Crawley Town v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Broadfield Stadium – Preview
Peter Kitchen was impressed with Leyton Orient’s opening day performance against newly promoted Grimsby Town and believes the East Londoners are more than capable of doubling their Sky Bet League Two points tally when they head to Crawley Town on Saturday.
The O’s produced a dominant display against the Mariners but now come up against a Crawley side that favour possession-based football under the guidance of their new boss, Kevin Betsy.
“The game should be another good indicator of our progress and development under Richie Wellens,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“The game will be a real test of our defensive qualities, specifically, our organisation and solidarity in that department.
“A win here will help with momentum and develop a winning mentality, which at this stage is important if we are to get in amongst the early pace setters and harness the positivity that’s been building at the club in recent months.”
Kitchen continued: “Last week’s team performance was good. We created plenty of opportunities, but perhaps need to be a little more ruthless because we won the game with a penalty and a wonder strike. Situations that don’t come about every week. We must put some of the easier chances away if we are to consistently pick up the points.
“To be fair, Orient still has three central strikers Harry Smith, Aaron Drinan and highly rated loanee Charlie Kellman all to come into contention so things should improve in this dept.
Orient beat Crawley 2-0 last season at the Broadfield Stadium. A time when The Reds had just suspended their Manager, John Yems, for alleged racist abuse of his players and they had inexperienced Lewis Young as acting manager.
Crawley recovered from this setback and like the O’s, finished in a comfortable mid-table position.
“The new boss, Betsy, was appointed in June. A much-travelled player, both he and his team will be very keen to put in a performance in their first home game of the season,
Crawley lost 1-0 away at Carlisle last week. That wasn’t an easy trip. They will be desperate to get points on the board. This won’t be an easy game for the O’s, but in Smyth, Archibald and Moncur we have three match winners. If the team carry forward the cohesion and confidence we showed last week, I think we can take all three points.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Crawley Town 0-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Crawley Town 0-2 Leyton Orient