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Peter Kitchen was delighted to see Leyton Orient return to winning ways during the week, albeit in the altogether more subdued surroundings of the EFL Trophy.
The O’s recorded a 2-0 success over AFC Wimbledon at the Breyer Group Stadium, the perfect tonic after a disappointing return to Sky Bet League Two action against an impressive Cheltenham Town outfit last weekend.
“We needed to play and win,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“It was a chance to sweep away the cobwebs. You win and lose as a squad and although there were changes, the feelgood factor from winning does rub off on everyone. It will be a confidence booster ahead of two tricky trips to Barrow and Walsall within the space of four days.
“The Wimbledon game gave the players another opportunity to shake off any lingering COVID effects. However, we now face a different challenge against a Barrow side keen to get their first league win of the season after returning to the EFL after a 50-year absence.”
Kitchen expects the O’s to face a rigorous test from the Cumbrians, adding: “We will have to show resolve and fighting spirit. It will be highly competitive up there against a side desperate to chalk up their first three points of the season.
“If we ended up chasing the game, I fear Barrow have enough to close it out. So defensively, Orient has to be on the money. We must start better than recent games with Mansfield and Cheltenham. Lessons need to have been learned.
“With virtually all of the squad fit and the addition of loanee defender, Tunji Akinola, from West Ham United, a couple of good results during the days ahead could carry Orient into the top half of the table and prove that last week was just a blip in what has been a promising start to the new season.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Barrow 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Barrow 2-2 Leyton Orient