Kitch delighted with nap-hand O’s

Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Reaction

Leyton Orient 5-0 Hartlepool United

Peter Kitchen had called upon Leyton Orient to end their barren spell in front of goal and they responded in spades by thrashing fellow promotion hopefuls, Hartlepool United by five unanswered goals at a bouncing Breyer Group Stadium.

Kitch was amongst the sizable 6,233-crowd that witnessed the East Londoners biggest Sky Bet League Two victory of the campaign. Aaron Drinan led the way with a superb hat-trick, while Harry Smith and Tom James completed the rout – Orient leaving the pitch to a standing ovation from their delighted followers.

“I was lucky enough to be at Brisbane Road and witnessed our best performance of the season so far,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.

“We scored a hatful of well-worked goals and kept another clean sheet

But what was most impressive was the high pressing and way we closed down as a team from the start. Two of our goals came about as a result of the pressure applied to Hartlepool in the final third.”

Kitchen continued: “We made one of the fancied teams look very ordinary, denying them space and opportunities to provide us with a problem.

“Considering Hartlepool arrived in E10 off the back of three wins out of four, and having scored three against promotion rivals Northampton and Harrogate.

“Kenny Jacket got this one spot on with his selection and direction. The players responded magnificently with some excellent link-up play between Smith and Drinan, with Dan Kemp revelling in a free role in the middle of the park. Meanwhile, the work rate amongst the whole team was phenomenal.”

As one goalscorer to another, Kitchen congratulated hat-trick hero Drinian: “Aaron deservedly got Man of the Match with three well-taken goals and two assists. Big striker Harry (Smith) caused all sorts of problems whenever the ball was flighted into the box, scoring himself, whilst full-back Dan (James) scored a cracker too.

Kitch also spoke about an unusual incident surrounding referee, Alan Young: “For all the positives in this game, it’s one the referee will want to forget. He forgot to play four minutes of added time at the end of the first half. After a complaint from Pools manager Dave Challinor, he restarted the second period, with the teams playing from the same ends while the time was made up.

“It was a bizarre moment and one I’ve never witnessed before in football. We now have the FA Cup to look forward to. A visit from Ebbsfleet United and an opportunity to set off on a potentially lucrative cup run.”

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Brian Jeeves

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