Date: 18th September 2015 at 12:55am
Written by:

Wycombe Wanderers travel to Leyton Orient on Saturday for their 8th league game of the season.

The Chairboys’ unbeaten record came to an end at the weekend when Plymouth Argyle won 2-1 in a closely fought encounter at Adams Park.

The Pilgrims were clearly a strong side, but on the balance of play Wycombe should have taken something from the game.

Sadly, a combination of uncharacteristically sloppy defending, wasted chances and sheer bad luck conspired to send the Devon side home with all three points and a small measure of revenge for their play-off defeat just a few months ago.

All three goals came from set-plays, but whereas Jason Banton lashed one home for Wanderers, Argyle’s goals were disappointingly soft, the first deflecting off a Wycombe defender and the second cannoning off a prostrate attacker who knew nothing about it whatsoever.

At the other end, Luke O’Nien and Garry Thompson both hit the woodwork, new-boy Gozie Ugwu missed two great chances, and Aaron Pierre and Jason Banton each squandered an opportunity to bag a second goal for the hosts.

It was one of those days, but despite the result, it was an entertaining game against a fellow promotion contender and it could have gone either way. Another positive was the performance of Sido Jombati and Marcus Bean who were both outstanding.

It was a defeat that dropped Wycombe to 4th in the table, two points behind league-leaders and Saturday’s opponents Orient.

Last season the Blues lost only 8 league games but suffered consecutive defeats on two separate occasions, a scenario manager Gareth Ainsworth will be keen to avoid, but a tough challenge at Brisbane Road where the O’s have a 100% home record without conceding a single goal.

On the other hand, Wanderers are yet to concede a goal on their travels and boast the best away-record in the division with two wins and a draw.

Ainsworth keeps injury news close to his chest, so we don’t know when Sam Wood is likely to return, but we do know Anthony Stewart is out until Christmas, while Paul Hayes continues to nurse an achilles problem and must be considered doubtful.


Leyton Orient claimed a share of the spoils after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium last weekend.

The O’s will be relatively pleased with their response having gone into the game on the back of a 4-0 thumping away at Exeter City the previous weekend.

Four days prior to the defeat in Exeter, the O`s lost 2-1 at Luton in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy so they go into Saturday’s game against the Chairboys without a victory in their last three outings.

Nevertheless, they have won five, drawn one and lost one of their opening seven league games this season and remain a point clear at the top of the League Two table.

Manager Ian Hendon made three changes to his starting line-up last time out with first choice goalkeeper Alex Cisak recalled between the sticks after returning from international duty with Australia.

Midfielder Jack Payne was handed his full league debut after joining on a season-long loan from Peterborough United whilst defender Frazer Shaw was recalled at left-back.

The trio replaced teenage goalkeeper Charlie Grainger, defender Alan Dunne and midfield-playmaker Dean Cox, who all dropped to the bench with the latter having missed training due to fatigue towards the end of last week.

Midfielder Sam Ling was left out of the 18-man squad despite being available after recovering from tonsillitis. Hendon has no new injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Chairboys and is unlikely to make any changes.

Midfielder Jobi McAnuff has been reintegrated into the squad after his expected move in the transfer window failed to materialise and he could make the bench.


Here are some early season stats?


Orient’s Home Record…..W 3 – D 0 – L 0 – Pts 9…Ppg 3.00 (Rank-1)

Wycombe Away Record…W 2 – D 1 – L 0 – Pts 7…Ppg 2.33 (Rank-1)


League positions & comparison with last season

Orient (9 points better off – 1 division lower)

After 7 games this season the O’s are top of Lg2 with 16 points

After 7 games last season they were 19th in Lg1 with 7 points


Wycombe (level with last season)

After 7 games this season the Chairboys are 4th with 14 points

After 7 games last season they were 4th with 14 points


Orient’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Newport (A)…………..Won 3-2

Lg2: Bristol Rovers (H)……Won 2-0

FLT: Luton (A)……………….Lost 1-2

Lg2: Exeter (A)……………..Lost 0-4

Lg2: Cambridge (A)………Drew 1-1


Wycombe’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Morecambe (A)……….Won 1-0

Lg2: Dagenham (H)……….Drew 1-1

Lg2: Crawley (A)…………..Drew 0-0

Lg2: Hartlepool (H)…………Won 2-1

Lg2: Plymouth (H)…………..Lost 1-2


Orient Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Simpson……………………….5

James………………………….3 (inc 3 pens)

