Peter Kitchen: ‘Ultimately it is what the team can produce on the pitch that will define their season’ - Leyton Orient v Grimsby Town (Saturday 3pm) - Preview
By Brian Jeeves
PETER KITCHEN hopes that troubled Leyton Orient can build on the impressive 4-0 hammering they handed out to Newport County last weekend.
The O’s gave themselves a lifeline in the battle to avoid relegation from Sky Bet League Two, and despite their off-field issues, Kitchen believed that result in south Wales was the perfect tonic.
Speaking to Yellow Sport ahead of the Mariners visit to Brisbane Road, Kitchen said: “Grimsby haven’t been in great form themselves. This is a great opportunity for Orient to close the gap on relegation rivals, Notts County and Hartlepool United, who play each other on the same day.
“This has certainly been a tumultuous week for the O’s. The Leyton Orient Fans Trust have raised over £60,000 in a bid to rescue the club from administration. Meanwhile, rumours are rife that the owner has paid the outstanding tax bill and that an American company have tabled a bid to buy the club. If true, this is a huge positive for the futures of Orient.”
Nevertheless, Kitchen urged the focus to return to football, adding: “Ultimately it is what the team can produce on the pitch that will define their season. The O’s still have a mountain to climb in order to avoid dropping into the National League. I’ve said it before, but this is once again a ‘must win’ game for Orient’s young team.
“O’s follow this fixture with a trip to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday. Both games are winnable and after the euphoria of last weeks super result, everyone at the club believes they can still climb away from trouble.”