Barrow 1-1 Leyton Orient – Reaction
Peter Kitchen’s cap was very much doffed in the direction of Ross Embleton and his ten-man Leyton Orient side after they battled their way to a share of the spoils at newly-promoted Barrow.
The O’s were at a numerical disadvantage when central defender, Dan Happe, received his marching orders for pulling down Barrow’s Luke James. And the Holker Street picture looked a whole lot darker for Embleton’s side when Josh Kay gave the Cumbrians the lead shortly after.
But Orient dug deep, regrouped and levelled the score five minutes after the restart – leading marksman, Danny Johnson, profiting after Craig Clay had fashioned an opening.
“This is a very creditable point and a decent performance,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Orient were really up against it for most of the game. The situation certainly appeared ominous after those two early setbacks which left us reeling.
“But I’ve got to credit the manager and team. Fresh instructions were passed out at half-time and followed. The importance of a proven goalscorer has come to the fore again – that’s six in seven for Johnson. Meanwhile, Jobi McAnuff and Tunji Akinola – on loan from West Ham United – came on and managed to control the game during the final stages.
Kitchen continued: “The games are coming thick and fast at teh moment. We have very little time to prepare for the trip to unbeaten Walsall on Tuesday evening. This will offer a similar test. We must stop falling behind and chasing the games.
“Nevertheless, once again, Orient have highlighted at Barrow the spirit and togetherness within the squad. Incredibly, we seem to thrive off adversity, but need to be more proactive as opposed to reactive in our mindset and attitude as we haven’t yet learned how to dictate games.
“Like I said, Walsall will be much the same as Barrow. If we are to consider ourselves play-off contenders, then it’s another game we must take something from.”