Match Preview : Tranmere Rovers (A)

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The O’s are back in action tomorrow afternoon, travelling to Prenton Park to take on Tranmere Rovers.

Victory for Orient could see The O’s climb as high as fourth but defeat would see Tranmere move four points clear.

THE SUPER WHITE ARMY

Tranmere will be looking for revenge, after Orient’s blistering display against them in the FA Cup second round, at The Breyer Group Stadium. The fixture saw Tranmere fall on the wrong side of a 4-0 scoreline. Harry Smith’s double, as well as goals from Omar Beckles and Aaron Drinan saw The O’s deny Tranmere a trip to Championship side, Stoke City in the third round.

Tranmere sit eighth in League Two, one point ahead of Orient. Micky Mellon’s side haven’t lost since their visit to the Breyer Group Stadium in the FA Cup, having beaten Oldham and Exeter by a single goal. When it comes to league form only, Tranmere are unbeaten in four, with three wins and a draw, with their last defeat coming against Sutton at Prenton Park.

Tranmere have found the net just 17 times themselves in the league, currently, only four of the bottom five have scored fewer.

Rovers are currently managed by Micky Mellon, who is in his second spell at the club, having returned to Prenton Park after a season at Scottish Premiership side Dundee United.

 

KEY PLAYER

As it stands, Rovers have the best defence in the league this season, having only conceded 14 goals in the league.

Playing a big part in the tight knit defence is goalkeeper, Ross Doohan. The 23-year-old made his debut for the club in the League Cup first round, when ‘The Super White Army’ faced fellow League Two side, Oldham Athletic, where Rovers succumbed to a penalty shootout defeat.

The Scot has conceded only twelve league goals this season, having stepped in for the injured Joe Murphy. Having impressed since coming into the fray, Murphy is now sitting on the substitute bench.

Doohan started his career in Scotland, with Glasgow Celtic, but had his first taste of first team action at Ayr United, where he played 80 games in two seasons for the Championship side.

The following season, Doohan had two short term loan spells in the Scottish Premier League with Ross County and Dundee United, but found minutes more difficult to come by, playing only a combined seven premiership games.

Doohan then made the loan switch to England with Tranmere, where he is helping Rovers’ promotion push back to League One, after suffering relegation two seasons ago.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Howard

Assistants: Paul Graham and Joe Simpson

Fourth Official: Conor Brown

Howard has been in charge of seventeen games this season, mainly taking charge of League One games. He has shown fifty seven yellow cards and four red so far this campaign.

The official was last in charge of an O’s game on the 16th October, when Orient played out 0-0 draw with Walsall, at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Follow the Game

The game will be available to follow overseas on our video stream, with the Orient Live team bringing you all the action.

Match passes are available to purchase here.

TOCA SOCIAL

Book your post-match night out at TOCA Social in the O2, the world’s first interactive football and dining experience, combining immersive gaming and world class food and drink. O’s fans get a 10% discount on box bookings and free O’s Sharing Cocktail or Mocktail on arrival*!

Check out your matchday programme for the discount code and book online here. Book your post-match night out at TOCA Social in the O2, the world’s first interactive football and dining experience, combining immersive gaming and world class food and drink. O’s fans get a 10% discount on box bookings and free O’s Sharing Cocktail or Mocktail on arrival*!

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