Peter Kitchen: No more steps sideways or backwards

Leyton Orient v Mansfield Town – Breyer Group Stadium – Sky Bet League Two – Tuesday 7:45pm

Leyton Orient v Mansfield Town – Preview:

Having already spoken of his frustrations following Leyton Orient’s Sky Bet League Two draw with Macclesfield Town, Peter Kitchen urged the O’s players to cut out the basic errors which are hampering their progress.

Orient entertain fellow-strugglers, Mansfield Town, on Tuesday evening and Kitchen has warned the O’s players that they will continue to tread water unless they start doing the dirty jobs required in a ruthless division such as League Two.

“If we are to see any consistent improvement, then the players have to find a bit more in all areas – there can be no more steps sideways or backwards,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“I’m not denying that Macclesfield deserved a draw on Saturday, but if you take your chances and defend properly then we don’t end up with a scenario as we did in the final minutes on Saturday.

“It has happened all too often, it has to be addressed. In a tight division, you have to get it right most of the time. I mentioned earlier in the season that Colchester United are a decent benchmark for us. They hang in games, defend well and always seem to bounce back from adversity. As much as quality, a lot of this is down to the mindset of the players. Ross Embleton and the team need to somehow buy into this or we will continue to flounder.”

Looking ahead to Mansfield’s visit, Kitchen added: “They are struggling at the moment but in Graham Coughlan, they have a manager who demands everything from his players.

“At the moment, he will be frustrated with what he has seen since taking over. But I’m sure he already has plans on reshaping his squad for a promotion push next season.

“But we are where we are at the moment. It’s no good looking too far into the future, Orient has to focus on now. At the moment, we have a stronger squad than we had a few weeks ago – particularly in attack. But we are still making the same mistakes all over the pitch.

“I’m sure there will be more comings and goings at the end of the season, but this group have an opportunity to put down a marker and prove that they can cut the mustard in League Two and above.

“In the meantime, it’s one game at a time. Mansfield is another side below us in the league. We have to be beating them, we should be beating them – particularly at Brisbane Road. Once again, it’s down to the player to prove they are capable of producing the basic requirements required by a team looking to challenge.”

Leyton Orient v Mansfield Town – Head to head:

Leyton Orient won: 25
Drawn: 14
Mansfield Town won: 14

Leyton Orient v Mansfield Town – Last five meetings (all competitions):

December 12, 2015 – League Two
Mansfield Town 1-1 Leyton Orient

April 30, 2016 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-0 Mansfield Town

August 27, 2016 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-2 Mansfield Town

January 28, 2017 – League Two
Mansfield Town 2-0 Leyton Orient

August 20, 2019 – League Two
Mansfield Town 2-3 Leyton Orient

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-0 Mansfield Town
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-0 Mansfield Town

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Brian Jeeves

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