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In Opposition: Leyton Orient

Steve Ball's side back to league action when Orient visit JCS

13 November 2020

Ross Embleton's Leyton Orient are the visitors to the JobServe Community Stadium as the U's get back to league action on Saturday afternoon.

Manager - Ross Embleton

Top Scorer - Danny Johnson (8)

Last Result - Charlton Athletic 3-1 Leyton Orient 10/11/2020

Leyton Orient will be hoping to put recent form behind them after suffering three straight defeats. 

Forest Green defeate Embleton's side a in their last league fixture, while Newport knocked them out of the FA Cup, and Charlton made it three defeats in a row for Orient with a 3-1 win in the Papa John's Trophy on Tuesday night. 

Orient sit thirteenth in the league, a point behind the U's having played a game more, having had a mediocre start to the 2020/21 campaign. Four wins, four defeats and three draws from eleven game for Embleton's side have left them just in the bottom half of the table, with room for improvement.

And Brisbane Road boss, Ross Embleton, wants his side to get their heads down to work through their recent dip in form. 

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"If you can put a run together in this league, you feel like you can get into the play-offs. Michael Flynn said last week people from third to eighteenth will feel like they have a chance." - Ross Embleton

"It's important to not get carried away either way; my big message to the players is that yes, we're disappointed to exit the FA Cup, but we're through in the Papa John's Trophy, but the league there'e just been one defeat in recent times, so we need to ensure we make that just a blip."

"It's important as it's not a long one to travel to, and it's always a good ground to go and play at. We want to go and win. They're an interesting team, and despite the managerial changes, they are similar in their approach."

Embleton's side have mostly been lining up in a 4-3-3 formation this season, with top scorer Danny Johnson the focal point of their attack. Johnson and Conor Wilkinson have been in goal-scoring form, with thirteen between them so far this campaign, with others chipping in with goals from all over the field. 

In goal, they have Lawrence Vigouroux who has been a key player for Orient, along with a consistant back four that has been boosted by the addition of West Ham loanee Tunji Akinola, who played against the U's for the Hammers in the Papa John's Trophy earlier this season. 

Steve Ball's side will be looking for a fourth home league win in a row, and a repeat of last season's performances against Orient where the U's did the double over the east London side. 

Watch the U's take on Orient on Saturday afternoon with a £10 match pass from iFollow. Click HERE to get yours. 

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Programmes are available for Orient's visit, click HERE to get yours. 

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