Colchester United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Saturday 3pm
Colchester United v Leyton Orient – Preview:
PETER KITCHEN called for calm after Leyton Orient’s winless Sky Bet League Two sequence was extended to five games as Crewe Alexandra plundered all three points with a 2-1 success ay the Breyer Group Stadium during the week.
It has been a tough introduction to life back in the Football League for the O’s and a late James Jones strike for Crewe left the east Londoners embedded in the bottom half of the table.
“It’s tough to take for all of us at the moment, particularly as we have all become accustomed to winning over the past season,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Again, it’s fine margins. A late goal at Exeter last Saturday, then another on Tuesday night. It could have been four points, taking us into the top half of the league – instead, it’s one and we are all frustrated.
“I’ve read some of the comments on social media and fully understand that the supporters are disappointed, but this isn’t the time to panic. Ross Embleton was handed a near-impossible job, stepping into Justin Edinburgh’s shoes. Yes, the team – minus last season’s goal threat – hasn’t set the division alight, but it isn’t a million miles away from establishing itself.
“Of course, I know that football is a ‘results’ business – Ross knows that and I’m sure the owners won’t allow the club to become embroiled in a relegation battle. But this is largely the same set of players from last season playing at a higher level. As I said, we are not a million miles away, but the team have to wise up quickly to League Two football and what it is all about.”
Meanwhile, Orient head to Colchester on Saturday and Kitchen expects another tough test for his former club.
“They are in a bit of form, winning easily at Swindon during the week. That’s very impressive because we all saw how good Swindon are when they came to Orien a few weeks ago.
“Colchester’s tails will be up, not only because of the result during the week but also because they play Tottenham next week in the Carabao Cup – The feel-good factor is surrounding them, it’s something else Orient will have to contend with on Saturday.
“I expect better days, as far as results are concerned, are just around the corner, but we might have to be patient for a little bit longer yet.”
Colchester United v Leyton Orient – Head to head:
Colchester United won: 22
Leyton Orient won: 17
Colchester United v Leyton Orient – Last five meetings (all competitions):
March 1, 2014 – League One
Leyton Orient 2-1 Colchester United
September 13, 2014 – League One
Leyton Orient 0-2 Colchester United
January 24, 2015 – League One
Colchester United 2-0 Leyton Orient
November 12, 2016 – League Two
Colchester United 0-3 Leyton Orient
April 29, 2017 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-3 Colchester United
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Colchester United 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Colchester United 2-1 Leyton Orient