Kitch hails O’s fighting spirit

Brian Jeeves

Leyton Orient 2-2 Mansfield Town – Reaction

Peter Kitchen heaped praise on battling Leyton Orient despite the East Londoners producing their most disappointing display of the season to date.

O’s trailed 2-0 with only eight minutes remaining – Former frontman, Jordan Bowery, netting from the spot while Andy Cook appeared to have sealed it for Mansfield with a second eighteen minutes from time.

However, Ross Embleton’s men are made of sterner stuff these days. Danny Johnson reduced the arrears with his fifth goal in as many games. Then Ruel Sotiriou salvaged a precious Sky Bet League Two point, levelling from close range two minutes into stoppage-time.

“It was certainly a point gained for the O’s who largely provided a lacklustre performance, with several players seemingly below par,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“They failed to make the most of their possession, often punting hopeful balls forward instead of switching and using the width more often.

“However, Mansfield deserves some credit for the way they pressured and chased for every ball and outfought the O’s for long spells.”

“Ross brought on Jobi McAnuff as well as forwards Louis Dennis and Lee Angol – The attacking intent certainly changed the game, with more options the O’s finally came to life.”

Kitchen continued: “The O’s are certainly good enough to be amongst the promotion challengers, but they must make it easier for themselves. They need to be braver, bolder and to show more attacking intent from the start – use the ball more effectively and learn how to put teams under pressure and keep them there.

With little time to reflect, we now need to take on board lessons from the game into Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie with Tottenham. It will be a much different game but offers the O’s players an opportunity to mix it with one of the top teams in the country and a world-renowned Manager.”


Brian Jeeves