Waddock keen for an energetic display from Southend

Leyton Orient v Southend United – leasing.com Trophy – Breyer Group Stadium – Tuesday 7:45pm – Preview

ASSISTANT MANAGER, Gary Waddock, faced the media ahead of Southend United’s leasing.com Trophy derby with Leyton Orient at the Breyer Group Stadium.

The Blues are seeking solace from a change of competition following a disastrous start to their Sky Bet League One campaign – losing all six matches to date – coupled with a 4-1 home thumping at the hands of Milton Keynes Dons in the Carabao Cup – a defeat which cost Southend a home tie with European Champions, Liverpool, at the third round stage.

This whirlwind of events has led to pressure mounting on manager, Kevin Bond, with supporters calling for his head following Saturday’s home setback to Rochdale at Roots Hall. But with this weekends trip to Portsmouth postponed due to international call-ups, Waddock suggested Southend will travel to East London with their strongest available side and in a bullish attitude.

It would probably have been a strong side anyway but with the game off on Saturday it opens it up for everybody really,” the former Queen’s Park Rangers midfielder told www.southendunited.co.uk. 

“I’m sure there’ll be some fresh legs in there as well because we need to have high energy in the team especially with a lot of games we’ve had in the last few weeks. We want to approach it with a lot of energy.”

“We’ve got a few bumps and bruises as well as a few injuries, we will give the lads every opportunity and wait until the last minute to see who’s fit and available but we’re going to go there with a group of players who are determined to get a result.”

Leyton Orient boss, Ross Embleton, might be tempted to shuffle the pack ahead of the match. James Turley, James Dayton and Jobi McAnuff all remain sidelined. Midfielder George Marsh – who arrived at Brisbane Road on loan from Tottenham Hotspur until January – could be handed a debut, while Jordan Maguire-Drew could be given game time after slipping to the bench for last Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two draw at Salford City.

Leyton Orient v Southend United – Head to head:

Leyton Orient won: 33

Drawn: 22

Southend United won: 25

Leyton Orient v Southend United – Last five meetings (all competitions):

December 28, 2009 – League One

Leyton Orient 1-2 Southend United

August 9, 2011 – League Cup

Southend United 1-1 Leyton Orient

(Leyton Orient won 4-3 on penalties)

February 5, 2013 – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy semi-final first-leg

Leyton Orient 0-1 Southend United

February 20, 2013 – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy semi-final second-leag

Southend United 2-2 Leyton Orient

(Southend United won 3-2 on aggregate)

October 4, 2016 – Checkatrade Trophy

Southend United 1-0 Leyton Orient

Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-0 Southend United

Brian Jeeves

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