Kitch delighted as O’s romp to victory

Leyton Orient v Oldham Athletic – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Reaction

Leyton Orient 4-0 Oldham Athletic

Ruthless Leyton Orient received another nod of approval from Peter Kitchen after Oldham Athletic – as the former frontman largely predicted – were on the end of a four-goal drubbing at the Breyer Group Stadium.

The outcome was never really in doubt, particularly after Aaron Drinan and Tom James struck early for the O’s. And an impressive performance was completed after the restart when Theo Archibald and Harry Smith found the net to add further gloss to the scoreline.

It was a rampant O’s that delivered both the performance and the result – as I thought and expected they would do,” Kitch told Yellow Sport.

“Hapless Oldham were dumped to the bottom of the table following their sixth-straight defeat, while we are now up to third in Sky Bet League Two and looked every bit a promotion contender.

“Kenny Jacket spoke earlier in the week about being flexible with his system and how he might set his team up. Not all managers have the ability or the confidence to do this, as I highlighted as an issue for the O’s several times last season. Yet it is a very powerful weapon to have in the managers’ armoury, allowing the team to adapt to circumstances that regularly change from game to game.

“Jackett stuck with the three centre backs, bringing in Dan Happe for Shadrack Ogie, but pushed his full-backs forward into a four-man midfield, making a 3-4-3 formation. He also had both Ruel Sotiriou and Hector Kyprianou – returning from Cypriot U21 duty – giving him additional attacking options on the bench.

Kitchen continued: “No doubt Oldham boss, Keith Curle would have dug his players out at half-time in an attempt to motivate and get them back into the game. However, we were very quick to put it to bed. Smith’s goal, his fifth of the season, rounding off the afternoon and again highlighting his importance to the side.

“It was a perfect afternoon. In the automatic promotion places. The challenge now is to keep up the pace. But in the meantime, the E10 faithful have gone home happy, totally believing in ‘Jackettball’ football.”

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Brian Jeeves

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