Kitch delighted with O’s steady progress

Brian Jeeves

Shrewsbury Town v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League One – Croud Meadow – Reaction

Shrewsbury Town 1-3 Leyton Orient 

Peter Kitchen doffed his cap in the direction of Richie Wellens and his Leyton Orient side after they completed a satisfactory first season back in Skyy Bet League One with a comfortable victory over Shrewsbury Town at the Croud Meadow.

Speaking to Yellow Sport, the former O’s frontman said: “We ended the season on a high with an emphatic 3-1 win to consolidate eleventh place and a top-half finish in League One and I can’t think there will be any of our fans who will not be delighted with how the team has fared this season. 

“We raced into a two-goal lead within twenty-four. minutes. Firstly Daniel Adu-Adjei tapped in a cross from Dan Agyei, and then Ethan Galbraith, one of the stand-out loan signings this season, coolly slotted home after racing clear.

“The O’s didn’t dominate possession or the number of shots but made the most of the openings they created. Six minutes after the restart, Dan Agyei added a third when he broke away from the home defence with a surging run to fire home. 

“The Shrews tried to fight back and managed a consolation goal from Dan Udoa when he headed in at the near post fourteen minutes from time, but they couldn’t find the net again despite several chances.”

Kitchen continued: “It was a good way to end the season and a fitting win also for Matt Harrold, who took charge of the team before he departed the O’s for a role at Premier League AFC Bournemouth. 

“The result also ended a run of poor results in March and April, when we won only once, drew two and lost seven. Sadly it was those results which ultimately ended any hopes of us reaching the play-offs after the superb run of form from Christmas put us in contention. 

“But looking at the bigger picture and with a sense of perspective, before the season started no one seriously expected or believed we could do this and would have accepted us not going straight back to League Two. 

“When considering the circumstances and some of the issues facing the team, we now have a solid base to build on for next season. We flourished despite the lack of League One experience for many of the players, the number of young players who have made up the squad, but continued to show their potential alongside the No of Loanees down the spine of the team that we have had to rely upon for most of the season. 

“However, everyone can see that the serious injuries to several key players halfway through the campaign have contrived to put a spanner in the works at a key point in the season.”

Kitchen concluded: “O’s fans should enjoy the feel-good factor and positive vibes at the club on and off the pitch, with crowds in E10 between 7-8000 for most of the season and with many sold out. 

“There have been several new sponsors and partners joining the club to help swell the club’s coffers and the quality of the hospitality has been taken to a higher level. 

“For myself, it’s been a pleasure to report on the O’s progress this season and see how they have adjusted to the higher level and I’m already looking forward to next season. 

“It will be a busy summer for Richie Wellens and Martin Ling who will already be turning their attention to planning the next stages of the team’s development, so let’s all enjoy the moment.” 

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Brian Jeeves

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