Orient vs Swansea City
6th October 2007
After a morale and confidence boosting win in midweek, Roberto Martinez and his side now travel to Leyton Orient and a win would put them 2 points within the League leaders.
The jack army look set to continue their consistent and excellent away support and should be close to selling out their 1,400 allocation at Brisbane Road.
|'Leyton Orient have been the surprise of the season so far, but without doubt they have what it takes to stay up there.They are as solid as you need to be to do well thanks to a lot of hard work from the manager.|
'He has created a group of players who know the division well and he has made some very good signings, like Adam Boyd up front, to increase their quality.
'Martin Ling has built a tough side to play against, although in fairness they try to impose themselves on teams, too, so it should be an open game.
'It's one of those places where every visiting team is going to get a hard test this season and I see Orient as a top-six side.'
Leyton Orient manager, Martin Ling:
|'Make no mistake, I'm sure Swansea and Leeds will be top-six sides,' |
'Throw Nottingham Forest into the equation and those clubs are the three big spenders in this league.
'Our next two games will show us just what we've got to do to stay in the shake-up.'
Leyton Orient Team News:
Martin Ling may turn to striker Jabo Ibehre for a start after he impressed in the midweek 3-1 defeat at Gillingham. He came off the bench to score and he may be given a deserved starting place up front.
Ling is also hoping he'll have captain Stephen Purches available again. He's only played 3 games this season because of injury.
Clayton Fortune is still out with a dislocated shoulder and Raphael Sylvester is still a fortnight away from returning with a hamstring injury.
Player to watch: Adam Boyd
As I expected, Boyd has proved to be an excellent signing and is their top scorer this season with 5 goals.
Swansea City Team News:
Warren Feeney should start again after Duffy suffered a recurrence of his groin strain on Tuesday night. Britton is still injured but Robinson could feature as he faces a late fitness test. After Duffy made an early return and suffered a knock, hopefully Martinez won't make the same mistake twice and not risk Robinson in the starting line-up.
Martinez has no other injury worries since Tuesday.
Player to watch: Jason Scotland
Hasn't impressed lately and our top scorer needs to start performing again like he was earlier on in the season. Maybe he'll have better luck away and we need him to start scoring again.
Match Facts & Stats
Last season, Orient failed to score against us, we beat them 1-0 at Brisbane Road while at home we drew 0-0.
Their last victory against us was in League Two in 2005, they beat us 3-1 away. In the last 7 meetings, Swansea have won 4, Orient have won 2 and 1 draw.
Like us, Orient haven't been impressive at home and they played off the park last week by Hartlepool United. They haven't won at home in a month and hopefully we can keep than run going.
Trevor Kettle He's refereed 10 games this season, handing out 36 yellow cards and 2 reds. His last game he refereed for us was in fact against Leyton Orient at the Liberty last season.
Leyton Orient haven't been performing very well at home and hopefully we can take advantage of this. Without the pressure of the fans at home, I think a win is possible but I'll take a draw. 2-2.
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We're away again the following weekend as we travel to Bournemouth on Sunday, that kicks off at 2pm.
We're also in Johnstone's Paint Pot action next week, as Wycombe visit the Liberty Stadium for a 7pm on Tuesday night.