Kitch delighted as impressive O’s put down a marker

Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Leyton Orient

Peter Kitchen expressed his delight after a workmanlike Leyton Orient made Carabao Cup progress and put down a marker ahead of the new Sky Bet League Two campaign.

O’s trailed at the break, through Dan Happe’s unfortunate early own-goal. However, Orient turned the game on its head after the restart thanks to strikes from Danny Johnson and Conor Wilkinson to put one over a Forest Green side many expect to be amongst the frontrunners throughout the forthcoming season.

“Orient appeared to be playing a 4-3-3 formation and started sluggishly,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“It was quite tentative. Falling behind certainly asked questions of the management and players. But they responded magnificently. The half-time talk was positive with the O’s looking far more assertive after the restart.

“The second half showed the good side of the team. Taking charge of the game, then standing firm when Forest Green rallied towards the end. I thought it was more comfortable than the scoreline suggested. Nevertheless, against a very good side, this is a decent start.”

Kitchen added: “It was important to start with a win and build a little momentum ahead of the league season. Ross and the team will have been lifted by the result and performance, handing everyone a massive confidence booster ahead of our game at Oldham Athletic next Saturday.

“O’s can expect another tough test in the North West.

“The Latics – now under the management of former Liverpool, Leeds United and Australia International, Harry Kewell – eased to a 3-0 victory over Carlisle United. But taking Orient’s second-half performance into account, we look more than ready for the challenge ahead.”

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