Leyton Orient v Barrow – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday 12:30pm – Preview
Twice pegged back at Harrogate Town during the week – It appeared that Leyton Orient’s Sky Bet League Two play-off aspirations had all but evaporated.
However, with Exeter Bradford, Salford and Tranmere all losing, with Newport County and Carlisle United played out a tense, goalless draw, a glimmer of hope still exists for the East London outfit.
“O’s are like the proverbial cat with nine lives,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“I thought we’d missed a great opportunity, twice throwing away the lead at Harrogate. But then, low and behold, everyone else slipped up as well.
“Having said that, the performance at Harrogate was very disappointing – – not the form of promotion contenders. We were outplayed during the opening half and were a little lucky to come in level at the break.
“I thought we improved after half-time, with Wilkinson and Johnson finding the net. But we surrendered the lead on both occasions – Harrogate also missed a penalty, letting us off the hook further.
“Once again, there was a lack of creativity. Despite scoring twice away from home, the goals were both gifted to us, with the Harrogate keeper allowing Wilkinson’s speculative 25-yard shot to go underneath him, whilst it was a poorly directed header back which provided DJ with the chance to get his twentieth goal of the season.”
The O’s now face a must-win game with Barrow to keep their top-seven hopes alive: “Barrow has improved during the second half of the season and appear to be safe from the drop following Tuesday’s impressive win over Exeter City at Holker Street,” Kitchen added.
“Rob Kelly has done a terrific job since taking the helm temporarily. Barrow are unbeaten in four and will provide a stern test.
“We need to produce the sort of performance which would normally get the fans on the edge of their seats. We can’t afford to slip up, but with so much riding on the game, we have to be better and braver, show greater attacking intent, creativity and penetration.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-0 Barrow
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-1 Barrow