Hey! Turns out everybody loves us now. Big thanks to Arsenal, the FA Cup, BT Sport and YouTube for your help with that. Much obliged.

Oh and thanks to everyone who made Friday’s protest possible. As Tom Furnival-Adams explored yesterday – these moments are important.

It’s back to London again tonight, although we’re talking the gritty comedown of League One against the best team ever (if League One was the only league in the world, and Brentford and Wolves didn’t exist). It’s Leyton Orient again.

How are they getting on?

They’re still at it.

2nd in the table, as they continue to build on some unfathomably good form during 2013. Their recent results make for impressive reading, with just the one defeat in their last ten games, three wins on the bounce, and four wins out of five.

And goal wise – corr. If you thought we were good going forward, tonight we meet up with the team who’ve actually scored more than us this season.

They’ve only dropped out of the top two once all season, leading to them possibly being referred to as this season’s Tranmere. Although I couldn’t possibly corroborate that. If that is the case, they’re doing a far studier job than Ronnie Moore’s team managed last year.

So to sum up –  they are still doing well and have promotion on the mind.

Who could cause us trouble?

I’m frustrated with myself having to say this, but Chris Dagnall is clearly the man we need to be wary of. I wasn’t particularly impressed with him during his time here, but I said the same about Shaun Jeffers and the git still scored against us. Dagnall’s no Jeffers either – he’s a guy who knows all about scoring goals and is coming off the back of a brace on his debut for his new team.

Top scorer David Mooney hasn’t appeared since December, but he’s due back any time now. And as is necessary, Kevin Lisbie will be a threat against us.

Sky Blues team news

Now we’re not playing Arsenal, the risk of players noticing injuries has increased. Want-away Leon Clarke is out because of an injury, leaving us horrendously short up front. We have Denzel, who Pressley seems to be struggling to trust, and young kids Ben Maund and George Thomas available to us. Going from the Pressley’s hints, the pubescent G. Thomas may find himself getting the nod.

Mind you, Jordan Clarke came off the bench to drop in up top against Arsenal, so he remains an option. It’s also important to remember that Billy Daniels has striking blood, and after an impressive outing at the Emirates, placing him up top wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

As for the rest of our lineup, you can now choose your own team at www.skybluesblog.co.uk/selector 

Predictions

We’ve already played them 3 times already this season, scoring five, conceding three, but somehow only winning the one.

  • Leyton Orient 3-2 Coventry
  • Leyton Orient 0-0 Coventry (Leyton Orient win 4-2 on penalties)
  • Coventry 3-1 Leyton Orient

The last meeting saw us take control and inflict a comprehensive defeat on the runaway leaders, with Franck scoring one of his obligatory Goal of the Season contenders with a beautifully feathered clip over the keeper from the edge of the box.

But does this sort of stuff matter? How relevant are games which took place with different players, at different points in the season?

It’s surely going to be a tough game. But we’ve always given them a game so far, and you know what – even with the injuries, I can see us matching them again.

Neil: Leyton Orient 1 – 1 Coventry

Joey: Leyton Orient 1 – 1 Coventry

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  1. Given our shortage of proven strikers we really need the defence to shut up shop tonight. It’s a big ask but if they can keep Orient out I reckon we can nick a goal and claim the win.

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