Peter Kitchen: The next step is to be more ruthless

Leyton Orient v Newport County – Breyer Group Stadium – Sky Bet League Two – Saturday 3pm

Leyton Orient v Newport County – Preview:

Peter Kitchen was encouraged with what he saw from Leyton Orient against Northampton Town on Tuesday evening but has urged the O’s to add a streak of ruthlessness to their game ahead of Saturday’s Sky bet League One clash with Newport County at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Orient have now only won once in sixteen outings in all competitions, but despite stinging criticism towards manager, Ross Embleton, and the team, the east Londoners responded positively, forcing a 1-1 draw with the high-flying Cobblers – a match Orient appeared the more likely side to take the points.

Nevertheless, Orient need to start winning quickly, and Kitchen – once again – offered his honest assessment of where his former side are right now.

“This is a difficult period for Ross and the boys as they skirt the bottom group of teams,” he explained.

“We are without a home win since mid-October and now face an equally challenging clash against a Newport side unbeaten in four and having won their last two – including a 2-0 success over league leaders, Swindon Town.

“But we should be enthusiastic. Ross and the team responded reasonably well to the recent criticism during the week, particularly in the second half.

“Orient were a bit braver and got a decent result. It demonstrated that there is more to this group if they get their mental attitude and approach right.”

But the improvement didn’t yield a League Two victory and Kitchen recognised the importance of putting that right.

“Having plenty of the ball is fine – encouraging the team to go forward, play braver and with more conviction – that’s fine too, and the right way to play. But it’s what we do with this that will ultimately count, especially in the final third where we are still lacking.

“The cautious approach was less apparent on Tuesday night. It is now vital that we get the ball and men into the box as much as possible and start taking the chances which come along. I know it sounds like a simple remedy, but previously we haven’t been doing it nearly enough – the results verify that.

“The O’s supporters have now seen a glimpse of what they want. They will get behind the group – there’s no question of that. But lessons from the Northampton match need to be taken on board and demonstrated again on Saturday as well as for the rest of the season. If we can carry this out then we will quickly secure our status in the league and have something to build on.”

Leyton Orient v Newport County – Head to head:

Leyton Orient won: 19
Drawn: 14
Newport County won: 18

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

August 22, 2015 – League Two
Newport County 2-3 Leyton Orient

January 26, 2016 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-0 Newport County

August 13, 2016 – League Two
Leyton Orient 0-1 Newport County

March 4, 2017 – League Two
Newport County 0-4 Leyton Orient

December 29, 2019 – League Two
Newport County 1-1 Leyton Orient

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

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Brian Jeeves

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