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Bradford City v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Valley Parade – Tuesday 7pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen has often offered constructive criticism where Leyton Orient is concerned.
Having netted 62 goals in 127 appearances during two spells at Brisbane Road, the club has always held a special place in his heart and he’d be quick to admit that he’s as frustrated as any O’s supporter when results aren’t going the East Londoners way.
Nevertheless, despite his disappointment over the O’s form of late, the former frontman reiterated that he’s not calling for boss Ross Embleton to be relieved of his duties in E10.
“Nobody, least of all me, is advocating sacking Ross – we all want to see him and the team do well,” Kitchen explained to Yellow Sport.
“I just think he needs to learn to adapt and change a bit quicker, both tactically and mentally to the different circumstances that each game brings.
“One single game plan won’t work, especially when situations are fluid and changing all the time. I think Ross is in a privileged position managing Leyton Orient. I just think if he doesn’t make the most of it he will regret it for the rest of his career.”
Ironically, with Orient struggling for form and goals, Tuesday’s trip to a resurgent Bradford City is a situation where the O’s should air on the side of caution.
“Maybe Ross should be cautious about a system change? Three centre backs might be advisable given the current form of the opposition,” Kitchen added.
“I thought we failed to grasp a good opportunity against Port Vale, and for that matter Colchester, to get back amongst the front runners by not being brave or ambitious enough.
“But Bradford is currently a different kettle of fish. A big club that has underperformed for several years. However, they have flourished of late under the interim leadership of Mark Trueman and Connor Sellers and have picked up 24 points from the eleven games under the duos stewardship.
“The Bantams impressively saw off Cheltenham at the weekend and will leapfrog the O’s with a win at Valley Parade on Tuesday evening.
“This is a tough one. The O’s need to be prepared for a battle. But if they are strong, resolute and maintain their full concentration they could snatch a point at least.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Bradford City 2-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Bradford City 1-0 Leyton Orient