Newport County v Leyton Orient – Rodney Parade – Sky Bet League Two – Sunday 3pm
Newport County v Leyton Orient – Preview:
PETER KITCHEN held his hands up and admitted that Leyton Orient were second best when Colchester United came calling on Boxing Day. However, the former frontman has urged the O’s to get that defeat out of their system and take all three points when they travel to out of sorts Newport County on Sunday.
The Welshmen are without a win in nine Sky Bet League Two matches and have slipped away from those chasing promotion. And Kitchen thinks this is a perfect opportunity for Orient to bounce back.
“It’s time to get back on the horse, so to speak,” he told Yellow Sport.
“Colchester is done – I don’t think we were particularly bad, but lessons will have been learned. Perhaps, being the home side and with their form, the pressure is on Newport. I think we will be a lot tighter – we can play on the break and that might suit us against a side lacking a bit of confidence just now.
“Of course, I don’t think it will be easy – far from it. But we have improved recently – we should be going into matches with a bit of confidence, believing we can get something.”
Kitchen offered praise to Ruel Sotiriou after the teenager netted on his league debut against the U’s: “I’m really pleased for the lad.
“He went out on loan and knuckled down. He deserved this opportunity – I think he has plenty of goals in him and I expect this one to be the first of many.
“The boy has bags of enthusiasm. I want to see this rubbing off on the rest of the team. He has a great future ahead of him.”
Newport County v Leyton Orient – Head to head:
Newport County: 18
Leyton Orient won: 19
Newport County v Leyton Orient – Last five meetings (all competitions):
March 1, 1988 – Division Four
Newport County 0-0 Leyton Orient
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
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Newport County 1-2 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Newport County 1-1 Leyton Orient