By Giuseppe Muro
Jonathan Tehoue’s late equaliser stunned Arsenal ten days ago and earned Leyton Orient an FA Cup Fifth-Round replay.
So what are the chances of the League One side causing an upset and completing the job on Wednesday? We spoke to Trevor Davies of the Ilford Recorder to get an opposition view on the game at Emirates Stadium.
It was a great day, it was a smashing day. We had a full house, a great result and a fairytale ending. But in terms of history, I don’t think it was any bigger than when they won promotion on the final day of the season five years ago. But, financially, it has been a massive season for the club. Even before they earned a replay they picked up about £700,000 from the Cup run, which equates to the money they would usually lose in a season. They have already got to a break-even figure for the season before the draw and I think they are looking at making double that from the replay. They will pick up about £1,500,000 for this season which will give them a profit. It is the first time that Barry Hearn will have made a footballing profit in his 15 years at the club.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
It’s going to be quite difficult because they have got injuries, suspensions and I think it might be a bridge too far. They have only lost one of their last 22 games and might have used a lot of their luck up at Huddersfield [when they came from two goals down to draw 2-2] on Saturday. Orient don’t have the resources to make changes and, with Arsenal having home advantage, I think they might struggle tomorrow night. It will be good to make the exit out of the FA Cup and concentrate on gate-crashing the League One play-offs.
MAN OF THE MOMENT
Jonathan Tehoue has had a very strange season. He’s scored nine goals for the club and all of them have come from the bench. He hasn’t scored when he has started a game. He’s not fully fit, he acknowledges that himself, and he makes much more of an impact coming on for the last 15 minutes because he is big, strong and powerful. He can take advantage of a tiring defence. When he has actually started games he has struggled to make that sort of impact.
Matt Spring missed the first game and he had been almost an ever-present in midfield. He had a calf injury so he missed out. On Saturday they lost their skipper Stephen Dawson, who I thought was inspirational in the first game. He was stretchered off against Huddersfield with a knee injury and they are still waiting on the results of a scan. I would think he will be out for a month so he won’t be able to play. And Jason Crowe is injured as well. So they have got a quite a few injuries and all in that midfield position. It’s going to be difficult to pick a team.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
The players fancy their chances of a Cup shock. They are pretty confident and really looking forward to going to Emirates Stadium. You didn’t really see much of it in the first game, because Arsenal had the ball for so long, but Orient do like to play football. They were a little bit disappointed that they couldn’t put on a better show when they got the ball. They feel the Emirates pitch will suit them and they will try and play their football when they get it.