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Match Preview: Stevenage vs Leyton Orient

23 October 2020

Jim Steele
Former Orient player Romain Vincelot in action for Stevenage

Boro come into this fixture off the back of midweek defeat, losing 1-0 to joint table toppers, Newport County...

Stevenage have had an awkward run of fixtures in October but Alex Revell’s side will be looking to bounce back with a good result against Saturday’s visitors, Leyton Orient.

The O’s have had a mixed start to the season, picking up their second win of the campaign on Tuesday, beating recently relegated Tranmere Rovers 1-0. Prior to Tuesday’s result, Orient were winless in five league games and with the teams separated by two places, the game lt. For more on Leyton Orient this season, read A View from the Press Box.

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The Stevenage squad is looking in good shape with very few injury issues to report on. Charlie Carter and Arthur Iontton have both returned to training, meaning Alex Revell has an almost fully-fit squad to select from.

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  • Referee: Darren Drysdale
  • Assistant Referee 1: Nicholas Cooper
  • Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Butler
  • Fourth Official: James Adcock

For more on Saturday’s officials, please click here.

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Stevenage boss, Alex Revell said, "It will be a tough game, they have had an ok start. They have a coach that is still learning his trade, he is a top guy and vocal during lockdown in what Stevenage done and I have a lot of time for Ross and what he is doing at Leyton Orient.

"We have to focus on us and our attributes, strengths, spirit and make sure when we turn up on Saturday, we play with our heart on our sleeve and make sure we give absolutely everything and do not leave any ounce of energy out there, that’s what we ask for and we’ve had that so far."

Orent boss, Ross Embleton said, "It’s a very well-organised team and there is a good mixture of experienced players in there. Obviously, the standout one for any Orient fan would be people like Vincelot, people like Cuthbert, to name just two of them.

"It looks as if Alex has really worked them to be very-well organised and hard to break down. They probably haven’t got off to the run of the results that he would have liked but what their scores do reflect is that they are always in a game."

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Stevenage have a 21% win ratio against Saturday’s visitors, winning just four out of 15 all time meetings. A memorable victory against Leyton Orient came back in March 2017, a 4-1 home win which saw Boro jump into 7th place through goals from Ben Kennedy, Matt Godden, Luke Wilkinson and Tom Pett. For more on our record against the O’s, read A Brief History.

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Stevenage and Orient have a whole host of connections, including both club’s captains.

Scott Cuthbert played for the O’s between 2011 and 2015, making 133 appearances, the most for any club throughout his career. Likewise, Orient skipper Jobi McAnuff played for Stevenage during the 2016/17 season, under former boss Darren Sarll.

Boro boss Alex Revell was an O in 2010/11, a year before joining Rotherham United and three years before doing the dirty on his former team, scoring two memorable League One Play-Off Final goals to help his team to promotion.

Orient’s top goalscorer this season, Danny Johnson had an unremarkable loan spell at Stevenage back in 2015, playing just four games without finding the net.

And finally, Romain Vincelot is still revered at Brisbane Road, after three successful seasons at the club from 2012-2015, before signing for Coventry City for an undisclosed fee.

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