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PREVIEW | Exiles look to return to winning ways against Leyton Orient

19 March 2021

The Cardiff City Stadium again plays host to Newport County AFC this Saturday when they take on Leyton Orient.

The Exiles will be aiming to get back to winning ways after the midweek defeat against Port Vale, while Orient will be looking to extend their unbeaten run.

Here, you can find all the facts and statistics ahead of this Sky Bet League Two fixture...

The opposition - Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient currently have 44 points from 34 games so far this term, putting them in 14th position in the Sky Bet League Two table. The O’s have won 12 of their games, drawn eight and lost 14 times.

Orient started the season with just one win in their first six games, leaving them with just five points. However, three wins in their next four propelled them up the table, where they again won three consecutive matches.

Of late, it’s fair to say that Orient have hit a tough patch of form. Seven matches without a win eventually saw the departure of Ross Embleton, who was replaced by Jobi McAnuff.

Team news

County fans could have an exciting debut to look forward to this weekend after Wales international Joe Ledley joined the Exiles for the remainder of the season.

For Orient, it is looking like they will be without the versatile James Brophy on Saturday. They will also be unable to call on Tristan Abrahams, who will not be able to feature against the Exiles.

One to watch – Danny Johnson

Danny Johnson has been Orient’s shining light this season, pitching in with 18 goals in all competitions this term. 14 of those goals have come in the league, while he has also netted twice in the Carabao Cup and once in the Papa John’s Trophy.

The 27-year-old started the season in impressive form, scoring in each of Orient’s first five matches of the season. Johnson also has a hat-trick to his name this season, with three goals coming at the end of November against Harrogate.

But the Englishman is currently enduring a dry spell in front of goal, with none in his last eight, and will be looking to get back amongst the goals.

Manager – Jobi McAnuff

Jobi McAnuff has taken the reins at Leyton Orient on an interim basis after succeeding Ross Embleton. McAnuff had been working alongside Embleton in a player/coach role.

Since taking over, the 39-year-old has seen his side play out one win, which came in his first match in charge against Grimsby Town, two draws and a defeat.

The former midfielder represented the O’s in two spells, appearing 157 times for the club, and also turned out for Reading and Cardiff City.

Last meeting between the sides

The last meeting between the sides came in December at the Breyer Group Stadium, where Orient ended a six-match winning run for County.

It was the Exiles who went into half-time with the lead after Jamie Proctor opened the scoring in the first-half.

However, Orient fought back with strikes from Danny Johnson and James Brophy to complete the turnaround in Essex.


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