Kitch delighted as O’s return to the top

Carlisle United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Brunton Park – Reaction

Carlisle United 2-3 Leyton Orient

Blip! What blip? Leyton Orient ended their recent three-match winless Sky Bet League Two sequence and roared back to the top of the table, much to the delight of their former striker, Peter Kitchen,

In a hard-fought encounter at Brunton Park, the East Londoners prevailed by the odd goal in five against an in-form Carlisle United side previously unbeaten at home in the league all season.

“We are back at the summit, showing bags of resilience and character whilst maintaining our unbeaten away record,” Kitchen enthusiastically told Yellow Sport.

“It was a massive win for us against the Cumbrians, who were unbeaten at home all season and who hadn’t lost in nine games. The result brought to an end a four-match winless run, including the Papa John’s Trophy tie with Chelsea’s youngsters, and sets us up very timely for two further games this week, both at home.”

Kitchen continued: “There is no better way to get back on track than by beating your close promotion rivals, whilst scoring three goals at a time when converting the chances created has been a significant issue in recent games.

Richie Wellens welcomed back in midfield, Idris El Mizouni from injury in place of Jordon Brown and Darren Pratley, who replaced Craig Clay. The O’s immediately set about the home side and got off to an excellent start, scoring after only two minutes through Theo Archibald.

It was Archibald again, who scored a delightful second goal, chipping the Carlisle keeper, Thomas Holy from twenty yards after he was gifted the ball following a defensive slip. Restoring the O’s lead immediately following Ryan Edmondson’s fifteenth-minute equaliser with a glancing header at the near post.

But Edmondson didn’t last much longer. After an altercation with O’s skipper, Darren Pratley was shown a red card shortly before the break.

After the restart, Aaron Drinan looked to have sealed the game with a third goal after fifty minutes. But the home side refused to lie down and despite only having ten men, made a fight of it right to the end after Jordan Gibson pulled one back just before the hour.

“The win was particularly beneficial for the O’s, with league leaders Stevenage losing at home to Northampton and promotion rivals Mansfield and Salford also losing, while Bradford could only manage a draw at Grimsby,” Kitchen added.

“We are back in the driving seat, having a game in hand over both Stevenage, who are one point behind in second and Northampton, three points behind in third place.

“Gillingham and arch-rivals Salford City are the visitors to E10 on Tuesday night and Saturday respectively, two games which could see us put some distance between ourselves and the chasing pack. We should go all out to pick up maximum points with every game away from home in November.”


Brian Jeeves