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Team News: Dagenham & Redbridge vs Leyton Orient

PUBLISHED: 10:30 14 October 2017

Mark Ellis wins the ball in the air for Leyton Orient against AFC Fylde (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Mark Ellis wins the ball in the air for Leyton Orient against AFC Fylde (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The O’s will be without James Brophy and Mark Ellis for east London derby

Steve Davis will be forced to make at least two changes to the Leyton Orient team which drew 2-2 at Barrow last weekend for the trip to Dagenham & Redbridge later this afternoon.

The O’s make the short journey to Victoria Road to take part in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for only the third time in their history.

Orient will be desperate to end their seven-match run without a victory, which has seen them pick up just two points out of a possible 21 in the National League since beating Guiseley 4-1 on September 2.

Davis will have to do so without Swindon Town loanee James Brophy and Mark Ellis, of Carlisle United, due to both being ineligible to feature in the FA Cup.

Ellis broke his nose last Saturday during the draw at Barrow, so may have missed today’s encounter anyway.

With Brophy unavailable, Davis made revert to his usual preference of a back four after using wing-backs - to mixed effect - against the Bluebirds.

If that is the case, Joe Widdowson, after being part of the back three on Saturday, will return to the left-back position.

Jake Caprice appears likely to remain on the right side of the defence, although does have competition from Myles Judd, who made his first appearance of the season at Barrow.

Jamie Sendles-White is set to continue at centre back and may be joined by Dan Happe in the heart of Orient’s defence.

Elsewhere, O’s will hope to have Matt Harrold available again after he missed the 2-2 draw due to a calf problem.

Midfielder Zain Westbrooke moved to Orient this week on a three-month loan from Championship side Brentford and will hope to make his debut at Dagenham.

Davis may also ponder whether to give goalkeeper Charlie Grainger a break and allow Sam Sargeant to show what he can do at Victoria Road.

No matter what team the former Crewe Alexandra boss picks, he will hope they can earn a win and end their barren run of form

Orient are still without first-team captain Charlie Lee (ACL), George Elokobi (hamstring), Josh Coulson (groin), but Davis will hope his starting XI at Dagenham is good enough to send O’s through and into the hat for Monday’s first round draw.

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