Peter Kitchen: Orient have to be bold and brave

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

Leyton Orient v Northampton Town – Preview:

Peter Kitchen admitted he was concerned for struggling Leyton Orient as they prepared to face in-form Northampton Town at the Breyer Group Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The O’s have won just one of their last fifteen matches in all competitions. Meanwhile, the confident Cobblers have won their last three on the bounce and have established themselves amongst the Sky Bet League Two play-off contenders.

And former O’s frontman, Kitchen, believes another over-cautious and limp performance, similar to the one witnessed at Port Vale on Saturday, will once again prove damaging for Ross Embleton’s charges.

“I’m sure Northampton will be rubbing their hands at the moment,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“They will come to us believing they can force the issue. Orient lack confidence, and ultimately a bit of quality, at the moment. But you can set up with what you’ve got, making it difficult for the opposition – ask some questions of them.

“We need to be playing higher up the pitch. Orient have to be bold and brave – we simply aren’t seeing that at the moment, which is making it more and more difficult to create sufficient chances to win a game of football.

“I agree we have to be tight at the back. But to sit so deep and invite teams on to us is suicidal and eventually, you get swamped.”

Kitchen continued: “In truth, I don’t think we have enough about us to win the game on Tuesday evening. That’s not a case of being defeatist, it’s just being honest – although I’m perfectly happy to be proved wrong.

“When you are playing at home, you have to set the pace – get the crowd behind you and put a seed of doubt into the visitor’s mind. To do this, we have to change tactically – play with two strikers, get the midfield pushing up and swamping the space. Defensively, stay alert but play a high line – force your opponents back.

“Of course, with a lack of quality, you can still end up with the same outcome against a decent side. But let’s be honest, I’d rather we went down fighting than wondered what might have happened if we’d had a go.

“At the moment, it is down to Ross and this group of players to change the O’s fortunes. You can’t do that by doing the same thing over and over when it is clearly not working.”

Leyton Orient v Northampton Town – Head to head:

Leyton Orient won: 29
Drawn: 21
Northampton Town won: 30

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

December 5, 2012 – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
Northampton Town 0-3 Leyton Orient

November 11, 2014 – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
Leyton Orient 2-0 Northampton Town

September 26, 2015 – League Two
Northampton Town 1-1 Leyton Orient

February 13, 2016 – League Two
Leyton Orient 0-4 Northampton Town

October 5, 2019 – League Two
Northampton Town 0-1 Leyton Orient

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-2 Northampton Town
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 0-2 Northampton Town

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