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London derby for Leyton Orient in English Football League Cup as Fulham visit Brisbane Road

PUBLISHED: 13:22 22 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:22 22 June 2016

Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road (pic: Play With A Legend).

Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road (pic: Play With A Legend).

Mathew Parri Thomas 2016

Andy Hessenthaler’s first competitive home fixture will be against the Championship outfit on the week commencing August 8

Leyton Orient will host Championship outfit Fulham in the first round of the English Football League Cup after the draw was made this afternoon.

The match will take place on the week commencing August 8 and will be the O’s first of the campaign at Brisbane Road.

Fulham and Orient haven’t played each other for over 10 years when they were drawn in the third round of the FA Cup.

The O’s shocked the west Londoners 2-1 at Craven Cottage that day with Craig Easton and Joe Keith on target.

Andy Hessenthaler’s main focus for the season will be on achieving promotion from League Two, but he’ll be pleased to have a home fixture in the cup and one which proves the club an opportunity to test themselves against a Championship team.

Last week the east Londoners confirmed Martin Brennan was their new goalkeeper coach and he’ll be looking forward to the draw.

He has spent the last four years at Craven Cottage working with the under-21s and first team before moving to Brisbane Road.

Orient conceded twice in stoppage time in the first round of the competition last year at MK Dons to suffer a 2-1 reverse.

Dean Cox’s cross was deflected into his own net by Dean Lewington in the first half as O’s looked assured against the then-Championship club.

But a late own-goal from Mathieu Baudry and a Carl Baker effort resulted in the east Londoners exiting the competition.

It was an encouraging display and Hessenthaler will hope his team can achieve something similar and potentially cause an upset this time around.


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