Colchester United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Sunday December 26 (3pm)
Leyton Orient v Newport County – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Wednesday, December 29 (7:45 p.m.)
Leyton Orient v Bristol Rovers – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday January 1st (3pm)
Stone Kitchen believes Leyton Orient’s festive Sky Bet League Two schedule could impact their hopes of mounting a successful promotional campaign before the second half of the campaign.
The Orient has been “all or nothing so far, but remains at a distance from the play-offs, despite the defeat of three of its last four outings in the league.
“Three games in seven days will be tough,” Kitch said Yellow sport.
“The outcome of these games could have a decisive impact on our promotion prospects because we have stuttered in recent weeks. We desperately need to get back on the path to victory.
“In the current climate of uncertainty due to Covid, it is unclear at this stage if all three games will take place. But assuming they do, obviously it will be essential that they emerge with the majority of the points up for grabs. “
“After a recent decline in form, we cannot afford to detach ourselves from the leading pack. We all know it’s a tough time for manager Kenny Jackett, whose main concern will be who he’ll be available for selection. His already eliminated squad were severely exhausted from Covid and injuries to top-rated regulars.
“Maybe Jackett will have to call on some of our promising youngsters?” However, he cannot present too many of them while they are still learning their trade. On top of that, he also can’t provide reinforcements until January – after those matches have been played.
Speaking of the party gatherings, Kitchen said, “The opposition presents the manager with very different challenges. Colchester is down and can hardly afford to lose and be dragged further into a relegation battle. Meanwhile, there is also local rivalry and pride at stake. Colchester will seek to claim bragging rights over its neighbors in east London.
“The Us found some hard goals to come by and were beaten 3-0 at Walsall last time around, ending an unbeaten streak of four and leaving them six points over the drop zone.
“Wednesday night’s home game against promotion rivals Newport County is a must-see against a team currently sixth in the standings. We shared the loot in South Wales earlier in the season. But missing three points this time could be far more important when it comes to the promotion race.
“New Year’s opponents, the Bristol Rovers are the quantity unknown. Their results have been very mixed. After a poor start to the campaign, they have improved in recent weeks and appear to move up the rankings steadily after securing victories against Harrogate, Sutton and Northampton.
The former leader concluded: “At the end of the day, it has to be about what the East does. We need to impose ourselves on the games and do it consistently. This has been the major issue so far, shooting too many games we should have won, while losing games where they should have taken at least one point, mostly due to poor management of the game. The team raised fan expectations to the highest level, then failed to score against Stevenage, Walsall and Mansfield, all in the bottom half of the table at the time.
“On the bright side we’ve been exceptional at times and produced some scintillating attacking football, scoring freely and recording several emphatic wins, especially against Hartlepool, Sutton and Swindon, we know what the O’s are capable of.
“In reality, we can’t expect Orient to do this every game, but once we find the right balance and the right mix, we’ll have the O’s we all want to see. Hopefully Jackett has it. a complete team because we need everyone available during what will be a crucial time. ”
the predictions of Peter Kitchen;
Colchester United 1-1 Leyton Orient
Leyton Orient 2-1 Newport County
Leyton Orient 2-1 Bristol Rovers
Colchester United 1-2 Leyton Orient
Leyton Orient 1-0 Newport County
Leyton Orient 2-1 Bristol Rovers