Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient Preview: “In their first League Cup tie since 2016, can the O’s bounce back from their mauling at Macclesfield?”

Orient make the long mid-week trip to Devon to face Plymouth Argyle in what will be their first League Cup fixture since losing out 2-1 at home to Fulham in August 2016. Ross Embleton’s side will be looking to put in a much improved performance to the one that saw them lose out 3-0 to Macclesfield on Saturday.

Last Time Out

After the jubilation of the opening day, the O’s were sent crashing back down to Earth with a thud at Moss Rose. The result serves as a reminder to anyone that might have needed it that League Two is a step up from the National League and most needless errors will be punished.

In terms of the first goal, there aren’t too many complaints you can have about the defending. Perhaps Joe Widdowson would have got tighter to Theo Archibald than James Brophy did, but you have to credit the 21 year old midfielder for producing a fine strike to give his side the lead on the 30 minute mark.

However, the second goal is a calamity from an Orient point of view. It was far too simple for Brice Ntwambe to play a simple ball in behind the O’s defence and that led to Emmanuel Osadebe having a clear run on goal to double the Silkmen’s lead.

Looking back you feel Embleton and his staff will be disappointed with the third goal as well, with the usually exemplary Dan Happe losing his man much too easily from a corner.

Though results such as these are far from ideal, they will serve as a learning process for Orient’s inexperienced coaching staff and as long as days like Saturday are learned from and mistakes are addressed then the O’s faithful should be willing to cut Embleton and co some slack.

Predicted Lineup


Ekpiteta Coulson Ogie

Judd Gorman Clay Widdowson


Alabi Harrold

Expect the O’s gaffer to ring the changes for Tuesday night’s game as he looks to keep his side fresh for the visit of Stevenage at the weekend.

Dean Brill started every game in league and cup competitions last season but this year could see Sam Sargeant getting more opportunities, especially in the cups, after he ably deputised for Brill during pre-season and on the opening day.

Youngster Shadrach Ogie is another who impressed during pre-season and don’t be surprised if he’s named in the starting eleven on the left side of the back three, whilst Myles Judd and the fit again Joe Widdowson could come in to freshen things up in the wing-back roles.

Three of last season’s fringe players Dale Gorman, James Alabi and Matt Harrold should also be expecting to make their first starts of the season and they’ll be looking to stake claims for more prominent roles this campaign.

Whereas, exciting new signing Louis Dennis left Portsmouth after becoming frustrated at his appearances being limited to cup games, so he’ll be hopeful that a good performance here should put him in contention for Orient’s upcoming league fixtures.

View on the Opposition

Last season Argyle were unexpectedly relegated back to League Two, after Derek Adams’ four year stay at the club began to turn sour. In a bid to turn the tide at Home Park, the club exploited the ongoing woes of Bury, one of the clubs that have replaced them in League One this season.

The Shakers head coach Ryan Lowe was brought in early on in the summer and a number of players followed him in making the switch from Gigg Lane. Five players in total swapped Great Manchester for South Devon, including creative midfielder Danny Mayor – a player who oozes quality and an influential factor in Bury’s promotion last time out.

Unsurprisingly Lowe has continued with the free flowing 3-5-2 formation that helped him achieve so much success in his short spell at Bury and that looks to be paying dividends at the moment with Argyle currently sitting top of the League Two table with two wins from two.

They followed up their impressive 3-0 win away at Crewe on the opening day with a routine 1-0 victory against Colchester on Saturday. Antoni Sarcevic got the only goal against the U’s in a game where loanee keeper Alex Palmer really impressed with some smart saves and fine distribution.

Last Time the Two Met

A 94th minute winner from Sandro Semedo gave a youthful O’s side a memorable 3-2 win on Valentine’s Day 2017. Goals from Sarcevic and Matt Kennedy were cancelled out by two Gavin Massey strikes, before Semedo netted deep into stoppage time to renew Danny Webb’s team’s survival hopes.

The match will also be remembered for an incident between former O’s midfielder Liam Kelly and a ball boy, which led to Plymouth putting in a complaint to the F.A and Kelly subsequently receiving a six game ban for violent conduct.


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