Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe United – Breyer Group Stadium – Sky Bet League Two – Saturday 3pm
Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe United – Preview:
PETER KITCHEN admitted his concern over Leyton Orient’s recent form and is worried that defeat against struggling Scunthorpe United at the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday could see the O’s support completely turn on new manager, Carl Fletcher.
The O’s are without a win in three Sky Bet League Two matches, a run which has seen them slip to nineteenth in the table. Meanwhile, visitors, Scunthorpe, arrive in East London sitting next to bottom with just a single win to their name from nine league outings. And Kitchen expressed the importance of three points for Fletcher and his charges on Saturday.
“The manager and players will be desperate to make amends following the shock FA Cup defeat to Maldon & Tiptree last week,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Scunthorpe were thrashed 4-1 at Crawley Town last weekend. Confidence won’t be particularly high in their camp either. I think the fans have been largely patient with the new boss so far. However, the mood has changed significantly after last weeks uninspiring performance against a side four divisions below them. Anything less than a win against the Iron on Saturday will invoke the wrath of the Brisbane Road faithful.
“Make no mistake, this is the most significant game of the campaign so far following the turmoil in the summer.
“It is very unusual for a new manager – so early in his tenure – to seemingly have such a negative effect on the fans and the players – Has the feelgood factor diminished?”
Kitchen continued: “So far, performances under Fletcher has shown no new attacking ideas, while defensively we still appear vulnerable and lacking cohesion.
“It seems to me that there is a disconnection between the manager and the players. From my experience, whenever a whole team looks out of sorts, there are clearly issues of communication, a lack of commitment to a new system, his methods or tactics or the players not fully understanding their roles.
“Whatever the issues are, the club ownership now has a much more business-minded and commercial approach at the club and if they feel that they have made the wrong appointment, I am sure it is highly unlikely that they will allow the current situation to continue much longer before they will take any appropriate action.”
Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe United – Head to head:
Leyton Orient won: 16
Scunthorpe United won: 20
Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe United – Last five meetings (all competitions):
March 29, 2013 – League One
Scunthorpe United 2-1 Leyton Orient
September 20, 2014 – League One
Scunthorpe United 1-2 Leyton Orient
January 31, 2015 – League One
Leyton Orient 1-4 Scunthorpe United
December 5, 2015 – FA Cup Second Round
Leyton Orient 0-0 Scunthorpe United
December 15, 2015 – FA Cup Second Round Replay
Scunthorpe United 3-0 Leyton Orient
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-1 Scunthorpe United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-1 Scunthorpe United