishing in his first professional season, having been loaned out by Ipswich Town.

Simpson has netted seven league goals this season, including three in his last four, as well netting in rounds one and two of the FA Cup.

He joined his hometown club, Ipswich in 2018 after turning down a professional contract from Rugby Union club Leicester Tigers, to pursue a career in football. The striker signed a two-year scholarship with The Tractor Boys and made his debut for the club in a 2-1 home win against Tottenham Hotspur U23’s in a Papa John’s Trophy group game.

He made his league debut in February 2020 in a 2-1 defeat away at Blackpool. Following his competitive debut for the club, Simpson signed his first professional contract just days later.

REACTION

Kenny Jackett was extremely satisfied following Saturday’s comprehensive FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers, but was keen to stress how important it is to continue the momentum into league fixtures, as he shared his thoughts on this evening’s game against our visitors from Wiltshire.

Jackett stated “Similarly though, we are back to the league this week, and that is the most important thing for us.”

“They’re a good side, they are up there on merit. Both sides will be having aspirations and aims to be at the top of the league this season, and that leads towards a cracking game on Tuesday night.”

Full reaction here –

 

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Assistants: Daniel Cook and Stephen Brown

Fourth Official: Greg Read

Drysdale has been in charge of 17 games this season, mainly taking charge of League One games. He has shown 62 yellow cards and 3 red cards so far this campaign.

The official was last in charge of an O’s game last season when Orient were on the wrong side of a 3-0 defeat, away at Salford City.

MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

Today’s cover star is club stalwart Craig Clay, who looks to make his 200th appearance for the O’s this evening. This will be on sale around the ground for just £3.50. Supporters wishing to purchase a physical copy of the programme can do so, thanks to our Friends at Curtis Sport.

 

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tickets for the game are available at the ground, from £21 for Adults and £8 for U18’s.

If you want to stream the game, match passes will be just £10.

Packages – Leyton Orient FC

 

TOCA SOCIAL

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Check out your matchday programme for the discount code and book online here.