Man in the middleArgyle review on the match
(last season he issued 81 yellow cards and six reds in 26 games)
Mark Russell and George Byrne
Argyle head to the Breyer Group Stadium on Tuesday night looking to extend their encouraging start to the 20/21 campaign against Leyton Orient.
Having overcome Sky Bet Championship opposition QPR in the opening round of this season’s Carabao Cup, the Pilgrims take on their League Two opponents knowing that a home tie against Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur awaits the winner.
The trio of Joe Edwards, Danny Mayor and Frank Nouble were on target for the Greens in their first round triumph over Rangers at Home Park, while Orient progressed to the second stage thanks to goals from Danny Johnson and Connor Wilkinson in their come-from-behind victory away to Forest Green Rovers.
Both sides have enjoyed promising starts to their respective league campaigns, too, with Argyle overcoming a much-fancied Blackpool side courtesy of Luke Jephcott’s third minute goal at Home Park on Saturday afternoon. For Orient, Johnson’s third goal in as many games secured a last-minute winner away at Oldham Athletic in League Two – with his other strike coming in the O’s 3-2 victory over a Brighton under-21 side in the EFL Trophy.
The two teams met in the first round of the competition last season, with Callum McFadzean and Dom Telford on target in a 2-0 victory for Ryan Lowe’s men at Home Park.
The Greens also beat Orient 4-0 at the Theatre of Greens in Sky Bet League Two action a few weeks later, with all four goals arriving before the half-time interval. With the season curtailed early due to the coronavirus pandemic, the return fixture did not take place in East London.
Argyle striker Ryan Hardie returns to contention having missed out against his parent club on the weekend, while manager Lowe will assess the fitness of duo Luke Jephcott and Conor Grant, who suffered knocks during the Pilgrims’ victory over the Seasiders on the weekend.
ARGYLE AWAY AT ORIENT IN ALL COMPETITIONS
The record: P 28 W 11 D 4 L 13 F 33 A 39
The first time: Division 3 (South), 31 August, 1929. Clapton Orient 0 Argyle 2.
Sammy Black and Ray Bowden were on target for Robert Jack’s Pilgrims at Millfields Road against Clapham Orient, who became Leyton Orient after the Second World War.
The last time: Sky Bet League Two, 27 September, 2016. Leyton Orient 0 Argyle 2.
Jimmy Spencer and Ryan Donaldson were on target as the Greens won 2-0 at Brisbane Road, with the hosts reduced to nine men. That season, Argyle were promoted to League One as runners-up, while Orient were relegated to the National League.
Our biggest win: Sky Bet League Two, 19 April, 2016. Leyton Orient 1 Argyle 3.
Our biggest winning margin away at Orient is two goals, and the highest-scoring effort from the Greens came in 2016. Peter Hartley opened the scoring on the brink of half-time, before a second-half double from Jake Jervis saw Argyle out of sight. Lloyd James pulled back a late consolation for the hosts.
Most goals in a single game: Division Three, 13 April, 1999. Leyton Orient 4 Argyle 3.
The Pilgrims lost out in a memorable seven-goal thriller back in 1999, despite coming from behind on a number of occasions. Having slipped to a 2-0 deficit early on, strikes from Steve Guinan and Dwight Marshall restored parity heading into the interval. Having fallen behind again to an Alex Inglethorpe strike, Ronnie Mauge’s set-piece header looked to have secured a 3-3 draw, only for Tony Richards to head home a winner for the O’s, who were defeated in the play-offs that season.
Leyton Orient review of the match
Danny Johnson played a key role in kickstarting Orient’s 2020/21 campaign on Saturday, as his 89th-minute winner helped snatch the O’s first league victory of season.
Nevertheless, Ross Embleton’s men now turn their attentions towards League One opposition Plymouth Argyle for the second round of the Carabao Cup. Should the O’s progress to the third round, then Embleton will be sharing the dugout with Jose Mourinho while his Tottenham side grace the turf of The Breyer Group Stadium.OPPOSITION
Ahead of the 2020/21 season, eight players have found a new home at the Theatre of Greens, as former Crawley Town and Colchester United forwards, Panutche Camara and Frank Nouble, have committed their future to The Pilgrims.
Plymouth Argyle kicked off their Carabao Cup campaign with a narrow 3-2 victory over Championship opposition Queens Park Rangers. Nouble’s 78th-minute volley secured The Pilgrims their spot in the second round and an away trip to east London.
Unlike the O’s, Plymouth fell at the first EFL Trophy hurdle. The Pilgrims suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Norwich City, but this performance didn’t affect their confidence ahead of their first league fixture.
Ryan Lowe’s side recorded a 1-0 victory against Blackpool on the opening of their League One campaign, many thanks to Luke Jephcott’s early conversion. Following the game, Lowe discussed his admiration for his side.
“Seeing the fight and the spirit of those lads shows me that they’ve got a real togetherness and want to win games on football.”
Embleton will be looking to right the wrongs from Orient’s last meeting with Plymouth, as the O’s suffered a 4-0 defeat away from home – with all four goals coming in the first half.FROM THE DUGOUT
Following Saturday’s victory, Embleton stated that he was “disappointed” in the way the O’s performed but recognised that despite not finding any rhythm, his players did well to battle and gain three points from a tough place.
Ahead of the next Carabao Cup fixture, Embleton discussed how he plans on keeping his side grounded when considering the prize that is already waiting for them in the third round.
“We know Plymouth are a good team, we experienced it twice last year. We know they’re going to be a really tough nut to crack,” Embleton explained in his Oldham Athletic post-match interview.
“I think with them being the strength that they are, it focuses everybody on that knowing there’s a prize at the end of it.
“It’s a fantastic motivation for all of us, but we have a massive hurdle and a very, very good team to get over on Tuesday night before we even worry about what comes next.”FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
James Dayton alluded to Embleton’s previous comments that the O’s are yet to play to what is deemed to be their full capabilities and the Orient midfielder spoke about how there is more to come.
“I don’t think we’ve got to where we can get to, performance wise. That’s a good sign of a good team that can grind out results and even when we’re not performing well,” Dayton said to Leyton Orient’s YouTube channel.
“We go into next week, I know we’ve got a game Tuesday, but we’ll be working on how we can be better and that’s a good sign that we can get better but still be picking up results.”
Dayton later added: “We haven’t performed anywhere near our best yet. A couple of glimpses in pre-season where we performed really well, but in the three games that we’ve played we’ve had to be more defensive and patient in our shape.”
Going for a Argyle 2 - 0 win