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Team News: Leyton Orient vs Havant & Waterlooville

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 October 2018

Referee Adrian Quelch sends off Leyton Orient left-back Joe Widdowson (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Referee Adrian Quelch sends off Leyton Orient left-back Joe Widdowson (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Joe Widdowson will serve the second match of his three game ban

Leyton Orient will continue to be without left-back Joe Widdowson when Havant & Waterlooville visit in the National League today.

The experienced defender was sent off during the 0-0 draw with Hartlepool United on October 13 and missed the 2-0 loss at Maidstone United in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup last weekend.

Widdowson had been an ever-present before his red card and without him in Kent, O’s boss Justin Edinburgh tried a 5-3-2 formation with James Brophy playing as a wing-back on the left side.

It is hard to say if the move was a success or not given Orient changed shape early in the second period, but it seems likely they will revert back to their usual formation of a 4-4-2.

Given Myles Judd’s form, he should remain as right-back and Edinburgh will have to decide whether he plays Sam Ling out of position on the left side of defence or if he looks to play one of Brophy, Dan Happe or George Elokobi there.

Aside from left-back, the rest of the positions essentially pick themselves and talented teenager Josh Koroma should partner Macauley Bonne up front today.

The duo formed a lethal partnership during the first two months of the season, but an injury to Koroma saw James Alabi get a chance.

While Alabi netted in the win at Maidenhead United, Bonne seems to flourish more with Koroma and it would be a surprise if the usual starting attacking pair did not renew acquaintances again up front this afternoon.


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