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Leyton Orient 2-0 Morecambe – Reaction
Peter Kitchen was delighted to see Leyton Orient add another string to their bow by digging out a priceless victory over fellow play-off contenders, Morecambe at the Breyer Group Stadium.
O’s made it nine points out of nine and seven wins from eight home game, but it was far from vintage stuff from the East Londoners against a well-drilled Shrimps outfit.
“Morecambe looked defensively strong and looked set for a point – only the most partisan O’s fans would have been satisfied with what was a dull performance from Orient before the late goals,” Kitchen explained.
“The way Morecambe set up, getting everyone behind the ball, forced us into frustrating square passes and didn’t allow us to get the ball forward quickly enough to penetrate their defensive shield.
“However, sometimes you have to win ugly. The three points have lifted us above Morecambe, into the play-off places and just three points behind leaders, Carlisle United – Not a bad days work all in all.”
Orient started in the 4-3-3 formation, which appears to be increasingly favoured by boss Ross Embleton, with James Brophy at left-back and new signing, Dan Kemp on the bench.
Danny Johnson’s exclusion came as a big surprise. His place taken by Ruel Sotiriou, while speculation rose to suggest the O’s leading marksman was subject to an imminent move away from E10. As it transpired, a ligament injury had sidelined the 27-year-old.
“I think Danny’s absence was a factor in our slow, predictable approach,” Kitchen added.
“It was as if we were playing with no focal point in the side. It’s vital that Orient get him back to full fitness and firing on all cylinders if we are to further our challenge towards the top.
“We now have another big game at Brisbane Road, facing Forest Green Rovers – themselves two points above the O’s. It’s a crucial encounter for both teams and could go some way towards where we might end up come the end of the season.”