Peter Kitchen: ‘Orient have given themselves hope’ - Yeovil Town 1-1 Leyton Orient - Reaction

By Brian Jeeves in Football

By Brian Jeeves

FORMER Leyton Orient striker, Peter Kitchen, hoped that Saturday’s draw at Yeovil Town might give the O’s young squad the confidence to pull away from the Sky Bet League Two drop zone.

Gavin Massey’s late strike ensured the O’s their first point of 2017. However, the east Londoners remain in the relegation places, three points adrift of the safety zone: “It showed that the lads have some fight and spirit about them, Kitchen said. “It will still be a tough ask to see Orient survive what with all the upheaval. But at least they have something to build on.

“Unquestionably, Orient really needed all three points, and perhaps should have got them when Paul McCallum passed up a late opportunity. But the team have now ended the run of defeats, something they desperately needed to do ahead of Tuesday evening’s tricky trip to promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle.”

Kitchen urged the O’s to focus on every game and not just those against sides in and around them in the relegation dogfight: “Orient can’t afford to be choosy, Kitchen continued. “Points are precious right now, they need to show the same determination at Plymouth on Tuesday and hope that it is enough to snatch something from the match.”

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