Kitch calls for continued momentum from O’s

Sutton United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Gander Green Lane – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

Peter Kitchen is expecting another open and entertaining Sky Bet League Two encounter when Leyton Orient head to Sutton United on Saturday.

The in-form O’s have only lost once in nine matches, while the home side simply must win to keep alive any lingering hopes of a play-off place.

Speaking to Yellow Sport ahead of the Gander Green Lane clash, the former frontman explained: “Sutton has perhaps been a bit of a surprise package this season, carrying forward the momentum gained from last season’s National League title success.

“Manager Matt Gray has done a tremendous job. After a slow start, they managed to get up to speed and have since competed well in the division. They have been in amongst the upper regions for much of the season and despite currently sitting in eleventh place, they are only three points behind Tranmere in seventh.

“On top of that, they played out a thrilling Papa John’s Trophy final against League One leaders, Rotherham United at Wembley last week before losing 4-2 in extra-time.

“While Sutton still harbour hopes of a top-seven finish, we will be hoping to catch them with a Wembley hangover. Nevertheless, O’s will have to be at their very best to get anything from the game.”

Kitchen continued: “Richie Wellens will be looking for more of the same from the team following our excellent 2-0 win at Walsall. It was a much-improved performance after the defeat at Oldham. The overall work rate and high press were evident. It provided more defensive protection, earning us a clean sheet in a game we controlled for long periods.

“Notably, Wellens selected a stronger, more experienced line-up for the Walsall game and whilst he still needs to make some decisions about certain players and further assess the strength of his squad, it might be more advantageous to make changes in a more controlled way, with substitutions rather than making wholesale changes to his line up which is likely to disrupt the sides rhythm and their newfound confidence.

“It may not seem crucial whether the O’s finish nineteenth or fifteenth. However, for me, it is still very important that we continue to win matches, build momentum and confidence, and finish the season with a flourish.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Sutton United 2-2 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Sutton United 1-1 Leyton Orient

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