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Match Preview: Leyton Orient (FA Cup)

3 December 2021

After what has been a frustrating seven days for Rovers, we now look towards some Emirates FA Cup action as we face Leyton Orient at the Breyer Group Stadium.

After having the last two games postponed due to damage caused to Prenton Park by storm Arwen, it promises to be a busy period for Micky Mellon’s side who will be itching to go this weekend after missing two matches. 

Orient were defeated on penalties in their last game as they were knocked out of the Papa John’s trophy by MK Dons after Kenny Jackett made a number of changes and played a number of academy graduates.

The London side edged into the second round of the FA Cup back in early November, overcoming a tough and rigid test in the form of National League South side, Ebbsfleet United. Rovers beat league two rivals Crawley in the previous round with Callum McManaman scoring the winner.

Team News:

Tom Davies will need to be assessed ahead of this game after suffering from a stick back during the week. 

One to Watch: Aaron Drinan

Drinan began his career in his Ireland where he featured for a number of sides including Cork City and Waterford.

He then joined Ipswich Town in 2018, and after four loan spells away from the club, he finally broke into the Town side before joining Orient last summer.

Since the move, Drinan has made a very impressive start to his career at the Breyer Group Stadium, scoring ten goals and getting eight assists in 17 games, proving he’ll be a danger should he be selected on Saturday afternoon. 

Manager: Kenny Jackett

A very experienced manager in the Orient dugout, Jackett has managed a number of clubs up and down the EFL throughout his career. 

Born in Watford, Jackett was a one-club man during his playing career, making over 400 appearances for his home-town club.

Since entering football management, Jackett has managed over 500 games and won the Football League Trophy in 2019 with Portsmouth.

Since joining Orient in the summer, he’s made a decent start to life in charge of the O’s, with them currently sitting in 8th and just five points off the automatic places in Sky Bet League Two.

Match Coverage: 

Live commentary is available via iFollow for this fixture with audio passes available by clicking here

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Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.


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