Kitch calls on O’s to enhance their growing reputation

Leyton Orient v Northampton Town – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

Following a near-perfect Easter period, Peter Kitchen has urged Leyton Orient to enhance their growing reputation under Richie Wellens with another stylish performance when high-flying Northampton Town visit E10 on Saturday.

The O’s ruthlessly saw off Scunthorpe United and Swindon Town over the Bank Holiday and Kitch insisted they are ready for the next challenge: “This is the perfect stage for the O’s to showcase our skills and growing confidence. It’s also an opportunity to send a statement of intent that we will be a force to be reckoned with next season,” he told Yellow Sport.

I would use the analogy that we are a team out of hospital and on the mend, thriving on a new treatment plan and with all the vital signs showing that we are getting better week on week. This weekend’s game will be a health check of our progress under the guidance of Dr Wellens.

“Fourth-placed Northampton Town will provide a real test for us. The Cobblers’ have been fairly consistent for most of the season and in amongst the leading group of teams for much of the time.

“It is very tight at the top of Sky Bet League Two. No team can afford to slip up, so the final issues of automatic promotion and the play-off places will go right to the wire. Northampton are no different. They desperately need all three points to clinch an automatic promotion place and maintain their challenge and with only three games left to play, they will be really feeling the pressure.”

The former frontman continued: “Northampton will most likely try to stifle the O’s newfound exuberance, disrupt our rhythm and contain our attacking intent, hoping to hit us on the break. If we can get our noses in front with an early goal, the game will open up which should suit us.

“Our visitors are by no means unbeatable though, especially in our current vein of form and we have nothing to fear. I hope to see us continue playing on the front foot with a high press and tempo and take the game to the Cobblers.

“We are solid at the back, have rekindled our spirit of togetherness as a team and up front with Smyth, Archibald, Sotiriou, Drinan and Smith we have some explosive firepower, giving Wellens plenty of attacking options.

“A win would be beneficial as we continue to build our momentum, but the result for us is less important than the performance. Orient must give the fans a performance to match their raised expectations.

“We have seen enough false dawns over the years. Even earlier this year in mid-December, we were inextricably let down by the teams’ loss of form and direction, but I am very hopeful that this will not be the case on Saturday.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-1 Northampton Town
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-1 Northampton Town

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