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Preview: Leyton Orient

29 January 2013

TOWN travel to the Matchroom Stadium this evening to face Leyton Orient in the rearranged Boxing Day fixture.

After the initial tie was postponed, Paolo Di Canio’s side will be looking to put things right after tasting defeat against Orient earlier on in the campaign. 


Town manager Paolo Di Canio says that he wants his team to start with a quick tempo.

“They come from two good results and, like with Bournemouth, they come from a long run of results,” he said. “My concern is like over the Christmas period when we had eleven days without game and we started slowly against Portsmouth. I don’t want to risk this and have had to focus on the players to start quick and fast otherwise it can be difficult.

“They are a good team because every time you check their squad you discover that we saw. They individually have good players with good value. It’s obvious that it’s one match and every side can damage but as usual if we go there and go and play our football at the end I’m sure that we have a chance to win.” 


Orient registered their first win of the season with victory at SN1 in September and the green shoots of recovery appeared to show despite the Os losing more games than they won during October. The months of November and December saw Russell Slade’s men lose just twice, helping to haul them clear of the relegation zone and into mid-table.

It has been a mixed start to 2013 however as league form has dipped and their FA Cup involvement is over after an exit at the hands of Hull City of the Championship. Despite this, Orient have reached the area final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

They overcame Notts County by two goals to one at the weekend and currently sit 15th in the League One table. 


Orient shocked The County Ground earlier this season and came away from Wiltshire with all three points in a 1-0 win.

Swindon’s last visit to north-east London ended in a 3-0 defeat as they battled relegation in the 2010/11 season.

Town have only won six times at Orient in their history, with their last win coming on Boxing Day 2008. Goals from Lee Peacock and Jack Smith secured a 2-1 win. Swindon’s last victory before that was way back in December 1971 when a goal from Arthur Horsfield was the difference for Town in 1-0 win.  


Please note – the prices listed below are MATCHDAY prices and have increased  by £2 from tickets bought in advance.

Adult                                                                   £25 
Senior Citizen (Over 65)/Students (NUS)                £16 
Under 18                                                             £16

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