Kitch looking for an O’s response at Harrogate

Harrogate Town v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – EnviroVent Stadium – Tuesday 7pm – Preview

Defeat at Cheltenham Town on Saturday has put a dent in Leyton Orient’s outside hopes of a Sky Bet League Two play-off place. However, former frontman, Peter Kitchen insisted there is still plenty for interim boss, Jobi McAnuff to get his teeth into as he looks to shape the East Londoners immediate future.

The O’s head to a Harrogate Town side on Tuesday evening that is without a win in six and whom they brushed aside at the Breyer Group Stadium earlier in the campaign thanks to a Danny Johnson hat-trick.

“Jobi’s immediate thoughts will be to bounce back,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“He will be looking for a strong response from the players. We have six matches to play – the emphasis is on finishing with a flourish and proving he is the man to take Orient forward in a Permanent capacity.

“I think there was a lot to learn from the Cheltenham defeat. The hosts provided a different style and approach – not necessarily pretty, but certainly effective. The result moved them to the top of the table – the performance reminiscent of Graham Taylor’s Watford and Dave Basset’s Wimbledon, both of who used this system to great effect.

“Our defence and keeper VIgeroux were battered and pressurised relentlessly by the Robins – getting the ball into the box at every opportunity, trying to force errors and bully our backline. As I said, if utilised correctly, it can be a useful tactic in the harsh world of League Two.”
Kitchen turned his attention to the trip north, adding: “The Sulphurites form couldn’t be in more contrast to that of Cheltenham. No wins in six, losing five. They are currently in seventeenth place but are safe from relegation. Once again, it is a game where professional pride is at stake and allows Orient to get back on the horse so to speak and get a win.

“While a play-off place is still mathematically possible, albeit unlikely, experimenting might still be off the radar for Jobi. But he needs the team to find more creativity and options going forward If we are to get a better balance between defence and attack. Nevertheless, I do believe the O’s will win this one.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Harrogate Town 0-2 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Harrogate Town 1-2 Leyton Orient

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