City are likely to be without the services of Ian Goodison when they take on Leyton Orient in the second leg of the play-off semi-final at Brisbane Road tomorrow. He sustained a knee injury late in the first leg and had to be substituted, the knock appears to be more serious than was initially thought. Brian Little is not ruling out his chances of a speedy recovery, but it looks more than likely that the Jamaican international will not be risked. In his place will come Mark Greaves or Mark Atkins, both perfectly proficient defenders.
Apart from Goodison’s injury, City will not need to make any changes from Sunday. Whether any are made depends on who Little chooses to partner Francis up front – Rowe was selected last time out, but Eyre scored the crucial goal. Both players would be unlucky to miss out; a pleasing indication of the sudden strength in depth we have.
For Orient, they have a largely unchanged team. Andy Harris is returning to fitness, but manager Tommy Taylor may opt to stay with Steve Castle, who played at Boothferry Park. Leading scorer Griffiths is serving the final game of a three-match ban and is again unavailable, meaning youngster Jabo Ihebre will likely play again. Big things are expected of him at Brisbane Road, and he appears to be a pacy, talented forward. Orient will need him – unless they score they’re out. City’s game plan is clear – keep a clean sheet. Doing so takes us to Cardiff and the play-off final, failing to do so, and it’s easy to see City struggling to score.
The game IS all-ticket. City’s 3,000 allocation is very nearly sold out, and Orient are approaching sell-out too, meaning 13,000 should be in attendance. It’s make or break time – come on City.