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Match Preview: Leyton Orient vs Macclesfield Town

8 February 2020

The Silkmen make the journey south to the capital as we prepare to take on Leyton Orient at the Breyer Group Stadium in Sky Bet League Two action.

This afternoon’s game marks our tenth visit to Leyton Orient; with our last visit coming in the memorable 2017/18 National League campaign, with Scott Wilson scoring the winner.

You can read more about that match here.

Last Time Out

The reverse fixture was played back in August 2019, with Sol Campbell overseeing a comfortable 3-0 victory in our first home match of the season.

Theo Archibald opened his Silkmen account with a memorable strike, before Emmanuel Osadebe and Theo Vassell capped off a memorable afternoon.

For more on that game, including full match highlights, click here.

Recent Form

Orient come into the game on the back of a convincing 3-0 victory away at struggling Stevenage, with Ruel Sotiriou scoring either side of an Ousseynou Cisse goal.

Their last home game also ended in victory as the O's secured a 2-1 victory against promotion chasing Newport County at the backend of January.

A home draw against Northampton Town and away defeats against Port Vale and Crewe round out an inconsistent spell of form for Orient; who find themselves in eighteenth position in the Sky Bet League Two standings as a result of accumulating 34 points from their 31 matches.

Ones to Watch

Josh Wright has been Orient’s most important player this season, scoring eight goals and adding a further four assists from his central midfield base.

Having joined from Bradford City in August 2019, the 30-year-old boasts a plethora of EFL experience and is currently in his second spell at Orient after a stint at the club during the 2014/15 campaign.

Jordan Maguire-Drew has also been crucial to Orient’s survival bid this season, with the winger scoring six goals and contributing three assists in his 24 league outings to date.

View from The Dugouts

Mark Kennedy had this to say when speaking to Silkmen TV ahead of the game:

"I'm looking forward to it, we are excited," he said.

"A big plus for us is that the transfer window is closed so we have finally settled down.

"We have managed to get a couple of players out and a couple of players in.

"For the first time since I've been here we have actually had time on the grass, so we have had a really good week and we are looking forward to continuing that into tomorrow."

You can watch  his full pre-match interview here:

 

Meanwhile, opposition Head Coach Ross Embleton was pleased with the shape of his squad going into this afternoon's game, having made a number of additions during the January window:

"It's taken us a little bit longer than we wanted it to, obviously we got Lawrence done quickly, Cisse not long after him and the same with George Marsh," Embleton said.

"I think what we've now managed to do is create competition for places and once these boys come back we've got a packed and healthy squad."

 

For more on this afternoon’s opponents, you can find more of our pre-match offering below:

The complete history of our trips to Leyton Orient

Away Day Blues

Played for Both

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Match Reports

Match Report: Leyton Orient 1-1 Macclesfield Town

8 February 2020

Jacob Blyth's late goal rescued a point for the Silkmen in a dramatic finale at The Breyer Group Stadium.

Leyton Orient took the lead through James Brophy with fifteen minutes to play, and the hosts looked set to see the game out before Blyth's late strike.

Orient controlled the ball for large periods, but struggled to create the openings required to test Silkmen stopper Jonathan Mitchell for much of the game.

Orient started brightly and Mitchell was called into action in the opening minutes to deny Conor Wilkinson with a smart save.

Macc responded through Arthur Gnahoua, whose running and skillful play troubled the O's backline for much of the game, but Arthur's early cross was cleared with Joe Ironside waiting to pounce.

The Silkmen continued to push for the opener when Orient conceded posession, and Harry Hamblin curled the ball into the feet of Joe Ironside on the half hour mark, but Joe couldn't bring the ball under his spell and Vigouroux rushed out of his goal to claim it.

Orient continued to hold possession for much of the first period, but Jordan Maguire-Drew's long range effort after an extended period of possession for the hosts demonstrated how difficult they were finding it to pick holes in the Macc backline.

The Silkmen took the game to Orient at the beginning of the second half, with Shilow Tracey in particular impressing down the right side on his debut.

Shilow beat his man on a number of occasions before creating openings for the Silkmen with his range of passing, but he would be replaced on the hour mark after going down following a block on James Brophy's cross.

Macc created the game's best opening moments later, as Shilow's replacement, Theo Archibald, played a fantastic reverse pass through to Joe Ironside who couldn't generate the power necessary to beat Vigouroux.

The hosts then took the lead as the game ticked into its final stages as James Brophy escaped Corey O'Keeffe before lashing a powerful effort past Jonathan Mitchell.

This lead to a series of time wasting efforts from the hosts, which proved detrimental as substitute Jacob Blyth came off the bench to grab his first goal for the club, and in doing so nick a point for Macc.

Orient would have one final chance to steal victory late on, but Danny Johnson struck wide after being afforded an inch of space inside the Silkmen area.

 

Macclesfield Town

1. Jonathan Mitchell

5. Fiacre Kelleher

6. Harry Hamblin

7. Arthur Gnahoua

9. Joe Ironside (Donovan Wilson, 70')

14. Connor Kirby (Jacob Blyth, 83')

15. Fraser Horsfall

16. Corey O'Keeffe

19. Danny Whitehead

22. Shilow Tracey (Theo Archibald, 59')

23. David Fitzpatrick

 

Unused Substitutes: Ben Stephens, Michael Rose, Nathan Cameron.

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Ticket News

Discounted Orient Tickets On Sale Until Noon Today

7 February 2020

Macclesfield Town head down to East London tomorrow afternoon, as we take on Leyton Orient at The Breyer Group Stadium.
 
Tickets for the fixture are available from our the Moss Rose Ticket Office now, priced at the following -
Category Advance Matchday
Adults £20.00 £22.00
Seniors (65 and over) £18.00 £20.00
18 - 24 years* (Advance Only) £12.00  
Under 18s £1.00 £1.00
* This advance category also applied to students, unemployed supporters and current employees of the armed forces or emergency services.
 
Disabled supporters are charged at the appropriate rate as above and are entitled to a free ticket for their personal assistant if needed. 
 
Tickets wil go off sale at noon today
 

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