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Match Preview: Leyton Orient vs Southend United

27 July 2018

Pre-season comes to an end at Vanarama National League side Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon.

Blues boss Chris Powell takes his side to The Breyer Group Stadium to come up against another former Southend left-back, Justin Edinburgh.

The O’s also have familiar faces in David Mooney and Matt Harold in their ranks, and like Blues they will try to get as much out of their last rehearsal before attention turns to the respective league campaigns.

Blues open up Sky Bet League One at home to Doncaster Rovers, while Orient travel to face big-spending Salford City.

From the Manager

Chris Powell: “I think people always look at it and say that’s going to be your team for the first game, but I look at it a bit differently.

“I want to see certain things that we need to be displaying, not only against Doncaster but for the forthcoming campaign.

“I’ve got an idea of what I want to see, but we’ve still got a clear week and next week is all geared towards us against Doncaster and making sure we really cement those principles.

“It’s now about fixing down what I want to see in open play, what I want to see offensively first of all, defensively with and without the ball, I just want to see those things a bit more.

“Orient will be a good test and more like what we are going to face throughout the season.”

Team News

Timothee Dieng and Sam Barratt are both injury doubts, but Chris Powell said he isn’t expecting either to be out for long.

“Tim is progressing nicely,” said Powell. “It was just a kick that he suffered in Spain so we’re a bit cautious with him. 

“Because it’s pre-season you don’t want to take any chance, you want as many fit players come 4th August. Whether he will be involved on Saturday it’s 50/50at this stage.

“Sam Barratt had a little cameo against Leeds but he aggravated his heel in training on Monday. He was down to play against Bishops Stortford but we felt it was better to take him out.

“It’s not anything other than a straight forward bruise and kick, so he’s also in the 50/50 category.”


Blues fans can purchase tickets in advance from the Blues Box Office up until 3pm on Friday afternoon.

Tickets are available on the day from the turnstiles in the North Stand at The Breyer Group Stadium and there is no price increase on the day.


Adults £10.00
Concessions* £5.00
Under 18s £1.00

*65+, young adults 18-24, students with a valid ID, current serving members of the armed forces and unemployed supporters with proof of current benefit receipt.

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