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Matchday Guide | Leyton Orient (H)

7 February 2023

Match Previews

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.


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.


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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The action is complemented by commentary from the BBC Radio Stoke team of Graham McGarry and Peter Morse.

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