Kitch: Mindset must continue to match momentum

Forest Green Rovers v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – The New Lawn – Tuesday 7pm – Preview

It’s all been going quite swimmingly for Leyton Orient of late.

Much-improved performances have led to four unbeaten Sky Bet League Two matches, the most recent, a four-goal drubbing of Bolton Wanderers, suggesting the O’s have the tools to mount and sustain a push for promotion.

Of course, former O’s frontman and Yellow Sport columnist, Peter Kitchen, is delighted to see the popular East London outfit on the up but has warned against complacency derailing their attempt to break into the top seven and remain amongst the movers and shakers towards the summit.

Currently situated in midtable, a win at sixth-placed Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday evening could see the O’s jump into the play-off places if other results went their way.

“It’s an exciting prospect,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“The football hs been terrific of late. Orient have displayed attacking intent and have established a reasonably settled starting line-up – huge credit to Ross Embleton and the team for that.

“Clearly we are capable of competing in terms of quality. That has been clear over the four games. Momentum is a key aspect of putting together a run, but now we must ensure the focus and mindset remains strong so we don’t get caught cold.

“Forest Green offers a test of all of those credentials. They are also pushing for promotion and in this case, are looking to bounce back from a derby defeat to Cheltenham Town at the weekend. We have to go there with the same mindset but wary of the pitfalls.”

Kitchen continued: “This could turn out to be an interesting encounter because, like Orient, Forest Green like to see plenty of the ball, leading to a very open contest with plenty of chances.

“I think we all know, asking the O’s to go through the rest of the season without losing is unrealistic. But maintaining the standards recently set is more than achievable. And with all those qualities constantly polished and preserved, there’s no reason why we can’t talk positively about being in the upper echelons of the league for the majority of the season.

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Leyton Orient

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