Salford City v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Peninsula Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
I think it’s fair to say that Peter Kitchen, along with a number of Leyton Orient supporters, can’t wait to see the back of the 2020/21 Sky Bet League Two campaign.
Managerial changes, indifferent form and uninspiring football left the former frontman frustrated on several occasions. He is now hoping that a summer of rebuilding and recharging will allow the East Londoners an opportunity to challenge for promotion come next season.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to play-off contenders, Salford City, Kitchen told Yellow Sport: “Although the outcome is of little significance to us, it’s massive for the home side who are still playing for a place in the top seven.
“Salford are currently ninth and must win to stand any chance of leapfrogging Forest Green and Exeter, who sit immediately above them.
“It is out of the home sides’ hands, but they are fully aware that they have to pick up the three points and would need to win by a significant margin to overtake Exeter, should the West Countrymen slip against Barrow. Orient must be honest and professional in their approach, with other clubs’ fate inadvertently in their hands.”
Kitchen continued: “It’s also a very important day for Interim boss, Jobi McAnuff. He will want to finish the season with a flourish and give the owners something to think about ahead of making a permanent managerial appointment at Brisbane Road.
“Although we are certain to finish in a respectable mid-table position, achieving the clubs’ initial objectives for this season, there has been disappointment amongst fans with the quality of the football served up. Very little has changed since we parted company with Ross Embleton. There is a feeling that this group could have achieved so much more, but we failed to recognise the opportunities and build on the momentum at key stages of the season.
“And that leaves a massive rebuilding job for whoever takes over at the helm with the first task securing the services of three or four key players who are out of contract and need to be persuaded that the club is ambitious to progress.
“I believe the owners have achieved huge respect for the way they have managed the club through a difficult financial situation against a backdrop of the pandemic. The managerial appointment will be hugely significant and will be scrutinised by the supporters who want to see Orient challenging for promotion and playing exciting, entertaining football.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Salford City 4-2 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Salford City 1-1 Leyton Orient