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Preview: Leyton Orient (A)

12 March 2021

The Iron travel to Leyton Orient on Saturday (1pm kick-off), looking to make it three away games without defeat after four points on the road last week.

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13 March 2021

SCENE-SETTER...

United come into the game following a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against promotion-chasing Exeter City in midweek, but the side had taken four points from the Grecians' fellow high-flyers Cambridge United and Salford City in the two games prior.

It means Neil Cox's side have only suffered defeat in three of the last nine games, and they'll be looking for another away success at the home of the O's.

The Iron have won two and drawn one of the last four games on their travels, beating Colchester United and the U's on the road in recent weeks.

A win on Saturday could lift Neil Cox's side up as high as 15th, while a draw or victory will see the Iron break through the 40-point barrier.

TEAM NEWS...

Centre-back Harrison McGahey's scan on Tuesday revealed a thigh problem isn't as bad as first feared, but the club will take caution before putting him back into the side. The former Rochdale man will be assessed before the squad travel to the capital on Friday.

Defender George Taft continues to miss the next two months with an ankle injury, which effectively rules him out for the remainder of the season.

Striker Ryan Loft returned in midweek following a recent thigh problem but came off with an ankle issue and is rated at 50-50 ahead of the game, while centre-back Emmanuel Onariase continues to miss out with a groin problem but is set to return to training on Saturday.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) has had a fresh setback and could miss the rest of the season, while fellow forward Olufela Olomola is back training following a knee injury sustained after coming off the bench against Bolton Wanderers in November, but Cox says he needs to practice match game time to get match fitness up first. He played 80 minutes in a behind-closed-doors game against Doncaster a fortnight back.

Midfielder George Hornshaw and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey are both expected to be out for a couple of months following ankle surgery.

THE OPPOSITION...

Leyton Orient come into the game off the back of a goalless draw at the Breyer Group Stadium against Stevenage in midweek.

That result saw them bounce back from a disappointing 4-0 defeat to the Iron's midweek opponents last Saturday. 

The O's have recently parted company with manager Ross Embleton, with Jobi McAnuff currently in interim charge of the side. He's been in control for their last three games, winning one, drawing one and losing the other.

They sit 14th in the table on 43 points, with a victory against United potentially pushing them up one place. A win for Scunthorpe would see the gap between the two sides closed to just one point.

McAnuff, despite starting the majority of games under Embleton, hasn't put himself in his matchday squad since taking temporary charge of the side. Meanwhile, Danny Johnson is their top goalscorer with 16 goals from his 32 appearances so far this season. Conor Wilkinson is second in those charts with eight strikes in the same number of games, while McAnuff is third with three goals from 33 appearances.

PAST MEETINGS...

We met at the Sands Venue Stadium earlier in the season where the Iron recorded a 2-0 win against the O's.

It was a slow start for United, who could have found themselves a goal behind after just five minutes but for a penalty save from Mark Howard as he denied Danny Johnson. Goals from Ryan Loft and Alfie Beestin secured three points for Scunthorpe on the day.

United also won the last meeting at the Breyer Group Stadium by the same scoreline with Alex Gilliead and Lee Novak scoring spectacular goals in a 2-0 win.

This fixture dates back to over 60 years ago, where the two sides met for the first time on September 13th, 1958, with the match finishing 2-1 to Orient. 

However, it’s the Iron who edge the head-to-head record, having won 22 of the 57 match-ups between them. Across the 57, Orient have emerged winners 16 times, with 19 of the clashes ending in a draw. 

