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Stevenage v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Lamex Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen was thrilled to see Leyton Orient end their recent winless Sky Bet League Two sequence at Tranmere Rovers during the weeks and offered credit – where it was due – to Ross Embleton and his team for producing a solid display in the North West.
The O’s claimed all three-point for the first time since the opening day of the season – Danny Johnson’s eighth goal of the campaign proving decisive midway through the second half at Prenton Park.
“It’s great to be penning a piece about a win and a good performance,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“We were on the front foot throughout – just as I’ve called for – we dominated possession and the number of chances and thoroughly deserved to win the game against a side desperate to kickstart their season.
“For me, it proved that with the right focus and direction the squad is good enough to be in the top half of the league.
“We looked much more solid at the back with both Jobi McAnuff and Jordan Maguire-Drew included from the start. Going forward we had more attacking intent and creativity. Once again, Danny was ‘Johnny on the spot’ to knock in the match winner.
“The margin of victory could have been even wider, but I’m not going to moan about that. A win, a clean sheet and above all, a good performance – I’ll take that all day long.”
Orient now head to the Lames Stadium to face a Stevenage side struggling to make any real headway of late. And Kitchen warned against complacency following Tuesday’s change of fortune.
“We’ve got to kick-on from here. Ross and the team got it right on Tuesday – now they must do it again, but read the warning signs.
“We mustn’t go there believing the hype off of one result. We’ve got to back it up by playing the same positive football. Stamp our authority on the game, ask all the questions and stay focused.
“No doubt, this is a winnable game and we should be confident of doing exactly that. But Stevenage will be feeling the same as we did a week ago – the wounded animal. Anything less than the same again from Orient might not be enough in what is already shaping up to be a tight league”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Stevenage 0-2 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Stevenage 1-2 Leyton Orient