A month and a half into the 23/24 season and Leyton Orient find themselves with eight points from as many games. After a shaky start, with three straight losses, The O's have battled back and have picked up two wins and two draws in their last five. Five of those points have come away from home.
In somewhat bizarre fashion, Orient have played ten games in all competitions so far, eight in the league and two in the cup, but only three of those have been at home. Wellens has outlined this unfortunate run of fixtures as his side looks to build on recent away performances. A stoppage time win away at, then top, Exeter followed by a hard earned point visiting Peterborough has pushed Orient into the middle of the pack in League One, and avoided early unrest from fans. With the amount of travelling the squad has had to do, they can now look forward to three home games in their next four fixtures.
It is imperative for Richie Wellens' side to make Brisbane Road a fortress, in which it is difficult for sides to come in and get a result, if they are to cement their position in the third tier of English football for the foreseeable future. If they do do that, and pick up the odd win and draw away from home against tough outfits, then they will be content with their position come the end of the season. And while the start was bleak, things have begun to turn around as players hit their stride and begin to gel in a slightly new look team to the one that stomped League Two last year.
Some disciplinary issues have been addressed in recent weeks as both Manager and assistant Richie Wellens and Paul Terry were fined following Orient's loss at Wycombe. Wellens has since served a touchline ban. In addition, Orient have been brandished three red cards already this campaign, two of which came against Gillingham in the EFL Trophy. So, if Orient can keep 11 men on the field, and their manager on the touchline, then there is a sense of promise in the stands. E10 will play host to games against Shrewsbury, Lincoln and Reading in the coming weeks and everyone involved at Leyton Orient will be hoping to generate a raucous atmosphere at Brisbane Road and pick up some valuable points as the season takes full swing.