Kitch reflects on a positive and promising campaign for O’s

Brian Jeeves

Leyton Orient v Fleetwood Town – Sky Bet League One – Gaughan Group Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

The season might be drawing to a conclusion, but that hasn’t dampened Peter Kitchen’s spirit after witnessing a hugely satisfactory first season back in Sky Bet League One for Leyton Orient.

The East Londoners host Fleetwood Town in their penultimate league fixture: “It can best be described as a very positive and promising campaign back in League One,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.

“We are currently in tenth place and with just two games left. We are very likely to stay there unless we were to lose both this game and away at Shrewsbury next week. We have a three and four-point gap respectively to Northampton and Exeter who coincidently play each other this Saturday and a tenth-placed finish would certainly be seen in a positive light by the club’s ownership and the fans.”

Kitchen continued: “Richie Wellens will want to sign off the home campaign in front of the O’s fans with a good solid performance and hopefully a win and he will demand this from his players. 

“He’ll probably pick the strongest side he has available for this game and maybe use the last game away at Shrewsbury to play some of his fringe and younger players as he turns his attention already to next season. 

“Finishing the season on a high by playing well and winning games is always a good feeling at a club for both players and fans because they take the momentum, optimism and positive vibes into the new season and I’m sure this will be reflected in a surge of season ticket renewals in the coming weeks.

“There may be little at stake for the O’s in this game in terms of points and the team is under no pressure of a must-win situation, but we do have a responsibility to the fans, their Manager, teammates and other clubs in the mix to still give their all in this game.”

Kitchen concluded: “Our opponents, Fleetwood Town, have struggled for most of the season, are second from bottom and following several mid-week games involving all the relegation-threatened teams, they look almost certainly destined for League Two. 

“Their crushing 4-1 defeat at promotion-chasing Peterborough United ended almost any hopes of avoiding the drop and with Burton losing at home to Cheltenham and Port Vale’s home defeat against Wycombe, there is now a six-point gap between Fleetwood and fifth-bottom Burton Albion with only two games left to play. 

“Psychologically, it will be very difficult for Charlie Adam, manager since the turn of the year, to lift his players and if the O’s can reproduce their recent form shown against Cheltenham, then they should give the fans a winning performance in E10.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-1 Fleetwood Town

Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-0 Fleetwood Town

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Brian Jeeves

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