Consistency and momentum is key for Kitch

Leyton Orient v Forest Green Rovers – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview

Three Sky Bet League Two victories on the spin has elevated Leyton Orient into the top seven, just three points shy of the automatic promotion places.

Peter Kitchen, like most O’s fans just now, is optimistic about the East Londoners chances. However, overriding thoughts of ‘we’ve been here before’ ensure that caution-over-confidence remains foremost in the former frontman’s mind.

The O’s now have another opportunity to make inroad when fellow promotion-hopefuls, Forest Green Rovers are the visitors to E10 on Saturday. The Gloucestershire outfit two points above Ross Embleton’s men in fourth place.

“We have been here before and raised expectations twice previously this season, only to let ourselves down through inconsistency, failing to build on the momentum and losing the initiative, so its fingers crossed that its third time lucky,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“I think we rode our luck against Salford and Morecambe – both missing gilt-edge opportunities to change the outcome. Indeed, in all honesty, the performance against Morecambe was ponderous. But we got the three points on both occasions and that is the most important thing.

“Having seen off that pair, adding Forset Green would be a massive scalp and send out a message to the other sides around the play-off places that Orient mean business.”

Kitchen continued: “No one in the division seems capable of pulling away from the rest of the pack or stringing a big run together. With only nine points separating the top twelve teams, the O’s are in a very good position to push on and cement a playoff place.

“It won’t be easy and I’m expecting a lively game as I think that Forest Green will mix it physically, sit deep and get men behind the ball in a bid to bounce back from a midweek defeat at Tranmere.

“But having lost just once in nine outings, Forest Green must be taken seriously. They have become the league’s draw specialists, but I think this might be a good time for the O’s to play them, especially with our home form so impressive.

“Ross had added Dan kemp and Nick Freeman to the squad from West Ham and Wycombe Wanderers respectively. There is growing confidence that promotion is not out of the question.

“We need to take on board lessons from the Morecambe game. Be more direct, get the ball forward quicker. A win will go some way to proving the doubters wrong. But I’d be a shade more confident if Danny Johnson was fit.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-1 Forest Green Rovers
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-0 Forest Green Rovers


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