Kitch content with O’s solid start

Brian Jeeves

Salford City v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Peninsula Stadium – Reaction

Salford City 1-1 Leyton Orient

Peter Kitchen wasn’t the only Leyton Orient supporter more than happy with a well-earned Sky Bet League Two opening day point at much-fancied Salford City.

Indeed, a distinct lack of negativity from the E10 faithful suggested the O’s are on the right track with Kenny Jackett at the helm.

Omar Beckles gave Orient a first-half lead – responding the quickest after Ammies stopper, King had parried a strike from Darren Pratley. However, the home side swiftly responded spectacularly through Matt Willock to ensure a share of the spoils for the home side.

Lawrence Vigouroux produced several vital saves as Orient defended stoutly: “It went very much to plan,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“Salford are one of the favourites for promotion and they took the game to us. But Orient was up for it, matching the hosts in terms of shots and possession.”

Kitchen continued: “It was a very important game for several reasons. Not only because we started well and got the point, but it was another game for the manager to assess the quality and depth of his squad and the opposition, and another chance for the players to develop an understanding of each other abilities.

“Overall, Kenny will be very pleased, feeling he has a solid group of players with plenty to work with and build on. There is nothing to suggest that the fans optimism isn’t well-founded.”

“Looking ahead, Kitch added: “We have two games each week for the next couple of months, starting with Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Championship side, Queen’s Park Rangers.

“It will be a challenging period and a steep learning curve for both the manager and his players, but I’m hopeful it will be a successful one.”

Brian Jeeves