MATCH PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Bristol Rovers 

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to Leyton Orient on Tuesday night having demolished Stevenage at the weekend.

The Gas ran riot at the Lamex, winning 4-0 against Paul Tisdale’s side and will be hoping for more of the same when they travel up the M4 on Tuesday.

Rovers boss Joey Barton heaped praise on his side for the performance on Saturday but noted Luca Hoole and Elliot Anderson for the maturity in their performance despite their ages.

“They’re the youngest players in our group but you wouldn’t know that with their quality of performance,” Barton told Bristol Live.

“My belief has always been that if you’re good enough, age is just a number.

“I think sometimes playing with young minds that are more malleable that you can put ideas into and coach. For me, that’s the beauty of it. Seeing young people flourish and seeing them really start to emerge as senior players.

“Hooley has been in from Mansfield on the first day of the season. He’s dipped in and out but certainly since January onwards he’s taken the position and made it his own. His performance today, even in the midst of the moments when they were testing us, his defending at the back post was very crucial to make sure Belly kept a clean sheet.

“But as I say, we knew the quality we were getting with Elliot. Billy is what they’re calling him, for Billy Elliot, Geordie boy, bit of a ballerina. It’s starting to stick now as a nickname. That’s a sign of where the group is at with him.

“He’s been a real bonus. We were trying to get a player that we thought would improve the quality of the squad but that didn’t materialise.

“We ended up taking Elliot quite late in the window, and if I’m honest he’s much better than the player we would have taken.

“Sometimes, as I say, the sun shines on the righteous and today I thought our lads came of age in the blustery conditions. I saw the sun and the Gasheads behind the goal at 4-0.

“But again this league is unrelenting and we’re back to it with another challenge against Leyton Orient Tuesday night.”

Barton may opt for the same starting lineup that has performed so well for him over the past few games although he does have Ryan Loft pushing for a start after he returned from a back injury.

Leyton Orient go into the game looking for their first win in 10 matches.

The O’s beat Swindon 4-1 on December 7th but have lost eight out of the nine league matches since and have seen any hope of a place in the top seven come the end of the season diminish.

Orient have scored just two in their last 10 games and boss Kenny Jackett knows that things have to change and quickly.

“You’re looking to get back into your rhythm, onto winning ways and getting results but the game will come around quickly on Tuesday night,” Jackett told the Newham Recorder. 

“Hopefully that is on and we can get back to our home ground and put on a good performance and a good win.

“They’re obviously one of the bigger clubs in the division, it’s a turnaround that we need to start engineering, our own form and our own results. We have to put top of our priority list.”

Jackett has no new injury concerns for the midweek match and is expected to make changes from last week’s loss to Salford City. Dan Happe is not expected to feature after picking up an injury at Exeter two weeks ago.

Lineup Predictions:

Leyton Orient Predicted XI (3-5-2): Vigouroux (GK), Thompson, Ray, Beckles, Archibald, Ogie, Khan, Pratley, Coleman, Smith, Drinan.

Bristol Rovers Predicted XI (4-3-3):

Score Predictions:

Mets: Leyton Orient 1-2 The Gas

Max and Simon: Leyton Orient 1-3 The Gas

Sam: Leyton Orient 0-3 The Gas