Kitch is delighted as Super O’s clinch the title

Leyton Orient v Crewe Alexandra – Sky Bet League Two – Brisbane Road – Reaction

Leyton Orient 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

Peter Kitchen couldn’t hide his delight after he’d watched Leyton Orient clinch the Sky Bet League Two title following a 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at a soldout Brisbane Road.

“It was one of those ‘I was there’ moments that make supporting and following your club worthwhile,” the former O’s frontman told Yellow Sport.

“These days are special for every football supporter, but especially for the long-suffering O’s fans, who only nine years ago saw their club drop out of the Football League and almost into liquidation. 

“It was a wonderful occasion to see us win the title by beating Crewe. This coming only days after we’d clinched promotion at Gillingham, giving the fans and players a week of double celebrations.

“With the news coming through at the final whistle that close rivals Stevenage had lost 1-0 at play-off hopefuls Mansfield Town, the team had got the job done with three games still to play in what is a magnificent achievement in a record-breaking season.”

Kitchen continued: “There was a huge sense of expectation when the game kicked off, and the O’s started very brightly taking the game to the visitors and going close on several occasions. With Crewe under the cosh, it seemed only a matter of time before the O’s would find the net. 

“However, against the run of play, Crewe’s Chris Long found himself clean through with only Vigouroux to beat but fired high over the bar. The O’s were looking a bit off the pace and sluggish. They needed to move the ball more quickly and increase their tempo. Half-time gave Richie Wellens a chance to get his players back on track. 

“Within six minutes of the restart, Darren Pratley was tumbled over in the visitors’ box and the O’s were awarded a penalty. George Moncur coolly slotted home the resultant spot kick, his fifth penalty success of the season, sending the home fans into raptures. 

“The O’s went looking for a second to put the game to bed, but Crewe was always a danger on the break and nerves were still jangling. But the visitors shot themselves in the foot in the seventy-seventh minute, when a mix-up in the defence caused keeper Richards to completely miss his kick, leaving Charlie Kelman through on goal and all alone to run the ball into an empty net and seal the title for the O’s. 

“Immediately following the end of the game, ecstatic O’s fans flooded onto the pitch to applaud Wellens, his staff and the players and also the directors, management team, staff and the players and deservedly so.”

Kitchen concluded: “The team are not finished yet. They can still play a massive part in the promotion race, with games at eighth-placed Mansfield Town, and fourth-placed Stockport County in E10, as well as the season finale at Bradford City in seventh. Knowing Wellens, he will still want to win all three of these games and finish the season in style. 

“There is a wonderful synergy now flowing through the club from the Boardroom, generated by the leadership and direction given by Chairman Nigel Travis and Principal Investor Kent Teague and with League One Football to look forward to next season, one can’t help feeling that this story is to be continued.”

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Brian Jeeves

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