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Match Preview: Leyton Orient

6 May 2022

It’s a trip to the capital for the final day of the season as Micky Mellon and his side look to get three points and hope for results elsewhere to go our way as we look to steal into the final play-off spot.

It’s been a whirlwind of a season in Sky Bet League Two which was almost certain to go down to the wire given the number of teams still with things to play for towards the end of the campaign.

But on the final day, three teams battle for the final play-off spot as Rovers continue fighting till the very end.

Rovers will not only need to win, but also need to better Sutton United’s result against Harrogate and hope Swindon Town lose away at Walsall to stand a chance of claiming 7th spot.

Leyton Orient will be looking to spoil Tranmere’s day and achieve themselves a top-half finish as they currently sit 13th in Sky Bet League Two.

Team News:

With the exception of Nat Knight-Percival, Micky Mellon has a fully fit squad to chose from for this fixture.

One to Watch: Aaron Drinan

Having come through the ranks over in Ireland with the likes of Cobh Ramblers and Cork City, Drinan made the move overseas to England in 2018 to join Ipswich Town.

He was sent out on loan a number of times whilst contracted at Portman Road before leaving the Tractor Boys permanently in 2021 to join Leyton Orient.

Drinan is the club’s top scorer in his first season with the O’s, scoring 16, one ahead of fellow striker Harry Smith.

The pair have worked well together in League Two this season and will be a force to be reckoned with next year in a first full year under Ritchie Wellens.

Manager: Ritchie Wellens

After being appointed in March, Wellens did well to steer Orient well clear of any relegation troubles after the sacking of Kenny Jacket. 

Wellens had a successful playing career, after coming through the youth ranks at Manchester United before featuring for several clubs including making nearly 200 appearances for Blackpool and over 100 for Leicester City.

Since moving in management, Wellens took charge of Oldham for a year before moving onto Swindon Town. In the 2019/20 season, Wellens saw his Swindon side named League Two champions based on PPG since the season was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wellens then had more success as he moved to Salford City where he won the delayed 2020 EFL Trophy final in a penalty shootout win over Portsmouth but would then lose his job just nine days later.

After being sacked by now relegated Doncaster Rovers, in December, Wellens wasn’t out of work for too long after picking up the Orient job and doing a fairly decent job as he will look to build on the foundations from this year which saw them completely avoid any relegation battle.

Match Coverage:

Both UK and International supporters can listen live on iFollow! You can get your audio pass by clicking here.

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

Facebook: @trfcofficial 

Instagram: @tranmererovers 

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


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