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Scunthorpe United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Glanford Park – Saturday 1pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen expects Leyton Orient to extend their winning Sky Bet League Two run to four matches on Saturday but insisted that rapidly improving hosts, Scunthorpe United, shouldn’t be taken lightly.
The O’s have displayed their promotion credentials recently with victories over Harrogate, Bradford City and Port Vale. Meanwhile, the Iron – despite struggling for form at Glanford Park – have pulled clear of the dropzone after winning three of their last five Sky Bet League Two matches, including a resounding 5-2 triumph at Harrogate Town earlier this week.
“We need to be professional because this one is far from a formality,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Of course, we have momentum and should head up there confident. Our league position is encouraging and the manager appears to have settled on various aspects which are working.
“We’ve also learned how to grind a result out, proving the determination and organisation is strong amongst the group. All encouraging aspects of a side looking to win promotion.
“But we are facing a team that themselves have turned the corner. Scunthorpe are still looking over their shoulder which will make them a little anxious, particularly as they have struggled at home. We mustn’t take them lightly – stick to what we know works.
Kitchen added: “I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but everyone should now be aware that picking our best, settled team and utilising the players where they are most comfortable has paid dividends.
“Once again, for me, this one is all about how the O’s approach the game. How we are set up and the mindset of both the Head Coach and how he transmits that to his players.
“I don’t think it will be a game for the footballing purists. O’s have to show their mettle, be prepared for a battle and to mix it if necessary as we did at Port Vale. But it is a game we can win and should look to be winning.
“Ultimately, the best teams in the league, usually impose themselves on to most games and dictate the play. The O’s need to demonstrate that they can make Scunthorpe do the chasing.
This is the first of six league games and one EFL trophy tie in December which will determine the rest of Orient’s season. The league fixtures see us face sides from both ends of the table and will offer a clear indication of whether we are promotion material and can be taken seriously.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Scunthorpe United 1-2 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Scunthorpe United 0-2 Leyton Orient