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PREVIEW: Morecambe (H)

18 March 2016

All the information ahead of tomorrow's home fixture

Leyton Orient will be looking to get back into the League Two Play-Off places tomorrow when they host Morecambe at the Matchroom Stadium.

The O’s moved up to seventh last weekend with an impressive 1-0 victory away to Oxford United, but dropped out of the Play-Off places in the week after Wycombe Wanderers drew at Accrington Stanley.

Jobi McAnuff scored his third goal of the season for Orient at the Kassam Stadium last Saturday to extend the O’s unbeaten run on the road to five matches under player-manager Kevin Nolan.

Morecambe arrive in E10 currently 18th in League Two, and 13 points from the relegation zone.

Jim Bentley’s side, who were put up for sale by chairman Peter McGuigan at the start of March, recorded a first win in 11 matches last weekend against AFC Wimbledon.

Andy Fleming fired the Shrimps ahead on the 76th minute, before Jamie Devitt doubled their advantage from the penalty spot four minutes later after Ryan Sweeney had been sent off for the visitors.

George Francomb pulled a goal back in stoppage time, but Morecambe were able to hold on for the points to end a long wait for a win.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

Morecambe 0
Leyton Orient 1
24.10.15
Sky Bet League Two

Jack Payne’s fortuitous first-half goal proved to be the difference as the O’s claimed victory in their first-ever encounter against Morecambe earlier in the season.

The Orient midfielder scored the only goal on 29 minutes when his slide tackle on the edge of the penalty area ricocheted beyond Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche.

The visitors had chances to double their advantage after the break, but Payne’s goal was to prove enough as Orient held on for a slender victory.

Morecambe went into the encounter as the division’s top scorers and they nearly took the lead when Jamie Devitt got on the end of Paul Mullin’s cross, but could only send a header wide of the far post.

However, once Payne had registered his first goal for the club, the visitors held firm to take the points, despite a frantic finish when O’s keeper Alex Cisak denied Morecambe substitute Lee Molyneux and Tom Barkhuizen.

ORIENT: Cisak, Clohessy, Baudry, Essam, Chicksen, Payne, Pritchard, Moore, Marquis (James 63), Simpson (Turgott 87), Palmer
SUBS: Grainger, Dunne, Shaw, Moncur, Kashket
GOAL: Payne (29)
BOOKED: Marquis (24), Chicksen (88)

TEAM NEWS

Peter Ramage could be in line to make his Orient debut this weekend. The 32-year-old arrived on a 28-day loan from Coventry on Thursday, and could go straight into the O’s starting XI in place of captain Mathieu Baudry who serves the first of a four game suspension.

Lloyd James could also return to the first team squad tomorrow after successfully coming through the Development League victory at Cambridge on Tuesday, while Sammy Moore could also feature after missing out through illness last weekend.

Paul McCallum nears ever closer to a return and Dean Cox continues to make positive strides as both recover following knee ligament injuries sustained last year.

BETTING (Sky Bet Odds correct at the time of preview)

Leyton Orient have won three of their last five games and are hot favourites at home with Sky Bet at 8/13 to collect another three points.

They face a Morecambe side that won its first game in 11 tries last time and the Shrimps are 13/5 here to follow up with the draw 29/10.

Orient won the reverse fixture back in October 1-0 and a repeat of that outcome is 6/1.

COVERAGE

Not able to make it today? Follow coverage of the game on the O’s official Twitter feed or on the Orient Wall. If you are looking for audio coverage, you can listen to commentary from BBC London’s Dave Victor on Orient PlayerHD

Following the match head to leytonorient.com for match report and reaction. 

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