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Exeter City v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – St James Park – Saturday (3pm)
Exeter City v Leyton Orient – Preview:
AFTER OFFERING an honest and realistic assessment of Leyton Orient’s 3-1 Sky Bet League Two defeat to Swindon Town, Peter Kitchen’s thoughts ahead of Saturday’s trip to leaders, Exeter City, might have O’s supporters having second thoughts about travelling.
However, despite finding themselves in the epicentre of adjusting to life back in the Football League, the former O’s frontman doesn’t think the east Londoners are too far away from where they want to be.
Speaking to Yellow Sport ahead of their trip west, Kitchen said: “Exeter offer Orient their toughest test so far – they have to be prepared to show the resolve and fighting spirit we know they possess but has only been evident in glimpses so far.
“The Grecians have been hugely impressive. They are still unbeaten in the league, conceding just three goals and keeping four clean sheets. Along with Swindon, they possess the best goal difference in the division. Indeed, manager, Matt Taylor – perhaps playing mind games – insisted there is more to come from his side.”
But Kitchen is fully aware that Orient has qualities of their own, adding: “We all know what Orient are capable of with the right mindset. The players are perfectly capable of turning the formbook on its head and I don’t think it will be too long before they are.
“Like the team, Interim boss, Ross Embleton, is adapting to a tougher role. He will need to get team selection and tactics spot on – retaining possession better and defending as a unit – if Orient is to get anything at St James Park.
“Elementry defensive errors – perhaps highlighted by the step-up a league – have proved costly. If we find ourselves chasing the game it will be extremely difficult.
“Orient are masters at confounding their fans and they often produce their best performances and results away from home, so the outcome of this game is not a foregone conclusion. so a point from this one would be very creditable. In all honesty, I think this one might be a tall order for us. However, improvement is recognisable and if that continues the results will soon follow.
Exeter City v Leyton Orient – Head to head:
Exeter City won: 32
Leyton Orient won: 33
Exeter City v Leyton Orient – Last five meetings (all competitions):
April 9, 2012 – League One
Exeter City 3-0 Leyton Orient
September 5, 2015 – League Two
Exeter City 4-0 Leyton Orient
January 16, 2015 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-3 Exeter City
November 22, 2016 – League Two
Leyton Orient 0-1 Exeter City
January 2, 2017 – League Two
Exeter City 4-0 Leyton Orient
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Exeter City 2-0 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Exeter City 2-1 Leyton Orient