Kitch ensures O’s credit where it’s due

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Crawley Town v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – The People’s Pension Stadium – Reaction

Crawley Town 0-2 Leyton Orient

A return to winning ways and a decent performance was exactly what the doctor ordered for Peter Kitchen and Leyton Orient.

The East Londoners claimed the points from an entertaining encounter with Crawley Town at the People’s Pension Stadium. Both sides treated the game with the utmost respect despite neither having anything to play for except personal pride.

Goals from Theo Archibald and Aaron Drinan secured the O’s success. Drinan made amends after missing an earlier spot-kick, while Crawley felt aggrieved after James Tilley’s effort appeared to cross the line after thumping the underside of the woodwork, only for the officials to wave play-on.

“Any criticism aimed at the O’s following the defeat to Northampton was answered at Crawley,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“it was our third away win in four, The player’s work rate and overall performance must have pleased manager Richie Wellens, who has seen his team rise from third-bottom to thirteenth in the League Two table.

“We can finish as high as twelfth by winning our final game against Tranmere Rovers in E10 next week but are reliant on Crawley dropping points at already relegated Oldham Athletic.

Kitchen continued: “But the truth is, we are in a far healthier position right now. Wellens only took charge six weeks ago and has made a positive impact.

“I believe the O’s have the nucleus of a decent side. If we can keep most of the current squad, make Archibald and Mitchell permanent signings and add some strength and character in midfield in the summer, then there is no reason why we can’t challenge for promotion next season.”

The former frontman added: “I think the recent games have given the supporters plenty to be positive about.

“The O’s fans are amongst the most patient in English football, but I don’t think we are too far away from a bit of success.

“Wellens has brought common sense and pragmatism to managing the club. He just keeps the message simple.

“We saw both sides of Orient at Crawley. On the front foot in the opening half. Defensively sound in the second. Admittely, we need to pass sterner tests than this one, but we are very much on the right track.”

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