Braver Orient are impressing Kitch

Leyton Orient v Bolton Wanderers – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview

Peter Kitchen’s cap has been well and truly doffed towards Ross Embleton and his Leyton Orient side of late.

Seven points from nine on offer has kickstarted the O’s season and set them up nicely for Saturday’s clash with an improving Bolton Wanderers side at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Nevertheless, despite the sizable improvement, the former frontman insisted the Trotters will be no pushover when they visit E10.

“It’s certainly a match we must be wary of,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport

“I believe Bolton will provide stiffer opposition than their league position might suggest. They drew with free-scoring Cambridge United as wells as with a battling Barrow side. They also go into the game of the back of a win over Bradford City – confidence will undoubtedly be high.

“But Orient haven’t done too bad either. A creditable draw with a decent Exeter City side backed up those two away wins at Tranmere and Stevenage. The improvement has coincided with a more offensive attitude and minimal team changes which have been very refreshing to see.

Kitchen continued: “I believe the settled team with Jobi McAnuff pulling the strings in midfield has given us far more of an attacking purpose, better cohesion and a better understanding amongst the group about their roles in the team.

“I believe that there is more in the tank from this group of players, with the right focus and attacking intensity. The Bolton game provides us with an opportunity to extend the run and enhance further this rich vein of recent form, hopefully, helping us kick-on up the League Two table.

“I still believe that Ross could be bolder and braver in his selection. Using James Brophy at left-back is a waste of the lads’ talent – he could be better deployed running at opposition defenders in the final third. Allied with Jordan Maguire-Drew on the right flank, there would be enough offensive flair and ability to cause any team in this league problems and provide the service for Danny Johnson and Ruel Sotiriou to thrive off.

“I’m expecting goals in this game and hope the O’s can come out on top. But having predicted the scoreline correctly in my last two Yellow Sport columns, I’m sitting on the fence this time.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-2 Bolton Wanderers
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

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