Peter Kitchen: Promotion is for everyone and now we must push on

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Gillingham v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Priestfield Stadium – Tuesday (7:45pm) – Preview

With Leyton Orient standing on the cusp of promotion, their former frontman, Peter Kitchen has urged the club to push on again next season and aim towards a return to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1982.

Since Orient were relegated from Division Two more than forty years ago, I think it is fair to say there have been more downs than ups for the popular East London outfit. Nevertheless, Kitchen, who played for the O’s at that level, insists they can return and every effort should be made to ensure that becomes a reality.

“I know people will think I’m jumping the gun because our promotion hasn’t actually been confirmed,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“But I expect us to sort out the formalities this week. I’m hopeful we will beat Gillingham on Tuesday and be playing for the title come Saturday afternoon against Crewe Alexandra at Brisbane Road.

“We’ve experienced so many highs and lows at this football club. Together, they have made us stronger, more determined and more appreciative of what a special little football club we hold close to our hearts.

“Leyton Orient Football Club is special to people in so many different ways. Recent times have cemented the connection between the club and the supporters. We lost our league status and nearly the club. Nigel Travis and Kent Teague saved us and restored our pride and place in the league. However, we lost Justin Edingburgh in such a tragic circumstance. It was one extreme to the other. It was going to take time to get over, but everyone stuck together.

“Winning promotion and hopefully the league, this time around signifies everyone’s input. Sure, Richie Wellens and the players are the ones that have got us there, but everyone who holds the O’s close deserves this. Now we need to keep building, establish ourselves in League One, and then push on.”

Kitchen continued: “The atmosphere at Sutton was electric. It was wonderful to see so many fans travelling to support the team. The fans have been fantastic all season. They always have been. They will be the same at Gillingham. I’d love to see us get the three points at Priestfield setting us up, hopefully, to win the title at a packed Brisbane Road.

“I think the football club is in a great place with people at the helm who genuinely care. I do not doubt that they will leave no stone unturned as they look to continue this adventure which has seen Orient bounce back so many times, defy the odds and give us something we are all rightly proud of.”  

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Gillingham 0-1 Leyton Orient

Jeevesie’s prediction: Gillingham 1-3 Leyton Orient

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