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Leyton Orient v Oldham Athletic – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
I don’t speak too soon, but it appears that Jobi McAnuff has got something stirring in E10.
The interim Leyton Orient boss – handed the reins at a time where the East Londoners were treading water, is gradually stamping his mark on the club and former frontman, Peter Kitchen, likes what he has so far seen from the experienced Jamaican International midfielder and rookie player-manager.
“Jobi’s message is getting through. Orient’s revival has been achieved based on tightening up at the back, making the team collectively more sound and difficult to breakdown,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“The return of solid players like Turley and Widdowson has been at the heart of their defensive solidarity. Following our narrow win in South Wales last Saturday, we repeated a classic smash and grab raid on Carlisle United at Brunton Park with a route-one goal from Conor Wilkinson latching on to a kick from Keeper Vigeroux to lob the late winner.
“I still think offensively the quality of the football still leaves a lot to be desired. It isn’t pretty or expansive, but if Danny Johnson can recapture his confidence, James Brophy and Hector Kyprianou come back into contention it will add more attacking options and this bodes well for the team.”
Orient now face an Oldham Athletic side that returned to winning ways during the week – seeing off Exeter City by the odd goal in three following a six-match winless Sky Bet League Two run.
“Their result during the week signals improvement,” Kitchen added.
“They have spent the majority of the season in the bottom half of the league. But they will be stubborn and difficult to break down. I believe the onus will be on us to dictate the game. It could be seen as an ‘acid test’ of our recent upturn in fortunes. A chance to prove we can dominate games, improve offensively by getting forward quicker, being more creative with incisive use of the ball in the final third.
In his seven matches in charge, Orient has won three and drawn three with four clean sheets. With confidence and belief returning to the team this is a game they could and should win.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-0 Oldham Athletic
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-0 Oldham Athletic