Leyton Orient v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen was impressed with Leyton Orient’s workmanlike performance at Crawley Town on Tuesday evening and has called for more of the same when out of sorts Colchester United visit the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The O’s played for more than an hour a man light following the dismissal of Hector Kyprianou and survived an early penalty miss from Crawley’s Tom Nichols. However, for the best part, Orient looked the more likely side with their former keeper, Glenn Morris, denying Connor Wilkinson, Craig Clay and Nick Freeman.
“This was an encouraging performance and I expect us to be determined and hell-bent on taking the three points and forcing ourselves right back into contention,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Although we didn’t get all three points, it was a passionate, determined performance with new-found energy. The manner was the most eye-catching aspect.
“I thought there was enough to suggest that we will be too strong for a Colchester side in freefall and who haven’t won sinec December 8, a run of nine matches.
“Head Coach, Ross Embleton, started the game with three of our new signings, Dan Kemp, Nick Freeman and Adam Thompson – Tristan Abrahams starting on the bench but introduced shortly before half-time.
The fresh impetus of this combination ensured there was a renewed positivity and buoyancy about the team.”
Kitchen continued: “Colchester will not be relishing their trip to E10. They’ve had a torrid time, while Orient, Forest Green aside, have been decent at Brisbane Road.
“The U’s are lacking firepower and are without a goal in their last three matches, scoring only once in their previous six. Of course, the addition of Frank Nouble could make a difference, but that aside, this one looks like a home banker.
“But we all know football often isn’t that predictable. Orient will need a positive, commanding performance, playing on the front foot, harnessed with an influx of much-needed creativity and a goal threat.
“If we can bring all those commodities to the table, then I see no reason why we shouldn’t run out comfortable winners.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-0 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-0 Colchester United