Bolton Wanderers v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – University of Bolton Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen believes Leyton Orient have a perfect opportunity to bounce back when they visit the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, but only if they display a little more prowess as an attacking force.
Again, the O’s are likely to be without leading marksman, Danny Johnson. However, against a Trotters side in no form at all and who were trounced by four unanswered goals in East London back in late November, Orient should head to the North-West confident of responding positively following last weekends disappointing defeat at the hands of Forest Green Rovers.
“It might be the right time to play Bolton,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“They are nineteenth in the table and haven’t won in six matches. It has been an inconsistent season for Bolton, but then again, with what they have been through, I’m sure their fans will take a season of consolidation as the club continue to rebuild.
“They are certainly there to be shot at. As well as O’s scoring four past them, Port Vale hit them for six. They have conceded 37 goals. It’s a big opportunity for Orient.”
Kitchen continued: “But we have to show improvement. O’s were lacklustre, out-fought, and tactically out-manoeuvred by Forest Green last week. As I mentioned before, we were found out.
“I foresee Johnson’s continued absence an issue. That, coupled with little in the way of creativity, I think it is hard to see where the goals will come from?
“Head Coach, Ross Embleton has had time to dissect last weeks game and work with the team on these issues. Hopefully, he will be able to incorporate new signings, Dan Kemp and Nick Freeman, who have yet to start a game having joined ahead of last weeks game.
“Results during the week saw Orient drop to tenth in the table. But we are still only two points off the play-off places and with the top sides all beating each other, a route back into the promotion frame still exists.
“We have beaten most of our promotion rivals so far this season. We have the ability when the balance of the team and the mindset is right. But inconsistency continues to be an issue, suggesting that there is still work to do and that we might need to adapt or change the system on occasions.
“Hopefully, last weeks loss was just a blip. A win at Bolton would certainly put us back on track and in contention ahead of some challenging games coming up against Crawley, Colchester and Carlisle.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Leyton Orient