Peter Kitchen: Ruthless O’s must put away Pools

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Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United – Sky Bet League Two – Brisbane Road – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

Whilst it is understandable that some of the Leyton Orient support remains cautious, their former frontman, Peter Kitchen believes the East Londoners have found the right balance with more and more fans starting to believe that this is their time following several seasons of treading water.

Speaking to Yellow Sport ahead of the O’s Sky Bet League Two clash with struggling Hartlepool United at Brisbane Road, Kitchen said: “At the moment, it appears that Richie Wellens can do no wrong and long may it continue as far as us O’s fans are concerned.

“We are currently unbeaten and top of the league with thirteen points out of fifteen after five games.

“Our next two games are both at home against teams struggling in the lower half of the table. It’s a real opportunity to put some distance between ourselves and the chasing pack, whilst also highlighting further our promotion credentials.

“O’s now need to show that we can routinely dispatch the struggling teams, including those that offer little offensively, but try and shut up shop and park the bus.

“We did this last weekend, comprehensively against Colchester United. But what was more pleasing and refreshing about Wellens, was in his post-match analysis when he stated that he wasn’t entirely satisfied with his team’s performance despite winning 3-1.”

Kitchen continued: “Richie doesn’t want to take his foot off the pedal or allow the team to rest upon their laurels. As a Manager or a player, you should always be looking for further improvement, whether it’s scoring more goals, improving performances individually and collectively, or looking for more cohesion whilst dominating games so that teams are intimidated when they come to play you.

“With no EFL Cup distraction during the week, Richie has had plenty of time with his squad, working on the areas he believes we can improve. And with ever-growing momentum and belief throughout the side, we will all expect the team to pull out all the stops when Hartlepool arrive in E10.”

Kitchen concluded: “Last season, we thrashed Hartlepool 5-0 in what I felt was Orient’s most accomplished performance of the season. We played with energy, a high-pressing game and caused their defence all sorts of problems and forced their under-pressure goalkeeper into gifting us two goals.

“Anyone who watched the Leeds v Chelsea game on Sunday and the Manchester United v Liverpool game on Monday would have seen how effective this is. Even the most accomplished and composed defenders find it difficult to play against it, often making mistakes and giving the ball away. If we can recreate this level of performance and intensity, the technically less gifted players in this league could struggle.

“Hartlepool are managed by Paul Hartley, a former Scottish International who has mostly played and managed north of the border.

“He’s had a massive rebuilding job on his hands since his arrival in June, bringing in a whole host of new players who are still trying to find their feet and a winning combination.

“Currently, they are languishing three places off the bottom, without a win in five and with only two points to their name. They are there for the taking. We mustn’t slip up by being complacent, it must all be about how we approach this game and how we set about the job at hand. But for me, it all points favourably for an O’s win.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 3-0 Hartlepool United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 3-1 Hartlepool United 


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