Kitch delighted with O’s Cup progress

Brian Jeeves

Leyton Orient v Carlisle United – Emirates FA Cup first-round – Brisbane Road – Reaction

Leyton Orient 3-1 Carlisle United

Peter Kitchen was satisfied with Leyton Orient’s toil after they saw off fellow League One outfit, Carlisle United to book their place at the second round stage of the Emirates FA Cup.

The East Londoners recorded a 3-1 success over the Cumbians at Brisbane Road: “I mentioned in the preview that I hoped Richie Wellens would recognise the importance of this game, especially with all the associated benefits of having a good FA Cup run,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport. 

“How important it was for the Club to approach the tie in the right mindset by playing a strong team and going all out for a win by playing on the front foot, and looking to turn the chances we are creating into goals.”

Kitchen continued: “There’s no doubt that Richie and his team delivered, by scoring three goals in a match for the first time this season. The O’s have been knocked out in the first round of this competition on three of the last four occasions and have not had a decent FA Cup run for more than a decade, whilst Carlisle have progressed through to the second round on fourteen of the last fifteen occasions. 

“This game therefore looked set to be an open end-to-end game and hopefully, with a lot of goals, although judging by the relatively low turnout by the fans, they weren’t too convinced. 

“Richie made two changes with Ed Turns returning at centre back and Shaq Forde coming in up front for Ruel Sotiriou, who was rested on the bench. The O’s started very impressively and in the first quarter took the game to the visitors. After Owen Moxon’s foul in the box on Dan Happe, the O’s were awarded a penalty, which was confidently dispatched by Joe Pigott, sending Holy in the visitors’ goal the wrong way in the tenth minute. 

“Carlisle gradually started to improve and began to dominate the home side in the second quarter as they went searching for an equaliser. After the restart, they picked up where they left off and took the initiative away from the O’s. They were rewarded in the fiftieth minute when Joe Garner headed an equaliser. For a short time after, it looked like the O’s might be punished for failing to capitalise earlier in the game.

“However, they showed a lot of spirit to get themselves back in front in the sixty-fifth minute with a goal from half-time substitute Aaron Drinan, a player badly in need of a confidence booster and this strike may just have got the proverbial monkey off his back. The O’s were now in the ascendency. Ruel Sotiriou was brought on for Pigott in the last fifteen minutes to give us an attacking edge and he responded in added time with his sixth goal of the season to see us into Sunday’s second-round draw.”

Kitchen concluded: “This result now extends our unbeaten run to 6 and we have now lost only once in the last 10 games, which is certainly an excellent run of form. This is building confidence and momentum and also a winning mentality, which comes at an ideal time because next weekend, we welcome second-top Oxford United to E10 in what will be a very real test of our progress and a crucial game for both teams.”

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Brian Jeeves

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