Peter Kitchen: The message is clear – convert possession into goals!

Stevenage v Leyton Orient – Lamex Stadium – Sky Bet League Two – Saturday 3pm

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Peter Kitchen insisted that the solution is perfectly clear for Leyton Orient as they head to bottom of the table Stevenage on Saturday.

The O’s dominated the stats on Tuesday evening at promotion-chasing Crewe Alexandra. However, their recent revival was brought to its conclusion as they failed to provide a cutting edge, while the home side picked them off.

That particular setback left Orient nine points above the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone. But a win at the Lamez Stadium could all but dispell any fears of relegation.

“Stevenage have to win, the pressure is all on them – especially with Morecambe and Macclesfield both picking up of late,” Kitchen explained.

“But Orient can’t worry about that. Firstly, we need to secure our own place in the league, then we must start to build ahead of next season by finishing this term strongly.

“The last few performances have been much better. But it was highlighted at Crewe that we are not doing enough in the final third which was frustrating as we had the bulk of the play and the greater number of chances.

“Danny Johnson’s arrival will come as a boost. He was amongst the goals at Dundee before his move to E10. His addition could be vital as fine margins have proved costly to Orient since they returned to the Football League.”

Kitchen continued: “The O’s have been playing some attractive football, but the lack of goals suggests our build-up is often too deliberate and easy to anticipate – we need to get more balls, more quickly, into the penalty area, asking sterner questions of opposition defenders.

“Graham Westley will ensure Stevenage are pumped up. He isn’t a popular figure amongst Orient supporters which adds a bit of spice. But he has the knack of getting the best out of his teams and making them difficult to break down.

“But Ross Embleton has to enstall into his team that every game is all about them. Keep improving, keep doing the right things. This is a derby of sorts, with a big following from east London expected to be in attendance. It’s up to the players to raise the tempo, show the quality and above all, take the chances which are the basic requirements to win any football match.”

Stevenage v Leyton Orient – Head to head:

Stevenage won: 4
Drawn: 3
Leyton Orient won: 7

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

January 2, 2016 – League Two
Stevenage 2-2 Leyton Orient

August 16, 2016 – League Two
Leyton Orient 3-0 Stevenage

August 30, 2016 – Football League Trophy
Leyton Orient 3-1 Stevenage

February 28, 2017 – League Tow
Stevenage 4-1 Leyton Orient

August 17, 2019 – League Two
Leyton Orient 0-0 Stevenage

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Stevenage 0-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Stevenage 1-1 Leyton Orient

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