Kitch satisfied with O’s stalemate

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Hartlepool United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Victoria Park – Reaction

Hartlepool United 0-0 Leyton Orient

Although their winless Sky Bet League Two sequence was extended to fourteen matches, incoming Leyton Orient boss, Richie Wellens can be reasonably satisfied with his new charges after they claimed a hard-earned share of the spoils at in-form Hartlepool United.

The goalless draw at Victoria Park edged the O’s five points clear of the dropzone and provided sufficient evidence that the Orient will remain clear of the bottom two.

Former frontman, Peter Kitchen was suitably impressed with what he saw: “Hartlepool have only lost once in ten matches so Richie will be extremely pleased, considering the teams’ recent form,” he told Yellow Sport.

“The new boss is well aware of our position. Before he can even consider imposing his own ideas and football philosophy on the players, he must first put a halt to their alarming slide towards the relegation places. For this reason and the immediate games, it is going to be all about putting points on the board. 

“We’ve not won away since October and now not won at all in fourteen. the introduction of Wellens was brought about to improve the team and restore the fan’s faith. I think most will be pleased with this start.”

Kitchen continued: “Given our situation, I think it was always going to be a scrappy affair. But overall, the O’s work rate and commitment can’t be faulted.

“We created a few chances and the players responded in a very positive manner to their new charge. I’m sure that Richie will believe he has something to build on.

“On a positive note, we are three without defeat after a third-straight draw and have a superior goal difference to most of our rivals in the relegation dogfight.

“The picture looks a little brighter, although Colchester and Carlisle have opened up a sizable gap over the bottom two places after picking up valuable victories.

“I think Barrow, who drew 0-0 at Rochdale, along with Oldham and Stevenage, who were beaten by Swindon Town and Newport County respectively, look favourites to join Scunthorpe in the National League. The Iron looking dead and buried after losing at home to Colchester.”

Kitchen concluded: “We now face a tough away fixture at runaway leaders, Forest Green Rovers. Perhaps not so daunting at the moment with the Green Devils currently experiencing a wobble and going into the match off the back of a home defeat at the hands of Bradford City and without a win in six.

“It’s as good a time as any to play FGR. If Richie can get the players up for this one, then the escape is more than a probability.”

Brian Jeeves