Port Vale 2-3 Leyton Orient – Reaction
Nine points out of nine have moved Leyton Orient into the Sky Bet League Two play-off places and delighted Peter Kitchen no end in the process.
The O’s latest success – courtesy of James Brophy’s late winner at Port Vale – lifted the East Londoners into sixth place, just a point shy of the automatic promotion spots and their former frontman has urged Ross Embleton’s men to remain on the front foot having seemingly turned their season around in recent weeks.
“We’ve recovered after a slow start, then had the nous to stay in the game and then snatch it – a really good return from a potentially tricky away trip,” Kitchen enthused.
“Danny Johnson and Conor Wilkinson were again amongst the goals – 21 between them at this stage of the season is terrific. It is clear for all to see that we have turned it around this last few matches.”
Kitchen continued: “I have continually called for Ross to ditch his player rotation policy, as well as advocating him picking his strongest team to start games -with Jobi McAnuff given a free role centrally to link-up play and James Brophy pushing further forward to best utilise his attacking qualities.
“I’ve also stressed the importance of a settled team – especially the centre back pairing. It appears that the penny has finally dropped, with the defence looking much stronger, less error-prone and more solid with Josh Coulson and Dan Happe used together at the heart for most of the games.
“Earlier in the season, I suggested on several occasions that I believed that this squad had more in the tank and could perform much better if they were set up correctly, with a positive mindset and in a settled system that best suits the players
“With Ross and the players now delivering exactly that, there is no reason why the O’s cant stay amongst the top teams, build momentum and be serious promotion contenders come next May. However, the manager must maintain this train of thought and focus when selecting his team if we are to achieve that goal.”