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Northampton Town v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Sixfields Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview
Peter Kitchen reflected in disappointment on a missed opportunity as Leyton Orient failed to press home their early advantage and ultimately ended up sharing the spoils with Sky Bet League Two strugglers, Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.
Of course, football always provides you with another opportunity. Nevertheless, the O’s ‘Scunthorpe bogey’ made an unwelcome return, putting pressure on Kenny Jackett’s men to get a result at promotion contenders, Northampton Town on Saturday.
“It can only be described as disappointing and frustrating and was definitely a missed opportunity for us to put ourselves right in amongst the leading teams,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“These are the games that teams with promotion aspirations should and must win, especially with the momentum we have built up in recent weeks
“Although we dominated the game for long periods, I’m concerned that the number of missed chances and lack of ruthlessness in front of goal, might return to haunt us later in the season.
“Of course, the other side of the coin is that the unbeaten run continues. We appear to be the leagues’ draw specialists with ten of our eighteen outings finishing all-square. But several of these matches should have gleaned three points – including Scunthorpe. This is the reason we are not up there with Forest Green Rovers, and it will be a concern for Jackett and his coaching staff.”
But Kitchen insisted there is still plenty to be positive about: “There’s no doubting that Kenny has transformed the team this season, turning us into a very effective unit with a solid defence, but also with a good balance of attacking intent.
“The reintroduction of Dan Kemp in recent games in central midfield, allied with their threat from the flanks which has supplied the bullets for Smith and Drinan to fire has seen them free-scoring as well.
“Orient are going in the right direction. The unbeaten run is eleven games in all competitions so there’s definitely no need for the fans to worry unduly.
“With games coming thick and fast, Saturday’s trip to Northampton gives us another opportunity. It will be an intriguing but very different game.”
On the trip to Sixfields, Kitchen added: “Northampton are fourth, three points and four places above us. They are in reasonable form and will be confident following their midweek win over Oldham Athletic.
“As the home side, they won’t want to give us any ground, the onus is on the Cobblers to take the game to us and try wining it. Personally, I think this should suit us and our defensive solidarity.
“I would love to see an O’s win, but it’s hard to call this one. With both teams keen to avoid defeat and both capable of scoring goals, I think this is a banker draw.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Northampton Town 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Northampton Town 2-2 Leyton Orient