Swindon v Leyton Orient Match Preview

12 Apr

Jason Demetriou is eligible to return to the team after serving his one match ban. The Cyprus international is likely to take the place of JJ Melligan. Adam Boyd could be considered for a place in the starting line-up for Scott McGleish, who was left on the bench for much of last Tuesdays pulsating draw against Leeds.

Danger man for the Robins is undoubtedly Simon Cox, who has a habit of scoring hat-tricks AWAY from the County Ground, so we should be all right tomorrow (JOKE – but I hope so)
Craig Easton came on as sub in the last minute at the Withdean Stadium for his first appearance since January, so may feature at some point on Monday.

Orient LAST SIX – Won 4 Draw 1 Lost 1 For 8 Against 5
Stockport (a) 1-0
Walsall (h) 0-1
Oldham (h) 2-1
Cheltenham (a) 1-0
Leeds (h) 2-2
Colchester (h) 2-1

Swindon LAST SIX Won 4 Draw 1 Lost 1 For 13 Against 6
Southend (h) 3-0
Hereford (h) 3-0
Northampton (a) 4-3
Yeovil (a) 0-1
Crewe (h) 0-0
Brighton (a) 3-2

In the fixture at Brisbane Road on Boxing Day, Swindon surprised everyone by announcing David Byrne as manager on the morning of the match, putting an end to speculation that Martin Ling would jump ship and return to manage his old club. And on the pitch, Swindon triumphed 2-1 to heap more pressure on Ling, opening the scoring in the very first minute.
In the end, Ling and Dean Smith lasted just one more month as the helm and was relieved of his duties after another home defeat to Bristol Rovers.
Since coming in, Williams has guided the O’s to 8 victories in 13 games, compared to 5 wins under Ling in 5 months.

With 48 points, Swindon are currently six points clear of the drop-zone, helped by recent crucial away wins at Northampton and Brighton condemning those two teams to a place in the bottom four.

With a home record of W4 D1 L2 and an away record of W 4 D 1 L1 under Geraint, I’m going to make myself unpopular by suggesting Swindon will nick a high scoring game as the recent fixture list takes it toll on both teams.

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