Leyton Orient will be hoping to improve their abysmal home run when relegation threatened Torquay United visit this evening.
The Os have not won at home since a 2-0 win against Dagenham & Redbridge on Boxing Day, a run of six games. Much of that poor form has been blamed on the state of the Brisbane Road pitch, which is unlikely to have been improved by the recent bad weather.
Torquay won the reverse fixture 3-0 back in November but arrive here on the back of three successive league defeats, and Justin Edinburgh’s Orient side will surely sense an opportunity to arrest their slump.
Highlights of the last meeting between the sides https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=papnJtHMy2Y
Edinburgh said he was “pleased” with his players’ “bravery” after they fought back to earn a point in the 1-1 draw with Ebsbfleet on Saturday. Following that result he admitted that a late play-off push was now beyond them, but will know that in a congested bottom half, three points would go a long way to guaranteeing Orient’s National League status.
“We want to get as many points on the board between now and the end of the season, so we can go into the summer with optimism. With that you’ve got to get results and that’s what we’ve got to do.”
Orient will probably remain without winger Jobi McAnuf, who has been sidelined since early February. His recovery from a deep nerve injury is said to have been encouraging but tonight’s fixture is likely to come too soon.
There was better news on the fitness of George Elokobi however, with Edinburgh confirming that he came through 90 minutes on his return to action at the weekend without any issues.
Visiting manager Gary Owers bemoaned his side’s poor finishing following their 1-0 loss to Maidstone at the weekend and the Gulls have found the net just 32 times in 36 games this season, the second worst record in the division. Top scorer Jamie Read has not found the net since Boxing Day so Torquay will need him to rediscover his shooting boots if he is recalled to the line-up.