Leyton Orient v Mansfield Town – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen is finding it difficult not to get excited over Leyton Orient’s prospects just now.
Progress in domestic cup competitions, league points on the board and now a mouthwatering Carabao Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur booked following Tuesday evenings sensational comeback victory over Plymouth Argyle.
And the former O’s striker fully expects Ross Embleton’s men to continue their recent upsurge when Mansfield Town are the visitors in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday.
Speaking to Yellow Sport ahead of the Stags visit to E10, Kitchen enthused: “I know its early in the season, but the feel-good factor at the club continues to transfer itself on to the pitch. There’s a real togetherness amongst the players, with the team building momentum that could signal a promotion challenge.
“At Oldham, O’s looked well organised and solid at the back, we are also creating chances at the other end. Then on Tuesday against Plymouth, we showed another dimension, fighting back from two goals down to earn a shot at Jose Mourinho and Spurs.
Kitchen continued: “In Danny Johnson, we have found a forward who can be a focal point. If he gets service, quickly and often, he will continue to score bags of goals. He already has four in four, including late winners in each of the last two games.”
Kitchen held little hope for visitors, Mansfield, adding: “They have conceded seven goals in their opening three matches without finding the net themselves – they might feel like sacrificial lambs to the slaughter just now?
“Mansfield have an honest manager in Graham Coughlan, who has made a few signings during the break. However, they don’t appear to have yet found any rhythm or balance and they are there for the taking.
“It is likely they will try to end their poor start by parking the bus and getting men behind the ball. But taking into account their start and the O’s momentum and confidence, I think we will be far too strong.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 3-0 Mansfield Town
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-0 Mansfield Town