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PREVIEW: LEYTON ORIENT (A)

4 December 2015

The Iron are back in Emirates FA Cup action on Saturday, travelling to East London to take on Leyton Orient.

Mark Robins’ side beat Southend in the first round to set up the tie against the O’s, who beat Staines Town comprehensively in their game.

The Iron will be hopeful of progressing to the third round stage, with their opponents a league below them following their relegation last season.

Leyton Orient have adjusted well to life in League Two though and find themselves just outside the play-off places after 20 games.

Their cause has been helped by keeping a couple of their experienced players from last campaign, including Dean Cox and Jobi McAnuff.

They could be up against former striker Darius Henderson, who joined the Iron from Orient following his release at the end of the season.



Prolific striker Jay Simpson has already proved that he is one of the deadliest strikers in League Two, netting 15 times already.

He tops the League’s scoring charts and keeping him fit will be the key to Leyton Orient’s chances of an automatic return to League One.

Simpson started his career at Arsenal, but struggled to make an impact at the Premier League giants and went on loan in search of regular football.

He had spells at Millwall and West Bromwich Albion, but his best loan spell came at Queens Park Rangers, scoring 13 times in 42 games.

That helped him secure a permanent move to Championship side Hull for around £1m, enjoying three years with the club.

After his release from Hull in 2013, Simpson played for Buriram United in Thailand for a season, but he left by mutual consent after a year.

This led to Leyton Orient signing him, but he was unable to prevent the team’s relegation last season and will hope they can bounce straight back this campaign.



The Iron enjoyed an emphatic victory on their last trip to East London, defeating Leyton Orient 4-1 in last year’s encounter.

Liam O’Neil put United ahead after just 13 minutes, with Gary McSheffrey putting the Iron 2-0 up just before the half hour mark.

Four minutes after the half-time interval, the Iron had pretty much sealed their victory as Tom Hopper slid home from close range.

Future Scunthorpe striker Darius Henderson did pull one back from the penalty spot for Orient, with the striker adjudged to have been fouled.

It proved to be no more than a consolation though as Hopper latched onto a brilliant pass to add a fourth and seal a convincing victory. 



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