Grimsby Town v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Blundell Park – Tuesday 7pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen reflected upon a sad and eventful few days at Leyton Orient which has seen the club pay its respects to their former defender, Glenn Roeder, who passed away on Sunday, as well as a managerial switch which has seen Jobi McAnuff step in following the departure of Ross Embleton.
It’s a lot to digest ahead of the O’s trip to relegation-threatened Grimsby Town: “Everyone at Orient is saddened by the loss of Glenn,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Hopefully, we can put in a decent performance for him on Tuesday evening, showing some of the panache he displayed as a player.
“I think the appointment of Jobi is a positive step forward. A popular figure at the club with a 25-year professional career as a player behind him. Of course, he will be the first to admit he has plenty to learn but he has already gleaned a wealth of experience as a professional footballer which I’m sure will serve him well.
“He takes charge of a team lacking in confidence, belief and without a win in seven League Two outings, scoring just two goals during that spell. However, the owners still believe there is an outside possibility of a top-seven finish.”
Kitchen continued: “It is very bold of Nigel Travis to suggest the play-offs is still within reach. Personally, I’m not so sure. But a win at Blundell Park would certainly give everyone a lift and I’m happy to be proved wrong by a group of players I believe can deliver so much more.
“Cleethorpes on a cold February evening, with a strong North Sea breeze and facing a Grimsby side battling to save themselves from relegation doesn’t sound too appealing. But Jobi and the players have an opportunity, against a side that has won just once in eleven games, to prove their worth.
“It will be interesting to see how Jobi sets us up and what system he goes with? It is an opportunity for him to put down a marker. Orient can expect a battle and they must be strong, both mentally and physically, matching the hosts.
“A win will give everyone connected with the club a huge shot in the arm, which is desperately needed at the moment. I wish Jobi all the very best as he takes his first steps as a manager and looks to set us back on the right tracks.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: GrimsbyTown 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: GrimsbyTown 0-0 Leyton Orient