Peter Kitchen: Orient have to show they are progressing

Cheltenham Town v Leyton Orient – Whaddon Road – Sky Bet League Two – Saturday 3pm

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Leyton Orient’s 2-1 victory over Mansfield Town was their third Sky bet League Two victory in five outings. However, Peter Kitchen believes the O’s now have to start beating teams in the top half of the table to show they are progressing.

Orient head to play-off hopefuls, Cheltenham Town, on Saturday – a side who despite winning at Carlisle on Tuesday evening – have been a little inconsistent of late.

“It’s always going to be tough playing away against a side who fancy themselves for the top seven, but Orient have to show they are progressing and that means going to places like Cheltenham and getting something.

“We kept the ball well against Mansfield during the week. We will need to do this again on Saturday because the home side will want to dominate the tempo of the game – they can’t do that without the ball.

“I’ve spoken about fine margins on several occasions this season. It’s easy to see that there isn’t too much between a number of the teams in League Two. That also suggests that Orient are not far away from where they want to be. Cheltenham offers us another opportunity to measure ourselves. To show there is progress we must at least be matching them.”

Kitchen added: “For me, the remainder of this season is all about finishing strongly and setting out where we want to be next season. The club has continued to grow off the field, but that can only continue if the team are successful on it.

“Everything that has happened to Leyton Orient in recent years has pulled us closer together. The players must remember this and not allow this season to peter out. Every game means something, especially when you were once faced with the prospect of not having a club to support.

“This we must not lose sight of. Everything the fans, staff and owners fought for leads up to those moments when Orient run out onto the field on a matchday. From then on it is down to the players. Every effort must be made by the team to ensure each game is now a positive learning curve, taking us in the right direction.”

Cheltenham Town v Leyton Orient – Head to head:

Cheltenham Town won: 10
Drawn: 5
Leyton Orient won: 7

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

December 13, 2008 – League One
Leyton Orient 1-2 Cheltenham Town

April 4, 2009 – League One
Cheltenham Town 0-1 Leyton Orient

August 6, 2016 – League Two

Cheltenham Town 1-1 Leyton Orient

February 25, 2017 – League Two
Leyton Orient 0-1 Cheltenham Town

August 3, 2019 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-0 Cheltenham Town

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

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