Leyton Orient v Northampton Town – Sky Bet League One – Brisbane Road – Tuesday (7:45pm) – Preview
Peter Kitchen insisted it would be a case of picking ourselves up – dusting ourselves off and starting all over again when Leyton Orient face a resilient Northampton Town side in E10 on Tuesday evening.
Kitchen took time to speak to Yellow Sport before the contest, explaining: “With another full schedule of League One games coming up in midweek, there’s no time for the Orient players and fans to feel hard done by or sorry for themselves after the setback at Barnsley. We have to prepare for another tough challenge against the Cobblers.
“It was a cruel way to see our eight-game unbeaten run come to an end at such a late stage of the game at Oakwell but resourcefulness and self-motivation are key requirements when faced with adversity and footballers and fans more than most, should know what a rollercoaster of a ride it is during the season, so we have to pick ourselves up and prepare for the next big challenge.
“We also need to add a touch of realism and put the Barnsley defeat into perspective in that for eighty-eight minutes we were almost over the line against one of the best teams in the division.”
The former frontman continued: “We’ve just gone eight games without defeat and won games against some of the top sides, but we have to accept that we can’t win every game. We are coming very close to it in most of our games now and have raised everyone’s expectations to such an extent that some fans don’t see the bigger picture or the journey we are on.
“We’ve now started to impose our game on teams and dominating games in our first season in this league which is quite an achievement. However we also have to accept that other teams can also impose themselves on us and dictate play, it’s how we react to this and unfortunately against the Tykes, we were unable to do that.
“Players also get tired and suffer from lapses of concentration and against better teams we will get punished when this happens, so we have to learn that you can’t switch off until the final whistle has been blown.
“Of most concern from the Barnsley game were the injuries to Dan Happe and Ruel Sotiriou, which at first glance look like they could be quite serious and if Theo Archibald’s injury is also serious, when added to the long-term injuries to Dan Agyei and Jordan Graham, we have lost some of our highest performing players from an already sparse squad.
Kitchen concluded: “Northampton will be tough opponents and have been somewhat of a nemesis for us in the past, a team we have often struggled against. They aren’t pushing for promotion or struggling near the bottom, but they are a very effective and professional team that will be well-organised and are only two places and four points behind us with a game in hand.
“Town’s results can be inconsistent but last time out they drew at home with third-placed Bolton and will fancy their chances of turning us over, knowing that we will be without several of our key players.
“I think we need to just press the reset button and not get carried away and lower our short-term expectations.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-1 Northampton Town
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 0-0 Northampton Town