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PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Morecambe

7 February 2017

A look at the information and team news ahead of tonight's encounter in E10

Danny Webb is eager to bounce back from defeat in his opening game as O’s boss on Saturday with three points this evening when hosting Morecambe at the Matchroom Stadium.

The 33-year-old’s first game at the helm ended in a 2-1 defeat to third-placed Carlisle United at the weekend, having initially taken the lead through Gavin Massey’s 25th minute strike.

Gary Liddle levelled matters before the break, before Jamie Proctor secured all three points with his first goal for the Cumbrians. Despite his sending off minutes later for the a second bookable offence, the O’s couldn’t net a late equaliser.

Orient come into the game in 23rd spot in League Two, seven points and six positions adrift of tonight’s opponents Morecambe.

The original fixture at the Matchroom Stadium had been called off due to a frozen pitch, and since then, despite their off-the-field issues with players not being paid, the Shrimps have grounded out three draws and one win from their last four matches.

Last time out, they picked up a solid point at table-toppers Doncaster Rovers having broke the deadlock through Peter Murphy with 24 minutes on the clock.

Former O John Marquis netted his 18th league goal of the season for Donny to level matters, and that was how it ended.

Away from their Globe Arena home, Jim Bentley’s side have accumulated 19 of their 32 points via five wins and four draws.

The victories have come against Yeovil Town (1-0), Accrington Stanley (3-2), Cambridge United (2-1), Notts County (2-1) and Mansfield Town (1-0). Draws have been picked up at Barnet, Colchester United, Carlisle United and Doncaster Rovers. 

AHEAD OF THE GAME 

First-team coach Omer Riza on Morecambe challenge – here

Midfielder Nigel Atangana insists a positive result is a must against the Shrimps tonight – here

TEAM NEWS

Defender Callum Kennedy is a doubt for the O’s have coming off in the 2-1 home loss to Carlisle United on Saturday with a thigh strain.

Midfielder Liam Kelly returned to the matchday squad for the first time since suffering a torn hamstring in the 1-0 home defeat to Luton Town on October 8, and is again in contention for the matchday squad.

The club are still waiting for news on whether winger Jordan Green will be available to the O’s after registration issues prevented him from being involved against Carlisle United having made the move to E10 on loan from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth.

Jens Janse and Aron Pollock also remain unavailable to boss Danny Webb through injury, as does striker Paul McCallum (knee).

SKY BET BETTING (correct at the time of writing)

Leyton Orient are 13/10 favourites to pick up a vital three points when hosting Morecambe tonight. The draw is 12/5, while Jim Bentley’s Shrimps can be backed at 2/1.

Gavin Massey netted his fifth goal of the campaign in the 2-1 loss to Carlisle United on Saturday and is 6/1 alongside Sam Dalby to net the opener this evening. Morecambe’s leading contender for the opening goal is Kevin Ellison, who is also 6/1.

Orient won 2-1 at the Globe Arena in the reverse fixture, and a repeat of that scoreline can be backed at 8/1.

COVERAGE

Can’t make the game tomorrow? Follow live updates through the official Twitter feed. For commentary on the game, listen to BBC London’s Dave Victor on Orient PlayerHD. 

Match report and reaction following the game will appear on leytonorient.com.


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