McCallum……………………..3

Cox…………………………….2

Palmer…………………………1

Turgott…………………………1

Own Goal……………………..1


Wycombe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Michael Harriman…………….2

Aaron Pierre…………………..2

Garry Thompson……………..2 (inc 1 pen)

Aaron Amadi-Holloway………1

Jason Banton…………………..1

Anthony Stewart………………1

Own Goal……………………….1


Wycombe Assists – (All Competitions)

Joe Jacobson…………………..2

Michael Harriman……………..1

Paul Hayes……………………..1

Aaron Pierre……………………1

Garry Thompson………………1


Orient Goal Stats (9 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)……….Lg: 14…Cups: 2…Total: 16

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 8…..Cups: 4…Total: 12

Goals Scored (Home)………Lg: 7…..Cups: 0…Total: 7

Goals Conceded (Home)…..Lg: 0…..Cups: 0…Total: 0

Clean Sheets…………………Lg: 3…..Cups: 0…Total: 3

Failed to Score……………….Lg: 1…..Cups: 0…Total: 1


Wycombe Goal Stats (8 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 10…Cups: 0…Total: 10

Goals Conceded (Total)…….Lg: 4…..Cups: 1…Total: 5

Goals Scored (Away)……….Lg: 3…..Cups: 0…Total: 3

Goals Conceded (Away)……Lg: 0…..Cups: 0…Total: 0

Clean Sheets………………….Lg: 4…..Cups: 0…Total: 4

Failed to Score………………..Lg: 1…..Cups: 1…Total: 2


Wycombe – miscellaneous stats

Shots on-target (for)………..Lg: 27…Cups: 1…Total: 28

Shots on-target (against)…..Lg: 27…Cups: 2…Total: 29

Shots off-target (for)………..Lg: 55…Cups: 7…Total: 62

Shots off-target (against)…..Lg: 46…Cups: 6…Total: 52

Corners (for)…………………..Lg: 40…Cups: 1…Total: 41

Corners (against)……………..Lg: 33…Cups: 2…Total: 35

Average possession (for)………..Lg: 50.43%…Cups: 47%

Average possession (against)…..Lg: 49.57%…Cups: 53%


Discipline – (All Competitions)

Orient…………..0 Red Cards – 15 Yellow Cards

Wycombe………0 Red Cards – 17 Yellow Cards

Marcus Bean………………3 yellow

Michael Harriman…………3 yellow

Aaron Pierre……………….2 yellow

Jason Banton………………1 yellow

Matt Ingram……………….1 yellow

Joe Jacobson………………1 yellow

Sido Jombati……………….1 yellow

Stephen McGinn…………..1 yellow

Luke O’Nien………………..1 yellow

Danny Rowe……………….1 yellow

Anthony Stewart………….1 yellow

Garry Thompson………….1 yellow


Orient’s league record last season

Home….W:5…..D:6…..L:12…GF:30 – GA:34 – Pts:21

Away…..W:7…..D:7…..L:9…..GF:29 – GA:35 – Pts:28

Total…..W:12….D:13…L:21…GF:59 – GA:69 – Pts:49

Final position: 23rd in League One


Wycombe’s League record last season

Home…..W:10…D:7….L:6…GF:30 – GA:25 – Pts:37

Away…..W:13….D:8….L:2…GF:37 – GA:20 – Pts:47

Total……W:23…D:15…L:8…GF:67 – GA:45 – Pts:84

Final position: 4th in League Two


Previous Meetings

In 15 previous meetings there have been 11 wins for Wycombe, 4 for Orient and 0 draws.

At Brisbane Road the tally is 5 wins for the Chairboys, 3 for the O’s and 0 draws.

1993/94 LCp: Orient 0 Wycombe 2

1994/95 LG1: Orient 0 Wycombe 1

1995/96 LCp: Orient 2 Wycombe 0

2000/01 FLT: Orient 0 Wycombe 2

2004/05 LG2: Orient 1 Wycombe 2

2005/06 LG2: Orient 1 Wycombe 0

2009/10 LG1: Orient 2 Wycombe 0

2011/12 LG1: Orient 1 Wycombe 3


The Man In The Middle

Saturday’s referee is James Linington from Newport, Isle of Wight who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2008. His last Wycombe game was a 1-1 draw at home to Exeter City in November 2013.

During the 2014/15 campaign he issued 10 red and 107 yellow cards in 38 games. So far this season he’s issued 2 red and 17 yellow cards in 7 outings.


Prediction

Orient 2 Wycombe 1