Walsall v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Bank’s Stadium – Tuesday 7:45pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen outlined the importance of Leyton Orient bringing something back from the Banks’s Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The O’s face a Walsall side unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two and yet just a single point ahead of the East Londoners a month and a half into the campaign.
“At this stage of the season, everyone is only a couple of victories from the play-off places or a couple of defeats away from the relegation zone – it’s important Orient don’t fall too far away from the former,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“We’ve only lost one game and a win in the Black Country will lift us within a point of the top seven, although a point against a resolute Walsall side would be a decent return and keeps the momentum up.
Kitchen used an old rival to highlight the importance of building a head of steam during the seasons’ infancy: “Momentum is an important commodity, especially at the moment. I know O’s fans might raise an eyebrow, but If you take Southend as an example. They’ve had a difficult start to the season with a very young, inexperienced team and are close to the bottom. But they’ve got draws in their last two games against decent sides who had recorded successive wins – confidence improves amongst the group – and even in their position, three points now could carry them halfway up the table.
“But this is all about Orient and that is how we have to be – single-minded. We have a potent goal threat in Danny Johnson and a decent spirit in the group which is vital.
“On the flip-side, we chase the game too often for my liking. We need to eradicate that – take charge of games – get in front and give the opposition that problem.
“Walsall will provide a tough test, but no more so than Barrow, Mansfield or Cheltenham. The players must go there believing they can get a result and above all, believe they are capable of mixing it with the top seven and not those at the other end of the table.
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Walsall 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Walsall 0-0 Leyton Orient