Leyton Orient v Crawley Town – Saturday 3pm Breyer Group Stadium – Preview
PETER KITCHEN was thrilled to see Leyton Orient stage a ‘Roy of the Rovers’ style recovery to win at Mansfield Town on Tuesday evening as their solid start to life back in Sky Bet League One continued.
The O’s found themselves 2-0 behind at Field Mill and potentially looking down the barrel of a drubbing. However, the never say die attitude, which was a considerable attribute during their National League title campaign, surfaced as second-half goals from Conor Wilkinson, Lee Angol and a last-gasp Jordan Maguire-Drew strike ensured what had previously looked like an unlikely success in the East Midlands.
That victory moved Orient into the top ten in League Two, much to their former frontman’s satisfaction: “It’s been a hugely creditable start to the season,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“With the O’s two behind, Ross Embleton was brave enough to change the formation at the break – ditching the three central defenders and opting to go four-four-two which helped them get forward in greater numbers and subsequently igniting a famous fightback.
“The result would have done wonders for the teams’ confidence as well as leaving the supporters cockahoop. Unquestionably, the loss of Justin Edinburgh has seen an unprecedented period of emotional turmoil, but the determination from everyone connected with the football club was once again evident. It was a night to be proud of.”
Kitchen believed Orient can build further on those foundations when Crawley Town are the visitors to east London on Saturday.
“I think momentum will be with the O’s,” Kitchen continued.
“Crawley has made an indifferent start and were beaten at home by Crewe during the week. The Orient supporters will have to be patient while the team continue to adapt in the is division. However, there is an element of excitement with that.
“Matches at Brisbane Road are buzzing at the moment – long may it continue. Another win on Saturday, which I expect, will build that momentum further, giving everyone the belief that a shot at the play-offs is well within them this season.”
Leyton Orient v Crawley Town – Head to head:
Leyton Orient won: 3
Crawley Town won: 7
Last five meetings (all competitions):
March 21, 2015 – Sky Bet League One
Crawley Town 1-0 Leyton Orient
October 10, 2015 – Sky Bet League Two
Crawley Town 3-2 Leyton Orient
February 27, 2016 – Sky Bet League Two
Leyton Orient 2-0 Crawley Town
December 16, 2016 – Sky Bet League Two
Leyton Orient 3-2 Crawley Town
March 25, 2017 – Sky Bet League Two
Crawley Town 3-0 Leyton Orient
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-0 Crawley Town
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 3-1 Crawley Town