Peter Kitchen on Forest Green Rovers v Leyton Orient – Carabao Cup first-round – The New Lawn – Saturday 3pm – Preview

Orient’s preparation should be commended

Peter Kitchen praised Ross Embleton and his staff for the extensive work they have done behind the scenes ensuring Leyton Orient are ready to go ahead of Saturday’s Carabao Cup clash at Forest Green Rovers.

Orient have been notably proactive both on and off the field throughout lockdown and although the global situation has made life difficult for club’s, particularly in the lower leagues, Kitch believes the O’s are pretty close to where they want to be ahead of the trip west.

“There’s so much positivity at the club at the moment,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.

“I have a real feeling that Orient can kick on again and be amongst the League Two promotion contenders this season.

“Pre-season training as been meticulously planned. It is a vital part of professional football. The hard work that the player’s put in now, usually pays dividends over a long gruelling season, enabling them to deal with and overcome niggling injuries to get back into the pace pf games quickly.”

Kitchen continued: “The management have had extra months to prepare, with new coaches Danny Senda and Matt Harold joining the team there is a good vibe and united feeling in the camp.

“The return of influential captain Jobi McAnuff, the permanent signing of Ouse Cisse and Ruel Sotiriou, the pre-season form of Lee Angol and Danny Johnson, continuing where he left off at the end of last season, allied with the performances and results in some of the friendlies, expectations amongst the fans are very high.”

Turning his attention to the test in hand, Kitchen added: “Forest Green Rovers will be a good test of the progress we are making.

“Rovers finished well above the O’s after the last campaign. Firstly, both clubs should ensure there is no repeat of the personal animosity that developed between the respective head coaches last season. A clean slate, concentrate on their own team performance and game plan.

The O’s squad now has plenty of ability and competition in all positions. It will be vital that Ross knows his preferred line up and he employs the right system to get the best out of the group he has.

“This season is an opportunity for Ross to impose his own personality and ideas on the team. I would expect to see a strong and disciplined performance from his team, providing a platform ahead of our first league game at Oldham next weekend.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Leyton Orient (penalties)
Jeevesie’s prediction: Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Leyton Orient

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