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3rd September 2004 
Leyton Orient
At Aggborough
4/9/04 3:00pm
This is going to be the first chance we get to compare the best two young keepers in the League.  In the Red corner is our very own John Danby and in the, er, other Red corner is Glenn Morris.

John's the oldest by three months but Morris has been on the scene since he made his debut against us at the end of the 01-02 season when he played a blinder in a 0-1 win against us at Aggy.

I've followed his career ever since and have always thought that one day he'll be playing for a Premiership club.  Now I can say the same about our own keeper because ever since he burst onto the scene at Scunthorpe towards the end of last season his stature and reputation has grown and grown and he is now widely believed to be one of the hottest prospects in League Two.

In our 2-0 home defeat against Wycombe last Saturday there were six Premiership scouts watching him.  I don't think the result was seen to be his fault and they must have gone away mightily impressed.

It's just the rest of the side that's letting him, and us, down and after that shocking result at Bury on Monday someone out there has got to buck their ideas up, and sharpish.

They have spent their time blaming themselves and others on the official website this week but on Saturday they have got to start working together, as mates and as a team.

We'll be without Micky Mellon for this one following his sending off at Bury so I expect Richie Appleby to start this game for the first time this term.  Jesper will continue to ply his flawed trade by himself up front because I can't see him getting any help.  Scott Rickards is destined never to play for us again, mainly because he definitely looks to be out of favour, so it's just Ian Foster and Simon Brown out wide.

There is an outside chance of Youssou Diop (calf injury) making a return to the side and an even farther outside chance of Christie (foot) getting a kick but not for Abdou Sall (mystery injury again?) and Reuben Hazell (knee op).

Orient come to us fresh from a home win against Rochdale and will be looking to add to that against us.  They'll be doing it with a fully fit squad apart from long termer, John McGrath, who will be out until November with a knee injury.

They added the ex Shrew and Oxford striker Lee Steele to their books during the close season and he's responded with three goals in seven games for them.  Also playing for them still is Gary Alexander but he has yet to score this season.

We are now third from bottom in the League and our fate is in our own hands.  It's up to the players to make sure they perform against the Orient and to the best of their ability.  We know they have it in them.


Harriers from:
Danby, D Lewis, Burton, Hatswell, Viveash, McHale, Advice-Desruisseaux, Jenkins, Appleby, Keates, Diop, Christiansen, Gleeson, Brown, Rickards, Foster, Russell, Roberts.

Leyton Orient from:
Morris, Harrison, Barnard, Lockwood, Simpson, White, Carlisle, Hunt, Alexander, Steele, Scott, P Jones, B Jones, Miller, Ibehre, Peters, Newey, Zakuani, Saah, Duncan.
Previous games against Orient
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
2 - 1
1 - 1
2002 - 03
3 - 2
0 - 0
2001 - 02
0 - 1
3 - 1
2000 - 01
2 - 1
0 - 0

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