Green shoots of hope for Kitch and the O’s

Brian Jeeves

Newport County 0-1 Leyton Orient – Reaction

Peter Kitchen believes Leyton Orient finally displayed signs of turning the corner in their quest for Sky Bet League Two consistency.

The O’s stunned promotion-chasing Newport County thanks to Conor Wilkinson’s goal at the Cardiff City Stadium just after the hour and Kitch thought there was far more than met the eye about this a performance which saw Orient win for only the second time in twelve outings.

“It felt to me like it could be a turning point for the O’s with the green shoots of something more positive showing in terms of their future performances,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“Jobi started with the same 4-2-3-1 system he used last week against Scunthorpe but picked himself in midfield and it certainly helped the team in terms of their link-up play.

“It wasn’t an expansive performance by any means. The O’s had only 36% of the possession for a change, but they did manage six shots, with two on target.

“I’ve never seen possession as such a vital statistic because it’s all about what you do with the ball and in which areas that counts.

Kitchen continued: “But off the back of recent O’s performances, this was altogether more offensive, enhanced after half-time when Hector Kyprianou replaced Cisse, helping to drive us forward in a positive manner.

“At the back O’s were defensively sound, kept their discipline, shape and looked solid as they recorded a third clean sheet in five.

“Leading scorer Danny Johnson returned to lead the front line but was largely anonymous due to a lack of service, but he worked hard and just needs a few more games to get his match fitness and sharpness back and a goal will do his confidence the world of good.

“We now need to build on this performance at Carlisle on Tuesday, a side who were amongst the league leaders earlier on the season but have fallen away recently. However, they will be very dangerous opposition as they desperately need a win to get them back amongst the group of teams chasing a top-seven finish.”

Brian Jeeves