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Carlisle United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Brunton Park – Tuesday 6:30pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen, along with Jobi McAnuff and everyone connected with Leyton Orient is calling for more of the same from the East Londoners when they head to Carlisle United on Tuesday evening.
The O’s face a Cumbrian outfit that has slipped off the pace in the race for a Sky Bet League Two play-off berth, but who on their day still provides a considerable threat.
Nevertheless, Kitch insisted there were signs of encouragement during the O’s notable win over Newport County at the Cardiff City Stadium, suggesting McAnuff’s influence might well be getting through to the players.
“Jobi’s team looked to have more balance against the Welshmen, offering more of an attacking threat, whilst defensively we looked more solid and better organised,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“We need more of the same, collectively as a team. It will be a tough test against a Carlisle side who must win to get back amongst the chasing pack.
“Carlisle have dropped to eleventh, seven points behind Newport in the final play-off place. However, they have three games in hand and despite losing at Stevenage on Saturday, they impressively saw off Bradford City by three goals to one in their last home game.”
Kitchen continued: “Jobi is likely to keep the same system which, apart from the Exeter game, looks tighter at the back. But I do believe that longer-term, we will need to strike a better balance of the defensive to offensive switch and be more adventurous if we are to dominate and win more games.
“I would also like to see Jobi being more flexible in the remaining games and to try other systems because my experiences have shown me that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ when you’re trying to get the best out of a group of players and the opposition changes every week with every team offering different threats and opportunities.
“I said after Saturdays win, there were some green shoots of something more positive. If Jobi can build on these then there might be cause for optimism for the remaining games of the season.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Carlisle United 2-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Carlisle United 1-1 Leyton Orient