Kitch expecting a professional job from in-form O’s

Oldham Athletic v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Boundary Park – Tuesday (7:45pm) – Preview

Leyton Orient can count on a fair bit of moral support when they head to the North West to take on relegation-haunted Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

Unbeaten in seven matches, the East Londoners are all but safe from the drop. Nevertheless, Tuesday’s encounter will draw interest from Stevenage, Barrow, Rochdale and perhaps to a lesser extent, Colchester who will all profit from an O’s victory.

“We can’t go there with minds on the beach,” former frontman, Peter Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“Although I believe we are safe, the integrity of the league is at stake. On top of that, and for me, more importantly, we have a feel-good factor back and need to keep the momentum.

“Richie Wellens has already installed one or two qualities into the group. We have belief, confidence and a plan. Commodities which were missing not so long ago. We must continue to build a platform and provide evidence that we mean business ahead of next season.

Kitchen continued: “Oldham have lost six on the bounce, while we are going there looking like a completely different side. Of course, we mustn’t take anything for granted. We have a lot more quality than Oldham, but they are fighting for their lives and will be aware that a win will lift them out of the bottom two at the expense of Stevenage.

“But if it becomes a game of attack versus defence, then I can only see one winner. Ruel Sotiriou had flourished under Wellens, while Paul Smyth, Harry Smith and Aaron Drinan have been amongst the goals in recent games as the belief returned and we started to play a little more expansively.

“Unsurprisingly, I expect Orient to take the three points. The mindset is different. We are playing like a team challenging for a play-off place as opposed to one looking to move further away from the relegation places.

“I know that it’s frustrating for the supporters. I recall this level of expectation at the start of the season. But I think we can be a little more optimistic this time. We have a manager who knows the league and a squad fully aware that they have underachieved over the past few months.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Oldham Athletic 0-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Oldham Athletic 0-2 Leyton Orient

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