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Leyton Orient v Ebbsfleet United – Emirates FA Cup first round – Breyer Group Stadium – Reaction
Leyton Orient 1-0 Ebbsfleet United
Winning is a good habit and despite gaining promotion from Sky Bet League Two being viewed as a priority, Peter Kitchen isn’t adverse to Leyton Orient compiling an Emirates FA Cup run along the way.
Aaron Drinan followed up last weekends’ hat-trick against Hartlepool United with the only goal of the game midway through the first half, sinking an otherwise resilient Ebbsfleet United side in E10: “Kenny Jacket showed his respect for this tournament and the opposition by selecting a strong team,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“Kenny made only one change from the side that thrashed Hartlepool. with Kyprianiou coming in to replace Alex Mitchell. Going strong proved to be a wise decision in a competition which is renowned for upsets.
“National League South Ebbsfleet United – Two levels below us in the football pyramid – were the kind of opponents capable of providing just such a shock. They were no pushovers and deserved credit for putting up a spirited fight and taking the game right to the wire over the ninety minutes.”
Kitchen continued: “We had chances to put the game beyond doubt, but Ebbsfleet kept fighting and provided a final flourish in the closing stages, pushing for an equaliser. However, the defensive solidity – which has been a feature of the O’s improvement under Jackett – held firm as we recorded another clean sheet.
“We all hope for a favourable second round draw. An opportunity to progress further and perhaps pull out a lucrative tie against one of the Premier League big boys.”
“A good cup run will always give the players a confidence booster, whilst also providing the fans with a welcome diversion from the pressures of the league games.
“The O’s have an EFL trophy game on Tuesday at home against Charlton Athletic, so they also have the diversion of this competition. I’d suspect Jackett will make more changes for this game as he focuses on next Saturday’s visit to Rochdale and his priority, which I’m sure is winning promotion.”