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Leyton Orient 1-2 Newport County – Reaction
Peter Kitchen was left frustrated after Leyton Orient’s Emirates FA Cup participation began and subsequently ended, against Sky Bet League Two rivals, Newport County, at the Breyer Group Stadium.
This was the O’s second setback within a week, although Kitch confessed that the O’s aren’t far away from where they want to be.
“The two games with Newport and Forest Green have proved we are not a million miles away,” he told Yellow Sport.
“I think we all knew Ross Embleton would make changes, but perhaps in hindsight quite so many might have been ill-advised against a strong Newport side who currently top League Two.
“I think it highlighted the benefits of a settled starting eleven which have been self-evident in recent weeks with three wins from four matches. I think the changes, particularly the omission of James Brophy, had an impact on the O’s rhythm and creativity. Perhaps it would have been more advantageous to have experimented with the system and introduced any player changes as the game progressed?
Despite the defeat, Kitchen thought the performance of 19-year-old Hector Kyprianou had been a huge success.
“Hector looked lively and keen to make an impression. I think he took his chance and will undoubtedly have caught the eye of the manager.
“He capped the day with a tremendous goal and for me, was Orient’s huge plus from the game.
“It will be interesting to see how Ross approaches Tuesday’s EFL Trophy match with Charlton Athletic – whether he’ll hand some of these boys another opportunity or revert back to something similar to the league line-up. Either way, any lessons gleaned from the two games must be taken on board and considered ahead of next weekends derby with Colchester United at the JobServe Community Stadium.”