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23 February 2021

Match Previews


23 February 2021

The Bantams look to make it three wins in three matches - when hosting Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday evening.

The O’s are winless in their last five matches and have not won at the Utilita Energy Stadium since 2008, when they knocked City out of the Emirates FA Cup, winning 2-1.

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side have lost one game of their last 11 matches and could climb above Orient with victory.

We have compiled all of the key information you will need to know ahead of the meeting with the East London based outfit.


Leyton Orient made four signings in January, as two players departed the club on loan.

INS: Dan Kemp (West Ham United), Nick Freeman (Wycombe Wanderers, loan), Adam Thompson (Rotherham United), Tristan Abrahams (Newport County, loan).

OUTS: Jordan Maguire-Drew (Crawley Town, loan), Myles Judd (Barnet, loan). 


Danny Johnson

Johnson signed for the East London outfit in January 2020 and has impressed since his arrival. The striker has bagged 17 goals in all competitions this season, making him Sky Bet League Two’s third-top goalscorer.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed spells at Motherwell and Dundee, however his best scoring record came at Gateshead - where he netted 44 goals in 110 appearances - between 2015 and 2018.

Josh Coulson

32-year-old Coulson has been a key part of Orient’s backline since joining the club from Cambridge United - scoring eight goals throughout the 2018/19 campaign. 

Coulson spent 11 years at the Abbey Stadium, making over 300 appearances. During his time with the U’s he achieved promotion to the EFL when his side beat Gateshead 2-1 in the 2014 National League Play-Off Final. He achieved the same feat with Leyton Orient in 2019 - captaining his side to become National League champions.

Conor Wilkinson

Wilkinson started off his career at Bolton in 2013 and has since turned out for 10 different clubs, including Dagenham and Redbridge, Newport County and Barnsley.

The 26-year-old striker joined Orient in 2019 and was a regular in the side last season. Wilkinson has also represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level.

Dan Happe

Happe came through the academy at Leyton Orient and made his first senior appearance for the club away at Cambridge United in April 2017. Whilst with the club, he enjoyed a brief loan spell with Histon where he made two league appearances.

The East London-born defender became a regular in the O’s National League title-winning campaign during 2018/19. Happe has made over 100 appearances for Ross Embleton’s side and scored the winning goal against the Bantams earlier this season.


Jobi McAnuff has racked up over 650 career appearances since his professional debut with Wimbledon in 2000.

He has gone on to play in all four of England’s top divisions, including a successful spell at Reading, where he got promoted to the Premier League.

The experienced midfielder has also represented Jamaica 32 times, scoring one goal in the process. This is McAnuff’s second spell at the O’s, after spending two seasons with the club from 2014 until 2016.


Ross Embleton was appointed head coach of Leyton Orient in January 2020, following a successful spell as first-team coach where he helped earn promotion to Sky Bet League Two. 

Aged 39, Embleton is one of the youngest managers in the EFL. He has been at Orient since 2017, when he began as interim head coach. 


Dan Kemp’s 63rd-minute strike cancelled out David Worrall’s opener - as the O’s battled to 1-1 draw against Port Vale at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Leyton Orient 1 (Dan Kemp 63’)

Port Vale 1 (David Worrall 47’)

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday February 20

Orient: Vigouroux, Akinola, Thompson, Happe, Brophy, Freeman, Cissé, McAnuff, Wilkinson, Johnson, Kemp (Abrahams 80').

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