Kitch impressed with O’s swift progress

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Leyton Orient 2-1 Oldham Athletic

Peter Kitchen is hugely impressed with what he is seeing from Jobi McAnuff’s Leyton Orient and believes the interim boss has taken another step towards making his appointment permanent with the Brisbane Road club.

O’s edged out Oldham Athletic in an exciting contest in E10. Connor Wilkinson profited from some poor defending to fire the home side ahead, while Dan Kemp doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time with a stunning strike from 25-yards.

Despite the Latics reducing the arrears through Alfie McCalmont, McAnuff’s men held firm to record their third successive victory, moving them within four points of the play-off places.

“It was an exciting, end-to-end game bearing little resemblance to what we have dished up over the past two months, “Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“From an Orient perspective, the performance was eye-catching for several reasons with the team showing a resurgence of attacking intent, focus and a belief in what the boss is trying to achieve.

“Jobi’s appointment has also highlighted the benefit of his playing experience in galvanising the players and getting them behind him. For me, it’s suggesting that the managerial change should have happened some months back.

“He’s got the correct players in their rightful positions with previous outcasts, Turley and Widdowson now alongside Happe and Akinola, adding steel and strength to the back four.

“And with Brophy now further forward, linking up well with Dan Kemp, alongside a rejuvenated Conor Wilkinson, we were causing Oldham all sorts of problems.

“Danny Johnson worked tirelessly to find an opening, but he was still a little isolated and looked frustrated – he desperately needs a goal for his confidence. I think Jobi now needs to find a way to bring him into the play more because he is a natural goalscorer, a match-winner and he has so much to offer the team.

The former O’s frontman added: “This week’s results have seen the O’s build up a head of steam and momentum ahead of the three-game Easter programme, which has always been a defining part of the season.

“However, we need to take each game as it comes and see where we are positioned after the Cheltenham game before anyone starts to get carried away with talk of an outside chance of a top seven place.”

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