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Easter Part 1 - Crawley (A)

Crawley Town
vs.
Leyton Orient

Checkatrade.com Stadium

Friday 18th April 2014

15:00

Having returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion last Saturday, Leyton Orient travel to Crawley Town for their first of two matches over the Easter weekend.

The O's produced an excellent attacking display last time out when they defeated Gillingham 5-1, but will have to produce another commanding display if they are to win at Crawley on Friday.

John Gregory's men are currently 12th in League 1 have proven to be a real force at home, where they defeated league leaders Wolves last month.

The Red Devils have won three of their previous five matches and won 2-0 at MK Dons last Saturday before winning by the same scoreline at home to Tranmere on Tuesday night.

Orient will be looking to get some revenge against opponents, after Crawley defeated the O`s 3-2 at Brisbane Road back in December.

Following Brentford`s loss at Swindon, the O`s are only seven points behind the Bees in third place with 12 points left to play for. Their chances may be slim, but could Orient conjure up one last push for an automatic promotion spot?

VitalOrient previews the O`s latest fixture.

Crawley Town Team News:

The hosts will be without defender Paul Connolly who has been given a 5 match suspension by the FA following an incident with a fan in their match against Brentford.

Crawley will also be without Billy Clarke who has a broken hand and could miss the rest of the season.

Swansea loanee Gwoin Edwards could make his first start after he scored on his debut against Tranmere after coming on as a substitute.

Player to watch: Andy Drury

Leyton Orient will have to keep an eye on Andy Drury in the Crawley midfield if they are to keep the hosts chances to a minimum.

Drury has only missed three league fixtures for The Red Devils this season and has the eye for a killer pass with ten assists this season.

The 30 year-old was also on the scoresheet when Crawley defeated the O`s back in December.

Leyton Orient Team News:

Russell Slade is expected to name the same starting 11 that defeated Gillingham last week but could opt to make some changes ahead of Mondays match against Wolves.

Chris Dagnall could replace Kevin Lisbie in attack whilst Lloyd James could return in midfield after both players started on the bench against Gillingham.

Marvin Bartley remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and is the O`s only injury concern.

Player to watch: David Mooney

The Irishman produced a brilliant performance against Gillingham as he scored a brace to take his tally for the season to 20 goals in all competitions.

The striker wasted little time to set another challenge however, as he now hopes to reach 20 league goals.

Mooney currently has 18 league goals to his name and with four matches remaining, Friday`s trip to Crawley will provide him with a platform to reach the target.

Match Facts & Stats

Leyton Orient are yet to defeat Crawley, losing each of the three previous matches.

David Mooney could become the fist Orient player to score 20 league goals since 1978.

Ref Watch:

The referee for the match will be Mick Russell.

Next Fixtures:

Crawley Town:
Notts County (A) April 21; Bradford (A) April 26; Carlisle (H) April 29

Leyton Orient:
Wolves (H) April 21; Tranmere (H) April 26; MK Dons (A) May 3


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Writer:Vital O
Date:Thursday April 17 2014
Time: 5:19PM

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