Kitch keeps rolling the O’s rollercoaster

Oxford United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League One – Kassam Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

Leyton Orient’s Sky Bet League One defeat at the hands of Burton Albion came as something of a shock to Peter Kitchen, and although the former O’s frontman is aware it will be difficult to bounce back against high-flying Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, he believed the setback provided a timely reminder that the East Londoners are far from the finished article.

“I think deep down we all knew a result like this was around the corner,” he told Yellow Sport.

“But having had a bit of time to take stock, I don’t think we should become too concerned.

“The play-offs were always going to be a longshot, but we are more than holding our own in a really tough league, which is a huge plus in itself.

“Richie Wellens has begun to shape a squad, which with one or two additions could challenged for the top six next season. We should all be encouraged that the owners are looking for further investment, which will provide further stability both on and off the pitch.

“All in all, I don’t think we are in a bad place. We are just riding the Leyton Orient rollercoaster and I don’t think that will ever change.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to the Kassam Stadium, Kitchen added: “Oxford are currently in fifth place, unbeaten in six, but having drawn five of them. 

“They were twice pegged back by Northampton Town during the week. I’d expect them to be in the play-off shake-up come the end of the season, but recently, those drawn games will have come as a disappointment to U’s boss, Des Buckingham. Even winning half of those drawn matches would have opened up a significant gap over Stevenage in seventh.”

Kitchen concluded: “That might leave a chink in the Oxford armour, which an attack-minded Orient, with their minds fully focused, can take advantage of.

“Either way, it is going to be a tight encounter between two decent teams. I’d take a draw if offered it right now. I’m not sure Oxford will feel the same way.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Oxford United 1-1 Leyton Orient

Jeevesie’s prediction: Oxford United 1-0 Leyton Orient

Brian Jeeves