Team News: Stevenage vs Leyton Orient

PUBLISHED: 16:30 28 February 2017

Leyton Orient midfielder Sammy Moore in action at Portsmouth last month (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient midfielder Sammy Moore in action at Portsmouth last month (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Sammy Moore deserves a chance for O’s at Broadhall Way

Leyton Orient travel to Stevenage tonight to face a team that has won five of their last six games in League Two to close within a point of the play-off positions.

The O’s, meanwhile, are 23rd after losing back-to-back matches against relegation rivals Notts County and Cheltenham Town.

Saturday’s reverse to the Robins occurred after a disappointing second half showing where Orient struggled in midfield.

Michael Collins battled hard, but he wasn’t supported well enough by Nigel Atangana and that is why Sammy Moore deserves a starting berth this evening.

Moore hasn’t featured for Orient since the 2-1 loss to Carlisle United on February 4, but should get the nod tonight.

The ex-AFC Wimbledon midfielder didn’t disappoint after coming back from Dover Athletic in January.

On Moore’s return at Portsmouth, he provided an energetic display and helped Orient retain possession well.

The O’s will take on a Stevenage side full of confidence this evening and winning the battle in midfield is key.

With Liam Kelly still suspended and Atangana’s form very patchy, Moore deserves a chance at Broadhall Way and won’t let Orient down.

Young defender Michael Clark could also make his full debut with Teddy Mezague likely to drop to the bench.

Club captain Nicky Hunt will return and could slot in at centre back with Myles Judd continuing at full-back.

Tom Parkes and Yvan Erichot are absent due to injury with the former struggling with bad bruising to his hip.

Orient will be without loan striker Rowan Liburd too because he is unable to face his parent club.

It means Victor Adeboyejo could be part of the match day squad again, especially as Paul McCallum is not 100 per cent fit.

Captain Robbie Weir remains unavailable as he continues to recover after suffering from anterior cruciate ligament damage to his knee.

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