Leyton Orient v Crawley Town – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview
Goals, goals, goals…
Peter Kitchen called upon Leyton Orient to pull out all the stops – the O’s responded magnificently, thumping Sky Bet League Two promotion rivals, Swindon Town by four goals to one at the Breyer Group Stadium.
“We absolutely demolished them,” Kitch enthusiastically told Yellow Sport.
“I asked the O’s the carry on our cup form from the Tranmere game and we certainly did. Quite literally swamping the Wiltshire club. It was a massive win against a side that had previously shown why they are amongst the leading pack and who hadn’t lost away from home all season
“It was a statement of intent, suggesting what we can achieve this season. But it wasn’t just the eyecatching scoreline, it was the overall performance, especially during a scintillating second half.”
Aaron Drinan and Harry Smith each scored two apiece, each taking their tally for the season to thirteen: “The pair looked dangerous whenever we broke forward,” the former frontman added.
“This allied with the excellent wing play and quality crosses from James and Archibald, the incisive midfield play from Kemp and Clay and the assuredness from the three centre backs made us look very solid and gave us real balance.
“Naturally, Kenny Jacket was very pleased with the performance. We now have the second-best goal difference in the division, just behind table-topping Forest Green Rovers. And with fellow play-off contenders, Exeter, Sutton and Harrogate all losing, we moved back into the play-off places, whilst turning E10 into a fortress that opposition teams won’t want to visit.
Orient now face Crawley Town at Brisbane Road on Saturday and Kitch has demanded more of the same from the East Londoners: “They won’t relish meeting a confident and buoyant O’s side in this sort of form,” he added.
“Crawley’s results have been inconsistent and despite picking up a point at Walsall during the week, they are in the lower half of the table. They are there for the taking.
“It’s got to be more of the same from the O’s. We have set the bar high with that level of performance. We must start well, with high intensity and replicate the attacking quality displayed on Tuesday night. If we do, and with that crowd behind us, then this is a very winnable game.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-0 Crawley Town
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 3-0 Crawley Town