Kitch quick to hand Ross the credit

Leyton Orient 4-0 Bolton Wanderers – Reaction

Peter Kitchen stacked praise on Head Coach, Ross Embleton, after Leyton Orient’s emphatic four-goal demolition of Bolton Wanderers at the Breyer Group Stadium.

The O’s produced a superb performance, racing into a 3-0 lead at the break thanks to goals from Danny Johnson, Jobi McAnuff and Conor Wilkinson. And they continued to press menacingly after the restart – Craig Clay rounding off a hugely satisfactory afternoon for Embleton and his charges.

“This was the sort of performance I have been advocating in my Yellow Sport column for several weeks,” Kitchen enthused.

“When players are in agreement with the tactics and the jobs they are asked to do, the result is a team firing on all cylinders.

“Ross deserves much of the credit for taking on board the recent criticisms. Recently, he has given the players more attacking focus and direction – they have responded accordingly.”

The former frontman believed settled team selection had played its part in the O’s revival, adding: “Ross played with virtually the same team for the fourth consecutive game. The change being Joe Widdowson in at left-back and James Brophy pushing forward into a left-midfield position.

“The togetherness certainly showed. The players looked a yard quicker and the side a lot more balanced and dangerous.

“Jobi was again conducting things in midfield, while Brophy was asking all sorts of questions of the Bolton defence.

“The turn around over the last four games has been marked and with ten points from twelve on offer. If we can maintain this momentum, then the play-offs are not out of reach.

“The schedule is demanding, with league and cup matches to follow this week against Forest Green Rovers and Newport County. But on recent evidence, Orient are very much up to the challenge.”

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Brian Jeeves

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