Keeping Up With...The Os
DEREK Adams' Argyle face their second away match in four days as they travel to 10th-placed Leyton Orient on Tuesday.
Orient relieved former West Ham and Newcastle United midfielder Kevin Nolan of his managerial duties last Tuesday so that the 33-year-old could put his sole focus on playing for the remainder of the season. He won seven of his 15 games in charge but has been replaced by Andy Hessenthaler for the remaining games of the season.
Hessenthaler enjoyed a winning start as interim manager, narrowly beating Dagenham & Redbridge 3-2, a result which ended Dagenham's nine year stay in the Football League in the process. The O's went into the half-time break two goals up after Jay Simpson struck twice. But Dagenham were not going down with a whimper as first Jamie Cureton and then Clevid Dikamona responded midway through the second-half with two goals in two minutes. Forward Armand Gnanduillet, who joined Orient from League 1 side Chesterfield however had other ideas as he put the Londoners ahead in the 65th minute, leaving his side just two points off the play-offs with four games remaining.
The win over John Still's side ended a poor run of four games without a win. Orient had lost to Barnet (3-0), Hartlepool (2-0) and Accrington (1-0), as well as a 1-1 draw against York, who themselves could be relegated on Tuesday night if they don't beat Portsmouth or Newport pick up points against Oxford.
The Pilgrims will need to be wary of the O's top scorer also Sky Bet League 2's second top scorer - Jay Simpson. The former Arsenal trainee has 25 goals to his name this season, just one fewer than Bristol Rovers' Matty Taylor.
Argyle's last win against Orient was at Home Park in March 2002, as goals from Ian Stonebridge, Graham Coughlan and Michael Evans resulted in a 3-0 win for the Greens.
The last league match between the sides at Brisbane Road came in 2011 as goals from Scott McGleish and Dean Cox saw Orient to a 2-0 win. Earlier this season the sides drew 1-1 at Home Park as Jay Simpson's effort after four minutes was cancelled out nine minutes from time by a Curtis Nelson goal that rescued a point for Adams' side.
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