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Walsall v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Banks’s Stadium – Reaction
Walsall 0-2 Leyton Orient
Peter Kitchen wanted to see a response and was subsequently impressed with what Leyton Orient delivered as they ended Walsall’s recent impressive home form with a 2-0 Sky Bet League Two victory at the Banks’s Stadium.
Harry Smith and Otis Khan struck in the opening sixteen minutes all but killing the contest. Former frontman, Kitchen gave a nod of approval in the direction of O’s boss, Richie Wellens and his side.
“Richie wanted to see his side bounce back following a disappointing defeat at Oldham during the week and he got the ideal response,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“This was our fourth win in seven since Wellens took charge. Significantly, it brought Walsall’s run of four home wins to a conclusion following an impressive display.
“Richie made four changes, with Thompson, Pratley, Drinan and Ogie returning and added experience. The returning quartet had all appeared in good nick prior to their exclusion at Oldham, a performance that highlighted a lack of quality in depth in the current squad.”
Kitchen continued: “The O’s looked much more balanced and there was an immediate impact, with Smith and Khan swiftly getting on the scoresheet. Walsall wasn’t able to find a way back. It was particularly pleasing to see us control the game right to the end, staying solid, not allowing the home side so much as a sniff and keeping a clean sheet.
“I thought this was a clear display of our progress as we have witnessed Orient surrender the lead on several occasions during the season due to poor game management.
“The result lifted us into fourteenth place. the aim must be to accumulate as many points as possible and attempt to break into the top half of the table – A far cry from the relegation fears that gripped us just a few weeks ago.
“A strong finish to the season will provide confidence amongst the players and owners while lifting the supporter’s optimism ahead of next season.
“I’m sure if the hierarchy feels that their promotion ambitions can be met, they will back Wellens with his player requirements and plans for strengthening the squad during the summer.”