Kitch content as O’s play-off push gathers momentum

Leyton Orient 2-0 Barrow – Reaction

Second-half goals from Dan Happe and Dan Kemp was enough to see off Barrow and move Leyton Orient tantalisingly close to the Sky Bet League Two play-off places, much to the delight of former frontman, Peter Kitchen.

“At times, we made hard work of it, but it was a case of getting the job done,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“I thought we started brightly enough, but ran out of steam and attacking ideas as the first half wore on, with Conor Wilkinson and James Brophy the only O’s players catching the eye, with some deft touches and asking questions from wide positions during a largely forgettable opening half. Indeed, we could have been in trouble, had Ollie Burns not missed a sitter, nodding wide from three yards.

Kitchen continued: “Orient improved after the restart, displaying much more intent, pushing Barrow back, squeezing up and playing a higher line. The change of tactics had the desired effect with two goals inside nine minutes to kill the contest.

“Barrow tried to rally but Orient was in control and able to see out the game with another clean sheet to boot, sending us up to ninth, a point outside the top-seven. Indeed, top of the table Cambridge, did us a favour, beating Newport at Rodney Parade, allowing us to close the gap.

“I’m hoping that Cambridge will again be in a benevolent mood on Tuesday night when they visit E10. It’s another must-win match and a mouthwatering prospect as the season has come to life in the final furlong.”

Brian Jeeves

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