Leyton Orient travel to Hartlepool United for final away trip of campaign

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Kevin Lisbie will be looking to continue his goalscoring form tomorrow. Picture: Simon O'Connor Kevin Lisbie will be looking to continue his goalscoring form tomorrow. Picture: Simon O'Connor

ORIENT play their final away fixture of the campaign this weekend as they make the long journey north to Hartlepool United.

Victory for the O’s would confirm their League One status for next season, with Russell Slade’s side currently four points clear of the drop zone going into their final two fixtures.

Orient have enjoyed a greater points haul on their travels this season, and Kevin Lisbie is hoping they can sign off their away schedule in style with an all-important three points.

The striker said: “I thought we did well against Sheffield United until we went down to ten men. I think our away form is quite decent and I don’t think Hartlepool have got anything to play for.

“Hopefully we can go there and get a win and secure our place in the league.”

The O’s have been disappointing at Brisbane Road this season but in taking on Pools, they will face a side with an identical home record.

United have tasted victory in front of their own fans just five times in the league, scoring a mere 19 goals in the process.

Asked about tomorrow’s hosts’ home form, Lisbie replied: “Let’s not jinx that.

“It all boils down to one game – who wants it the most? Looking at the lads today, I think we are going to want it a little bit more and hopefully that will get us the win.”

While the O’s are without a win in six games, Neale Cooper’s side have also struggled of late.

Their last victory came a month ago when they returned home from Yeovil Town with a 1-0 win, but they have since gone five games without tasting success.

That run has seen them pick up a point from clashes with Colchester United, Brentford and Tranmere Rovers, while losing to both Chesterfield and Sheffield United.

Visits to Victoria Park have offered mixed levels of success for the E10 side in recent years but Slade’s men will no doubt be hoping for a repeat of last season’s trip, when a solitary Jimmy Smith goal proved the difference between the two.

When the sides met at Brisbane Road earlier in the campaign, Dean Cox gave Orient the advantage but Neil Austin’s second-half penalty ensured the points were shared.

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