Date:Friday October 5 2007
Vital Leyton Orient editor Matt Diner answers our questions ahead of tomorrow's game at Brisbane Road.
1. What is your name and how long have you been supporting Leyton Orient?
Matt Diner-15 years a season ticket holder.
2. You currently sit top of League One, what do you think this is down to and how does this excellent start compare to your pre-season expectations?
The team spirit created by Ling is sensational. We have gone behind so often this season and come out winners. He has also made some excellent signings. Tamika Mkadawire is the best centre-half I've seen play for us.
3. Do you think you can continue this form and do well this season, or will the size of your squad affect your progress?
No. It is a matter of time unfortunately. The start has been brilliant but a few injuries will definitely cost us. Mid-table for us about 14th will be a definite improvement.
4. What are your current strengths and weaknesses in your side, and who should we particularly keep an eye on on Saturday?
As stated Tam is a fantastic strong centre-half. Adam Chambers when on form with Sean Thornton are the best in the midfield. Boyd usually plays poorly due to bad service but will score. Can't ask for more though.
5. Ling expects this to be your toughest home test so far, what do you think of the Swans, can we finally gain promotion this season?
Don't see why not. You have the squad that is for sure and definitely the fan base.
6. What are your predictions for the game?
1-1. And i'll be happy with that too.
Thanks to Matt for his answers. We also gave him our views when asked about injuries. Who to look out for? What your away form is like? What you think of your manager? What Orient player are you wary of? What your away support is like and a score prediction:
With regards to injuries, we have two first teamers out Darryl Duffy and Leon Britton. Andy Robinson faces a late fitness test but it I don't think he's worth the risk of starting him. Duffy did that and he's set to spend another week on the sidelines. With Duffy out, Feeney should start again up front with Jason Scotland.
Our away form isn't much worse than our home form. We've won 2 and lost 2. Unlike at home when most teams like to defend against us and put 10 men behind the ball, away we're given more freedom and space to play our style of passing football and thats why we shouldn't do too badly on our travels this season. In fact we've scored 1 goal away even though we've played 1 less game away than at home.
The views were mixed when Martinez was appointed near the end of last season. Some fans wanted an experienced man for the job and were unsure whether Roberto should be a success here. We started brilliantly and made some excellent signings, mostly frees or very cheap signings.
We outplayed Oldham away (although we lost) and also Forest at home and drew. Fans were impressed with our new style of passing football but these good performances soon ended. Lately, a lot of the fans have got on the team's back with constant booing at home and a few players have come out and said about the negative effect it is having on the team. A lot of fans here have short memories and no patience and as soon as things aren't going the way they like, they show their anger and frustration.
This is another factor why our away form is no worse than that at home. We're under far less pressure away and don't have to play through a chorus of boo's and negative comments.
I'll be wary of your striker Adam Boyd tomorrow. He's your top scorer with 5 goals and I think it was excellent signing for you. JJ Melligan is also proved to be an handful for us with his previous clubs so he's another we'll have to deal with.
Our away support is always good and supportive and vocal, unlike that at home. Some fans say how away games are more enjoyable because of the better atmosphere and support our fans give. I think we're expecting to nearly sell out our 1,400 allocation. We sold out 2,500 at Leeds and took 1,130 to Cheltenham on a Tuesday night.
Finally a prediction. After finally getting a win at home this week, I think our confidence will be high again and I'd expect us to at least get a draw which I'd be happy with. Anything else is a bonus for me. 2-2 draw.
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