Peter Kitchen: Fletcher is still learning about his O’s

Morecambe v Leyton Orient – Globe Arena – Sky Bet League Two – Saturday 3pm

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Peter Kitchen expects to see Leyton Orient return to Sky Bet League Two winning ways at struggling Morecambe, but insisted that new boss, Carl Fletcher, is still getting his bearings at the club.

Fletcher has overseen a heavy defeat at Plymouth Argyle followed by a frustrating draw with out of sorts Carlisle United at the weekend. Nevertheless, Kitchen thinks the O’s will soon be back on track with the former AFC Bournemouth at the helm.

“I think he’d be the first to admit that it hasn’t been a particularly good start to his tenure, but he has had very little time to work with and assess his player’s abilities, which is vitally important,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“As I said after the Carlisle game, we need to be patient whilst he gets his ideas and philosophy over to the team.

“Their first-half performance last weekend will have encouraged him enough to see that that there is the basis of a decent side. But he needs to have everyone available so he can fully assess what additional areas he needs to strengthen ahead of the January transfer window.”

Host’s Morecambe are currently bottom of the Football League, but recently displayed what they are capable of on their day with a single-goal success at Colchester United. But with Shrimps long-serving manager, Jim Bentley, quitting the club to link up with ambitious National League side, AFC Fylde, it is difficult to gauge the mood at the Lancashire club.

“Morecambe have lost four of their last five and were leapfrogged by Stevenage, who beat them last week. It has been a tough start and confidence can’t be high at the moment.

“That could benefit an Orient side who have travelled fairly well and are keen to get back to winning ways. O’s will have to be wary – losing a manager can go one of two ways – either deepening the gloom or galvanising everyone, perhaps because they too are looking to impress a new manager?

“It’s important that Orient doesn’t give them time to settle into any rhythm or hand them any encouragement. We will need to produce a ruthless, professional performance. Its time this team showed their new boss that they are capable of exactly that.”

Morecambe v Leyton Orient – Head to head:

Morecambe won: 1
Drawn: 0
Leyton Orient won: 3

Morecambe v Leyton Orient – Previous meetings (all competitions):

October 24, 2015 – League Two
Morecambe 0-1 Leyton Orient

March 19, 2016 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-0 Morecambe

September 3, 2016 – League Two
Morecambe 1-2 Leyton Orient

February 7, 2017 – League Two
Leyton Orient 0-1 Morecambe

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Morecambe 0-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Morecambe 1-3 Leyton Orient

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