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Preview: Leyton Orient (H)

18 January 2013

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Rovers will be looking to maintain their firm grip on visiting Leyton Orient tomorrow who are winless in the last seven meetings between the sides

The last meeting ended in a 2-0 win for Rovers at Brisbane Road back in September in the 28th fixture between the teams. Rovers will be looking to stay unbeaten in 2013 and Orient will be looking to get back on track after winning nine out of eleven games in November and December.

Leyton Orient have not had particularly eye catching form on their travels this season with the 14th best away record in the league, losing half of their 12 away games and drawing two with four games ending in defeat including last time on the road against Yeovil Town. 

Rovers, comparatively, have the 10th best home record in the league and will start off a home run winning last time out against Colchester United.

Goals may be hard to come by tomorrow for Orient who have the unenviable 19th best goals away from home record this season with only 14 scored this campaign they have failed to score in 42% of their away games this season. 

Buoyant Rovers are coming off their last minute salvo at Stevenage and are unbeaten in the last five games home and away. The O’s have only played twice in 2013 drawing both games and lost to Hull City in the FA cup in the last game at home. 

Saturday will be Brian Flynn’s first game in charge since being confirmed as Rovers full time manager until the end of the season. Now second with a game in hand Rovers will be looking to cement their top two spot with Brentford four points behind with a game in hand. Leyton Orient meanwhile are sat in 15th in the league, 8 points shy of a top six playoff spot, however with two and three games in hand on many of the teams above them they will be looking to start a run towards the top end of the league tomorrow.

Previous History 
Over the 28 fixtures between the sides since 1953/54 Leyton Orient enjoyed a better record winning 13 times in all competitions with 6 draws, despite a run of 7 games without a win against the Rovers and 4 losses over that period.

The last win for Leyton Orient came 15 years ago in 1997/98 with an emphatic 8-0 scoreline, equalling their club record in the old Division Three and recorded a 4-1 win in the same season in the reverse fixture. 

The sides have only ever met once in the FA cup which was the first fixture between the sides in 1953 ending in a 3-1 win for Orient. Saturday will be the 6th meeting in League One starting in 2006/07 after a 4 year gap during Rovers Championship tenure. There have been 3 draws and 2 wins for Rovers who have exerted dominance in the fixture since the turn of the century.

Interesting Fact
It is suggested that the name Orient came about at the behest of a player (Jack R Dearing) who was an employee of the Orient Shipping Company nowadays known as P&O)

Last Meeting – League – 29/09/2012
Rovers – 2 - Hume (12mins), Cotterill (21mins)
Orient – 0 

Leyton Orient: Allsop; McSweeney, Clarke, Chorley, Sawyer; Cox, Baudry (Laird 60), Smith, Cook (Odubajo 67); Lisbie, Brunt (Mooney 67) 
Subs: Symes, Obafemi, James 

Doncaster: G Woods; Husband, McCombe, Jones, Syers; Cotterill (Quinn 84), Spurr, Harper, Bennett (M Woods 79); Hume (Paynter 86), Brown 
Subs: Sullivan (GK), Martis, Blake, Keegan 

Saturday's Team News
Midfielder Paul Keegan should be available for selection after being forced off early in the game against Stevenage, whilst Billy Paynter serves the last game of his suspension.

Mostly cloudy with snow likely at times, and the strong and bitterly cold easterly wind will ease a little through the day.  

Delays at the Lakeside Shopping Village roundabout due to ongoing roadworks. Access to the stadium via the Middlebank roundabout.

Rovers Player
Live and exclusive coverage of Doncaster Rovers v Leyton Orient at Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 19th January 2013 will be available on Rovers Player from 2.45pm. Contact the commentary team via our official Twitter feed @drfc_official throughout the afternoon. 


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