Search

Justin Edinburgh eyeing defensive improvement from Leyton Orient ahead of Tranmere Rovers fixture

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 February 2018

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh looks on (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh looks on (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

The O’s boss will have a nice selection headache on Saturday with Sam Ling, Alex Lawless and Dan Holman all available

Sam Ling in action for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).Sam Ling in action for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

In-form Tranmere Rovers travel to Brisbane Road this weekend and Leyton Orient boss Justin Edinburgh knows an improvement at the back is required from his squad.

The O’s have won two of their last three games, but conceded seven goals during that period with three shipped in the 3-2 home loss to Aldershot Town on January 27 and another three conceded during a 4-3 win at Dover Athletic last Saturday.

Orient threw away a three-goal advantage at the Crabble Athletic Ground, but made it through to the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy thanks to a stoppage time David Mooney winner.

With Micky Mellon’s Rovers coming to the capital off the back of six wins from their last nine league fixtures, O’s know they must be at their best to win on Saturday.

“It is six goals conceded from our last two Saturdays and if you are going to be successful, and that’s what we want to be, then you can’t allow that to happen,” Edinburgh told BBC London last weekend.

“You are not going to score four every week and there is never a fear we won’t score goals with the quality we have, but the lapses in concentration have hurt us bad.

“I don’t think it is as a unit, it is individual and certainly we can iron that out and we will as we move forward.”

Edinburgh will have another nice selection headache this weekend with two players both available again after sitting out Saturday’s win at Dover.

Alex Lawless is back following a two-match suspension, while Dan Holman can be selected after he was ineligible to play in the FA Trophy last weekend.

Ebou Adams has impressed after filling in for Lawless during the 2-1 win at Halifax Town and Saturday’s cup success.

Meanwhile, forwards Macauley Bonne, Matt Harrold and Mooney all scored last weekend, so it won’t be easy for Edinburgh to decide who plays against Tranmere.

He added: “There are real decisions for me to make and as a manager that is what you want. Competition is really strong now and that is what we need going forward.”

One player unavailable to Orient for the foreseeable future is James Dayton after he suffered a serious hamstring injury during the 3-2 defeat to Aldershot. He is set to miss the rest of the season.

New signing Sam Ling will hope to be involved on Saturday though, after he joined from Dagenham & Redbridge this week.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

10:19

Essex Senior League: Takeley 2 Tower Hamlets 0

Yesterday, 17:05

Ten-man Leyton Orient booked a place in the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium with victory at AFC Telford United on Saturday.

Yesterday, 09:00

The O’s will be without Jay Simpson for the FA Trophy semi-final second leg

Fri, 18:00

Canning Town’s Wadi Camacho will start as a sizeable underdog when he faces Hackney’s Lawrence Okolie, the unbeaten British cruiserweight king, on Saturday.

Fri, 14:00

Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson has heaped praise on player-manager Jamie Cureton for the job he’s doing at Bishop’s Stortford.

Fri, 13:00

Leyton Orient head for Vanarama National League North outfit Telford United for the second leg of their Buildbase FA Trophy semi-final on Saturday.

Fri, 10:00

Leyton Orient remain on course for a historic ‘Non-League Double’ but won’t have it all their own way in Shropshire

Thu, 17:00

British rivals to meet at the Copper Box Arena this weekend

PROMOTED CONTENT

It’s the debate fans across the UK are discussing - so where better to find out more about the iconic burger than behind the scenes in a local McDonald’s restaurant?

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser regular newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists