Fleetwood Town are back on home soil against Leyton Orient this Saturday in Sky Bet League One, and we have everything you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Leyton Orient
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 30 September 2023
Kick-off: 3pm (BST)
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Ave, Fleetwood, FY7 6SP
It was a difficult start to life as Fleetwood Town boss for Lee Johnson after a 0-3 defeat at home to Oxford United in his first game in charge, with the new gaffer having to watch from the stands as he continues to serve a touchline suspension.
However, following a positive display in a 1-1 draw away at Burton last week, Johnson will be hoping his side can push on and claim all three points when they return to Highbury Stadium on Saturday. A stunning strike from Junior Quitirna gave Town a share of the points, after Joe Powell opened the scoring for Burton after finishing the rebound following his penalty been saved by Jay Lynch.
Experienced defender Ben Heneghan made his Cod Army debut at the Pirelli Stadium after joining the club in midweek. In the game, striker Promise Omochere returned to the starting line-up for first time in over a month.
Fleetwood still search for their first league win of the season but will take great confidence from last week’s football under Johnson, as the new gaffer continues to try and implement his fresh ideas and a new philosophy into his sides’ play over the coming games.
Following promotion last season, the O’s have enjoyed a positive return to League One football, with wins over Cambridge, Exeter and most recently a 1-0 triumph over Shrewsbury last weekend. Richie Wellens’ side sit 15th having also drawn two and lost four, but they will be hoping to make it back-to-back victories when they head to FY7 this weekend.
Experienced boss Wellens has enjoyed several successes throughout his managerial career, guiding Orient to the Sky Bet League Two title last season, having also previously done so with Swindon Town during the 2019-20 campaign. The accomplished head coach also spent time in charge of Oldham Athletic, Salford City and Doncaster Rovers before becoming Orient boss, and enjoyed a successful playing career as a midfielder.
Looking at the O’s squad, it’s Cypriot winger Ruel Sotiriou who’s been the difference maker so far this season, netting the winner in their victories over both Shrewsbury and Exeter, the latter in the 92nd minute, and has managed four goals in nine league games.
The Cod Army are unbeaten against Leyton Orient, with the two sides having only previously met twice competitively – both in Sky Bet League One in the 2014/15 season.
The first of those matches came in the form of a 1-1 draw at Highbury back in August 2014, with Steven Dobbie firing in an 83rd minute equaliser in front of the Memorial Stand – cancelling out Darius Henderson’s first-half header.
In the reverse fixture, then Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander saw his team claim a 1-0 win at Brisbane Road, courtesy of 46th minute Garth Evans effort - in the most recent encounter between the two teams.
Fleetwood will be hoping to carry that unbeaten record through into Saturday’s encounter.
THE MANAGER'S THOUGHT AHEAD OF THE GAME
Manager Lee Johnson recently spoke to the media ahead of this weekend’s fixture, here’s what he had to say:
“We love playing at home and know that games there will be massive for us moving forward from now until the end of the season and I’m looking forward to the fans seeing the progress that’s been made.
“The supporters who went to Burton were superb in their voice and they created a vibrant atmosphere which I want to bring back home.
“From a playing side, we need to make sure we give the supporters that feeling of progression and will build a performance on top of that. I thought the defensive organisation was much better, the distance covered, and the body language was better at Burton. We defended the box well from their threats and now it’s about having more runs of attacks.
“When you build an attack, you’ve also got to have that defensive structure, so there are a lot of intricacies we’ve been working on and it’s important that they come out. The boys have worked hard so it’s about finding the balance between allowing them to build themselves as an athlete, but also being fresh for the performance.”
IFOLLOW PASSES AVAILABLE FOR THE GAME
On the day of the game, there will be two matchday packages available for both overseas and, one for UK-based supporters.
Those who live outside the United Kingdom, or who are on holiday can watch the full 90 minutes with commentary provided by our media partners, BBC Radio Lancashire.
For Fleetwood fans who are based in the United Kingdom, you will only be able to listen to the full match due to the broadcasting rights and regulations with the EFL.
Here are the two iFollow passes available for you to buy:
Audio Match Pass - £2.50 (U.K & Overseas)
Video Match Pass - £10 (Overseas)
If you want to buy a package for the rest of the season and save money overall, you can find the full details by heading over to our iFollow page. Support Fleetwood Town wherever you are in the world.
Ticket prices start from £22 for an Adult to stand behind the goal, with Seniors & Under-25s costing £17 and those Under-16s starting from £7 - there will be an additional cost for those who want a seat on matchday in either the Highbury or Parkside Stand - click HERE to buy online!
Don’t worry if you can't buy online, you can also pop into the club shop at Highbury from 9am Monday to Friday to get them in person if you prefer - we will even be open on matchdays!
If supporters wish to call the Ticket Office for further details, please call 01253 775080 (Option 1) to speak to a member of the team. You can also head down to Highbury to get your tickets in-store.