SEASON/DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2020-21 - Sat Dec 5 LG 2 Iron 2-0 Orient Loft, Beestin
2019-20 - Sat Nov 16 LG 2 Orient 0-2 Iron Gilliead, Novak
2015-16 - Tue Dec 15 FACR2 R Iron 3-0 Orient Mvoto og, King, Adelakun
2015-16 - Sat Dec 5 FACR2 Orient 0-0 Iron  
2014-15 - Sat Jan 31 LG 1 Orient 1-4 Iron O'Neil, McSheffrey, Hopper 2
2014-15 - Sat Sep 20 LG 1 Iron 1-2 Orient Sparrow
2012-13 - Fri Mar 29 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Orient Sodje, Canavan
2012-13 - Sat Dec 15 LG 1 Orient 1-3 Iron Ribeiro, Hawley, Mozika
2011-12 - Sat Feb 18 LG 1 Orient 1-3 Iron Walker, Barcham, Parkin
2011-12 - Sat Oct 8 LG 1 Iron 2-3 Orient Barcham 2
2008-09 - Sat Jan 24 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Orient Hayes, Thompson
2008-09 - Sat Oct 4 LG 1 Orient 2-2 Iron Iriekpen, Hayes
2006-07 - Sat Mar 24 LG 1 Orient 2-2 Iron MacKenzie, Sharp
2006-07 - Sat Oct 28 LG 1 Iron 3-1 Orient Sharp 2, Sparrow
2004-05 - Sat Feb 19 LG 2 Iron 1-0 Orient Keogh
2004-05 - Sat Oct 30 LG 2 Orient 1-1 Iron Torpey
2003-04 - Sat Mar 27 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Orient Sparrow
2003-04 - Sat Sep 20 DIV 3 Orient 1-1 Iron Kell
2002-03 - Sat Jan 11 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Orient Sparrow, Kilford
2002-03 - Sat Aug 17 DIV 3 Orient 2-0 Iron  
2001-02 - Mon Apr 1 DIV 3 Orient 0-0 Iron  
2001-02 - Sat Nov 3 DIV 3 Iron 4-1 Orient Torpey 2, Hodges, Beagrie
2000-01 - Tue Feb 20 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Orient Hodges
2000-01 - Tue Sep 12 DIV 3 Orient 1-1 Iron Hodges
1998-99 - Sat May 29 DIV 3 PO F Iron 1-0 Orient Garcia
1998-99 - Sat Mar 20 DIV 3 Iron 2-0 Orient Garcia, Forrester
1998-99 - Sat Oct 31 DIV 3 Orient 1-0 Iron  
1997-98 - Tue Apr 21 DIV 3 Orient 1-0 Iron  
1997-98 - Sat Aug 16 DIV 3 Iron 1-0 Orient Forrester
1996-97 - Sat Mar 29 DIV 3 Iron 1-2 Orient Forrester
1996-97 - Sat Aug 17 DIV 3 Orient 0-1 Iron Clarkson
1995-96 - Mon Apr 8 DIV 3 Orient 0-0 Iron  
1995-96 - Sat Oct 21 DIV 3 Iron 2-0 Orient Hope, Paterson
1988-89 - Sat May 13 DIV 4 Orient 4-1 Iron Taylor
1988-89 - Sat Nov 12 DIV 4 Iron 2-2 Orient Daws 2
1987-88 - Sat Feb 13 DIV 4 Iron 3-2 Orient Harle 2, Shearer
1987-88 - Mon Dec 28 DIV 4 Orient 1-1 Iron Harle
1986-87 - Tue Feb 10 DIV 4 Iron 0-2 Orient  
1986-87 - Sat Sep 13 DIV 4 Orient 3-1 Iron Birch
1985-86 - Sat Mar 8 DIV 4 Iron 2-2 Orient Whitehead, Cammack
1985-86 - Sat Oct 5 DIV 4 Orient 3-0 Iron  
1983-84 - Tue May 1 DIV 3 Iron 3-1 Orient Graham 2, Parkinson
1983-84 - Fri Sep 9 DIV 3 Orient 1-0 Iron  
1967-68 - Sat Mar 16 DIV 3 Orient 2-1 Iron Heath
1967-68 - Sat Oct 21 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Orient Foxon
1966-67 - Fri Dec 30 DIV 3 Iron 2-2 Orient Sloan, Barton
1966-67 - Sat Aug 27 DIV 3 Orient 3-1 Iron Ash
1963-64 - Sat Mar 14 DIV 2 Orient 2-2 Iron Wilson, Mason
1963-64 - Tue Oct 1 DIV 2 Iron 0-0 Orient  
1961-62 - Sat Apr 14 DIV 2 Orient 0-1 Iron  
1961-62 - Fri Nov 24 DIV 2 Iron 0-2 Orient  
1960-61 - Sat Dec 31 DIV 2 Orient 2-1 Iron Bonson
1960-61 - Sat Aug 27 DIV 2 Iron 2-2 Orient Thomas 2
1959-60 - Sat Apr 16 DIV 2 Iron 2-1 Orient Bakes, Brownsword
1959-60 - Sat Dec 12 DIV 2 Orient 1-1 Iron Haigh
1958-59 - Sat Jan 31 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Orient Harburn, Waldock
1958-59 - Sat Sep 13 DIV 2 Orient 2-1 Iron Waldock
  SCUNTHORPE WINS DRAWS ORIENT WINS
League 21 18 16
Cup 1 1 0
Total 22 19 16

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