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Matchday Guide | Leyton Orient (H)

7 February 2023

Crewe Alexandra entertain league leaders Leyton Orient in a rearranged fixture tonight (Tuesday, 7:45pm)

Lee Bell’s side will look for an immediate response following a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town on Saturday.

The Opposition

Orient occupy top spot in League Two after 29 games played - four clear of second-placed Stevenage, who have two games in hand.

Last time out, the London side were 1-0 winners against AFC Wimbledon courtesy of a George Moncur strike.

The Gaffer

Richie Wellens took charge at Brisbane Road in March 2022 with the Londoners struggling towards the bottom end of the table. He led them to a comfortable mid-table finish.

Wellens is an experienced manager in the EFL, having previously taken charge of likes of Oldham Athletic, Swindon Town, Salford City and Doncaster Rovers.

A high point in his career came in 2019-20 when he guided Swindon to promotion from League Two.

Fighting Talk

Lee Bell: “Our next game is always our biggest game, regardless of who it is against. After what happened on Saturday, we know what standards we have to hit. I want them to be angry and frustrated, but it’s how we react.”

Richie Wellens: "People are shallow when they just think about results. You need results but you need a foundation to work from. The foundations for us are commitment and hard work, but also performance levels. If we keep reaching those (levels) we’ll be fine.

Team News

Crewe Alexandra will assess the fitness of Kelvin Mellor, Rod McDonald and Tariq Uwakwe after they missed out on Saturday afternoon. Courtney Baker-Richardson continues to recover from his long-term injury; Christopher Long remains sidelined.

Orient are expected to be without Rob Hunt through injury, with Tom James expected to come back into contention.

Head-to-Head

Both sides have an even record have won 12 times in previous meetings, with 11 other clashes ending in a draw.

Most recently, The Railwaymen were triumphant as Bassala Sambou’s last-minute winner secured the Alex’s place in the second round of the FA Cup last November.

Officials

Sam Allison will take charge on Tuesday night, last officiating the Alex in September 2021, a 1-1 draw against Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.

He will be assisted by Mark Pottage and Andrew Dallison, with Scott Tallis appointed as fourth official.

Elsewhere in League Two

Doncaster Rovers v Tranmere Rovers (7:45).

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Ticket Details

2022/23 League Match Ticket Prices (Member rate in brackets)
  Boughey Stand Rhino Safety Stand Andrew Connolly Financial Planning Stand
Adult £25 (£21) £23 (£20) £23 (£20)
Senior (65+) £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
17-19 Years (£14.50) (£13.50) (£13.50)
Student (£12.50) (£12.50) (£12.50)
12-16 Years £12 (£10) £10 (£9.50) £10 (£9.50)
Under 11 £7.50 (£6) £6.50 (£5.50) £6.50 (£5.50)
Disabled £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
Family Ticket N/A N/A £23.00*

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Match Reports

Match Report | Crewe 0 Orient 2

7 February 2023

  • Reds undone by Orient goals in either half
  • Full debuts for Finnigan and Robertson
  • Second defeat of 2023 for The Railwaymen

League leaders Leyton Orient emerged with all three points from Mornflake Stadium on Tuesday.

Goals from Ed Turns and Theo Archibald strengthened their claim for the League Two title. 

Elliott Nevitt brought a smart save from the Orient keeper in the first half, and hit the post after the restart, but Crewe drew a blank.

Now they must regroup and prepare for the important trip to Crawley Town at the weekend (Saturday, 3pm).

Lee Bell made five changes to the side that lost to Grimsby, with loan duo Ryan Finnigan and Sean Robertson making their full debuts for the club.

Finnigan was part of a completely new three-man midfield, alongside Tariq Uwakwe and Charlie Colkett.

Fit-again Rod McDonald was restored to defence alongside Robertson. Callum Ainley, Conor Thomas, Regan Griffiths and Connor O’Riordan dropped to the bench, while Billy Sass-Davies was not involved.

Orient made two changes from their win at the weekend, with Craig Clay and Tom James coming in for Jordan Lyden and Rob Hunt. Captain Darren Pratley returned to the bench.

After a scrappy and even first 20 minutes, the visitors started to grow stronger. Archibald curled wide before, on 28 minutes, Charlie Kelman beat keeper Dave Richards to a through ball but McDonald was able to hook clear in front of an open goal.

It was 1-0 on 31 minutes when the Alex failed to clear a corner and Turns was able to get a shot away in a crowded area and beat Richards from 10 yards.

Penalty appeals for handball were waved away by the referee after a corner at the other end, and Elliott Nevitt saw a super dipping volley parried to safety by Orient keeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

Dan Agyei fizzed a cross-shot just wide of the target in the dying seconds, and just one goal separated the sides at the break.

Nevitt hit the outside of the post with a powerful drive immediately after the restart, and the Alex were on the front foot.

But just before the hour mark it was 2-0 when Archibald arrived on the end of a cross from the left and finished clinically.

Tom James fired a direct free-kick into the Crewe wall as the visitors looked to put the game to bed.

As the game entered its final 10 minutes an Agyei mazy run earned a corner, but it was easily handled by the Orient keeper.

Crewe (4-3-3): Richards; Adebisi (Ainley, 84), Offord, McDonald, Robertson; Finnigan, Colkett (Brook 67), Uwakwe; Agyei, Amoo (Sambou, 45), Nevitt.

Subs not used: Beadle, Thomas, Griffiths, O’Riordan.

Booked: Nevitt.

Orient (4-2-3-1): Vigouroux; James, Turns, Beckles, Sweeney; Clay, El Mizouni; Archibald, Moncur (Pratley, 73), Sadlier (Sotiriou, 84); Kelman (Drinan, 69).  

Subs not used: Ogie, Thompson, Lyden, Bryne.

Booked: None.

Referee: S Allison.

Attendance: 3,462.

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Ticket News

Tickets | Leyton Orient (H)

7 February 2023

Tickets are availble for our contest with Richie Wellens' side Leyton Orient on Tuesday night.

The Alex return to Sky Bet League Two action looking to right the wrongs of Saturday and get a positive result against the table toppers.

Supporters can purchase their tickets for the game here.

Ticket Prices

2022/23 League Match Ticket Prices (Member rate in brackets)
  Boughey Stand Rhino Safety Stand Andrew Connolly Financial Planning Stand
Adult £25 (£21) £23 (£20) £23 (£20)
Senior (65+) £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
17-19 Years (£14.50) (£13.50) (£13.50)
Student (£12.50) (£12.50) (£12.50)
12-16 Years £12 (£10) £10 (£9.50) £10 (£9.50)
Under 11 £7.50 (£6) £6.50 (£5.50) £6.50 (£5.50)
Disabled £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
Family Ticket N/A N/A £23.00*

Supporters are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets to avoid any queuing that might occur before kick-off.

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