Preview: Leyton Orient v Brentford
O’s boss Russell Slade will be looking for some home comforts during the next few days
ORIENT manager Russell Slade has the chance to turn the club’s season around in the space of the next few days.
O’s dropped to the foot of the table on Tuesday night when Dagenham & Redbridge climbed above them, but the boys from the Matchroom have an excellent opportunity to pick up points with back-to-back home matches.
Tomorrow night (Friday) Orient entertain London rivals Brentford and then on Tuesday host Walsall.
Like the O’s, neither club have made the best of starts in the league. Brentford are 19th and the Sadlers 18th and both have just six points.
If Orient can win both matches it would shoot them up the table before the gloom descends on Brisbane Road and Slade is likely to have a virtually fully-fit squad for the two key games.
Striker Scott McGleish, who missed the trip to Notts County with a neck problem, should be available, along with Terrell Forbes, who was also missing on Saturday with a thigh injury.
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“We are expecting both of them to train on Thursday,” said the O’s boss yesterday.
“We understand the importance of these two games. A couple of positive results would make the world of difference to our league position. We’re working hard on the training ground to make sure we have the best possible chance.”
The most frustrating thing for the O’s boss is that despite a difficult start, Orient have turned in some good performances and deserve more than the four points they have on the board.
Few could argue they should have taken something from Saturday’s clash at Notts County. O’s wiped out an early two-goal deficit and chould have gone on to win the game.
Skipper Stephen Dawson missed a great chance to fire O’s into a 3-2 lead, before Notts County grabbed a late winner.
After the match Slade said: “That’s the sixth out of seven managers we’ve come up against this season who said afterwards that we haven’t deserved that.
“If you’ve come to the game as a neutral you’d have seen a really entertaining game and a good advertisement for this league, but that’s no comfort for us not getting any points.”
O’s have played a part in their own downfall by conceding early goals. Against Daggers and Huddersfield, they were behind in the opening 10 minutes and at Notts County, they were two down in 21 minutes.
Slade acknowledged: “At the moment we have to score three goals to win a football match and there lies our problem.
“We are scoring goals, which is a positive, but we are conceding too many.”
Hopefully, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Slade was forced to use five different left-backs in the opening six games, but Charlie Daniels returned last weekend and Forbes should also be back tomorrow to strengthen the rearguard and keep a close check on ex-O’s skipper Gary Alexander, who joined the Brentford earlier in the season from Millwall.
Slade watched the Bees overcome Premier League Everton in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night and there will be added bite to the clash as Brentford manager Andy Scott ended his playing career at the O’s, while Nicky Adams, who had such an impressive loan spell at Orient last season, has joined the Griffin Park side from Leicester City.