Credit from Kitch as O’s sink Salford

Leyton Orient 1-0 Salford City – Reaction

Back-to-back Sky Bet League Two victories – Within a point of the play-off places – Renewed optimism – Peter Kitchen was happy to dish out credit where it was rightly due at Leyton Orient.

Their latest success – a notable single Danny Johnson goal triumph over promotion-chasing Salford City at The Breyer Group Stadium – showed the hallmarks of an Orient team with confidence and quality: “ It was an excellent if perhaps unexpected result against a side unbeaten in five matches,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“I thought we started a little tentatively, giving Salford a little too much respect. But we quickly grew into the game, took the lead thanks to a superb goal – Danny continuing to show his worth to the O’s – then were resolute and brave enough to see the game out.

“As expected, Salford pushed hard after the interval. But with Dan Happe and Akinola marshalling the backline, while Craig Clay provided a tireless performance in midfield, the visitors were rebuffed and ultimately couldn’t find a way back into the game.”

Kitchen continued: “Again, we looked better organised, worked hard to match the opposition and another clean sheet, following on from Southend in midweek, was more than welcome, suggesting the O’s can make the top-seven and have rekindled the supporter’s hopes.

“The two wins have highlighted that there is more to come from this group if they can be galvanised with the right focus, structure and motivation.

“These attributes will build confidence which will be required in spades with games coming up against four teams pushing for the play-off places. The first of those tests comes at Carlisle United next weekend. A game which will be a real test of our resilience as well as mental and physical strength.”

Brian Jeeves

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