Kitch thrilled by attack-minded O’s

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Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United – Sky Bet League Two – Brisbane Road – Reaction

Leyton Orient 4-2 Hartlepool United

Leyton Orient are still top of the league and Peter Kitchen is still happy with the exciting football currently being served up by his former club.

The O’s saw off struggling Hartlepool United in a six-goal thriller at Brisbane Road, leaving them a point clear of Barrow at the summit. George Moncur fired the O’s ahead from the penalty spot inside two minutes, and although Westley McDonald briefly restored parity, further goals from Charlie Kelman and Paul Smyth appeared to have set the East Londoners up for a resounding victory.

However, Josh Umerah gave the visitors hope with a spot-kick of their own before Ruel Sotiriou’s volley secured an exciting victory from Richie Wellens’ men.

“It was a terrific dispaly of attacking football,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“We are top of the table, unbeaten in six, five of which have been won. We also have the best goal difference in the league. It’s a start the O’s fans could only have dreamed of.

“In my match preview, I challenged them to show their promotion credentials by getting routine wins against the divisions’ also-rans and start by putting Hartlepool to the sword. we didn’t disappoint, dominating the game with more than two-thirds of possession, having twenty-one shots and scoring four goals. We could have had quite a few more too!” 

“Two of the goals were fashioned by the vision and passing of Theo Archibald. This team now have an array of attacking options and creative players who can make things happen in the final third and who are going to cause all sorts of problems for opposing teams.”

Kitchen continued: “To their credit, Hartlepool never gave up the chase and got themselves back into contention by reducing the deficit on two occasions before Sotiriou finally settled the game.

“Richie kept an unchanged team again, maintaining continuity and cohesion and was obviously pleased with the result. But he will not be happy with some of the defending because at times we can still be sloppy and casual at the back by overplaying. I’m sure he will be looking to improve things in this area as well as looking for more ruthless finishing of the chances the team are creating, the latter, a nice problem for the manager to have.”

The O’s legend concluded: “Orient are currently a team full of confidence, developing a winning mentality. Teams will not relish the prospect of facing this O’s team in their current form. 

“With a midweek Papa John’s Trophy match at Oxford United, he will likely give game time to some of his squad players. But I hope he doesn’t make too many changes as he did in the earlier Carabao Cup match and disrupt the teams’ balance as they continue to build momentum ahead of Saturday’s home game against Tranmere Rovers.”

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