Peter Kitchen: ‘It’s difficult to remain positive’ - Cambridge United v Leyton Orient (Saturday 3pm) - Preview

By Brian Jeeves in Football

FORMER Leyton Orient striker, Peter Kitchen, was finding it extremely difficult to find any positives ahead of the O’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium.

Speaking to Times Sport ahead of the game, Kitchen said: “Orient go into the ‘M11 derby’ rock-bottom of the Football League, off the back of a 2-0 home defeat against Wycombe Wanderers and with rumours that the players and staff had not been paid. On top of that, they travel to Cambridge in a seemingly impossible position, knowing that their 112-year stay in the league, for the time being, is drawing to its conclusion.

“Following six defeats on the bounce and finding themselves nine points adrift, I don’t think anybody expects Orient to avoid relegation. Manager, Omer Riza, will have very few selection options again when he names his team ahead of the match.”

Kitchen continued: “The Orient supporters can see that the players are giving their all every time they cross the white line. They will travel to Cambridge in big numbers, offering encouragement despite what has been an awful season and hoping that a buyer can be found to change the fortunes of this terrific little football club.”

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