Played three, lost three, conceded nine, scored one. It hardly makes happy reading for any Orient fan and Martin Ling will know that with two away games in the next four days, the O`s will need to re-discover that magical away form that essentially saw them clinch promotion from League Two.
After a superb performance against Brentford on Saturday, Ling will be more than confident that his side can take on a Bristol City team that has failed to start the season as most had expected. The arrival of Gary Johnson mid-way through last season revitalised the club, but with the sale of David Cotterill to Wigan and the imprisonment of three of its players, the Robins are not currently enjoying the best of times.
City have only lost twice at Ashton Gate in their last fifteen home fixtures and will be confident of extending that run against an O`s side that has performed woefully away from home thus far. The Orient faithful will be hoping that the defence that was so impressive against Brentford will put in another resolute performance as the O`s seek to record their first points away from E10 this season.
Ling On City:
After Saturday`s game with Brentford, Martin Ling is more than confident that his side can cope with City and perhaps even come away with all three points.
“It will be a tough test for the players against a team who will be looking to get a promotion push kick-started in front of a crowd who will generate a good atmosphere. And if, like Saturday, we set our stall out with the mentality of keeping a clean sheet first, I still feel we have the ability in the team to go to the other end and score a goal”.
Bristol City Team News:
Bristol City will be without defender Bradley Orr and forward Paul Brooker as the two are currently serving time in prison having been found guilty of affray.
The Robins will give a late fitness test to Enoch Showunmi as the former Luton striker is in a race against time after suffering a knee injury. Showunmi has already bagged three goals for City this season and Gary Johnson will be hoping he will be fit enough to partner Phil Jevons in attack.
If Showunmi fails to pass his fitness test then City will be left short of options due to injuries and suspensions in addition to the recent sale of David Cotterill to Wigan for £2 million. Jennison Williams is on stand-by should Johnson need him to fill the striker`s role.
Player to watch: Phil Jevons
Phil Jevons will lead the line for the Robins on Tuesday evening and the former Yeovil front man will need no introduction to O`s fans. Jevons, who played under Gary Johnson at Huish Park has scored twice so far this season and will be looking to add to his tally against an O`s defence that has conceded NINE times in just three away games. Although both of his goals have come away from home, Jevons will be looking to score in front of his home fans for the very first time.
Orient should also look out for Lee Johnson and Scott Murray from midfield whilst former West Ham man, David Noble will also provide an attacking threat from the centre of the park.
Leyton Orient Team News:
Orient skipper John Mackie returns after serving his four match suspension. The O`s captain will slot back into central defence with Brian Saah expected to make way despite the youngster`s recent impressive performances.
Shane Tudor is also in contention for a recall after recovering from injury whilst Clayton Fortune could return to face his former club although he will probably have to make do with a place on the bench.
Martin Ling will not want to make too many changes after the Saturday`s performance with Adam Chambers likely to continue in midfield in place of the injured Craig Easton.
Lee Steele has not yet recovered from illness so Paul Connor should start alongside Gary Alexander with Jabo Ibehre on the bench.
Player to watch: Gary Alexander
Gary Alexander`s performance on Saturday was nothing short of superb although the O`s number nine will be having nightmares about his failure to convert his chance when clean through on goal with the O`s still 1-0 up. Having missed several good chances against Tranmere and failed to hit the back of the net against Brentford, surely it is only a matter of time before Alexander gets that bit of luck that seems to have eluded him recently.
Alexander`s work rate and commitment are unquestionable and his efforts in midfield and defence are to be applauded. However, strikers are supposed to score goals and Orient will need him to do that if they are to have any chance of sneaking a result at Ashton Gate.
Match Facts & Stats
This is the 83rd league meeting between the two teams with City winning on 39 occasions to Orient`s 24.
The last time the two met was in the F.A. Cup in 2001 when the O`s managed to carve out a 1-0 win at Ashton gate against their then higher division rivals. Steve Watts got the goal just after the half hour mark with a lob over the City ‘keeper.
The last league meeting at Ashton Gate was in December 1989 when City took all three points courtesy of a 2-1 score line, a game that saw Steve Castle score for Orient.
City are currently in 12th position in League One with 9 points from their opening six fixtures.
The Robins have won two out of their three home games with the only defeat coming at the hands of Blackpool who triumphed 4-2 at Ashton Gate.
Trevor Kettle from Berkshire will be in charge of the game. In his five games so far this season he has produced 14 yellow cards and three reds.
Mr Kettle last officiated an Orient game at the beginning of last season when he refereed Orient`s 3-1 home defeat to Luton Town in the Carling Cup First Round.
Orient have been truly awful away from home this season but Martin Ling knows that he cannot allow this type of form to continue and after a good performance on Saturday, he will know that this game offers the chance for the O`s to take the next step.
If the O`s defence can keep the City forwards at bay for the first half an hour then surely Orient`s confidence will increase and they will be able to express themselves through the flowing football that undid Brentford with ease on numerous occasions on Saturday. The central midfield pairing of Chambers and Simpson will have to provide a shield for the defence whilst also helping to link the play between midfield and attack.
It`s a difficult proposition with few expecting Orient to gain anything from the game but that sense of underestimation may just inspire the O`s to their first victory away from home this season.
Bristol City 3-2 Orient