Orient (A) Match Preview

Here we go then, our last Tuesday night game of the season. United make the short journey down the M11 (once famously claimed by Tommy Taylor to be just 30 minutes drive) to East London, scene of our last ‘proper’ away game with fans before the Pandemic hit hard back in 2020. Fans won’t be there this time around, but if results go our way we could be guaranteed of a play off place come 10pm… not that we’d settle for that now.

Of course, the big question as with all Tuesday night games is “Will Wes Hoolahan play?” and we reckon he could well be involved in this one – whether he’s able to start is unlikely, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the bench, especially as it’s a reasonably local game.

The rest of the team will probably stay as it was at Newport, although don’t bet against the likes of Shilow Tracey or Harrison Dunk getting some minutes to rotate the tired legs in the squad.

Expected U’s Line-Up: Burton, Knoyle, Drysdale, Taylor, Iredale, Digby, Boateng, Hannant, Tracey, Mullin, Ironside

Assuming Hoolahan doesn’t start we think Bonner will go with a 4-4-2, with Hannant on the left and Tracey wide right. Digby and Boateng will provide the steel in the middle. Up front, there’s limited options other than Mullin and Ironside so it’s going to be them two in attack, and why not?

Who’s Their Player To Watch? Nick Freeman has come in on loan from Wycombe and put in some solid midfield performances, and Jobi McAnuff is always a danger too.

Who’s In The Dugout? Club captain Jobi McAnuff is currently interim manager after the sacking of Ross Embleton earlier this season.

What’s Their Recent Form Like? P5, W2, D2, L1, For 6, Against 3

Any Ex-United Players? Only the one and only Super Josh Coulson. A homegrown hero of the 2013-14 double winning season, Josh was shamefully treated by Shaun Derry before being loaned out to Orient.

Last Time Out: United 2-1 Orient, December 26 2020

Mark Bonner tried out the diamond for the first time and it paid off big time as Wes Hoolahan ran the show, scoring one himself before helping Paul Mullin to another.

From The Archive: Orient 0-1 U’s, May 8 2004

A debut for a certain John Ruddy showed his promise as he saved a penalty and kept a clean sheet to secure all three points for United after Luke Guttridge’s opener.

UTAS Moosenet Tip: 2-1 United, Mullin

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