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Leyton Orient Preview

Steve Ball's side preparing for tricky test at Orient

5 February 2021

Steve Ball and Hayden Mullins will once again have had an odd week of preparation, after Tuesday night's game away at Salford was called off fifty minutes ahead of kick-off.

But they will no doubt have the players ready and raring to go for this weekend's clash against Leyton Orient. 

In the last game that the U's contested, they were defeated 1-0 at home by Scunthorpe, after a fifth minute strike from Alfie Beestin that arrowed into the top corner. It was a painful one to take for the U's, not only for the result but also after losing two key players in Ben Stevenson and Dean Gerken early on in that game. 

Following that defeat, there were three key additions to the squad with the returns of Frank Nouble and Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu, along with the loan signing of Josh Doherty after the departure of Cohen Bramall. 

And going into the game at the weekend, Steve Ball is happy with each of his signings, as the U's look to get back to winning ways at Brisbane Road on Saturday afternoon. 

"The minute Frank walked into this place, he found his home. There was always that connection for him to come back." - Steve Ball 

"Brendan came here last season and the team was playing really well, with Pell, Lapslie, Comley and Stevenson, but when he did get time what you did see was a really talented player. His signing is also a really positive one and he's already settled in. 

"Josh has always impressed me, and was one I said about being ready to act if circumstances changed around our players. That happened on the day with Cohen, and we were ready, which was great. Josh is one we have watched closely, he's a starting player and will bring that experience. 

"Obviously the result on Friday night wasn't what we wanted, but we had a really positive meeting over the weekend and an action plan was put in place to make some moves. It is a real brilliant boost for us all."

Colchester United have found success against Leyton Orient over recent years, winning all of the last four games against the O's home and away. 

Earlier this season, Jevani Brown's brace gave the U's a two-goal advantage before a late scare from Ross Embleton's side, but the the U's were able to hold on and win the game 2-1, and Ball's side will be looking to complete the double over the side just down the A12. 

"They are a little bit incosistent, it's a game where we have tended to do well. It's a nice local one, where the players haven't had to travel too far and we will go into it with a fresh impetus with the new signings. 

"We want to get this win back on the board as soon as possible."

Watch the full interview with Steve HERE. 

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