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Leyton Orient v Tranmere Rovers – Emirates FA Cup Second Round – Breyer Group Stadium – Reaction

Leyton Orient 4-0 Tranmere Rovers

Peter Kitchen called upon Leyton Orient to rediscover their ruthless streak and that is exactly what the former frontman got as the east Londoners blitzed Tranmere Rovers by four unanswered goals to make Emirates FA Cup progress.

Harry Smith scored twice, while Omar Beckles and an Aaron Drinan penalty completed the rout and ensured that Orient are in the hat for Monday evening’s third round draw.

“Everyone connected with the club is hoping for a plumb tie,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“A dream trip to one of the Premier League big boys, or based on our current home form, one of the remaining non-league or lower league teams would be most welcome. The latter, providing an opportunity to progress even further in the competition.”

Kitchen, who was a member of the O’s 1978 FA Cup semi-final team, insisted that this performance provided ample proof of exactly what Kenny Jackett’s team are capable of: “We completely dominating Tranmere. We made them look anonymous for most of the game. Drubbing a team who are only two places below us in the League Two table highlights just how good this team can be when we are firing on all cylinders.

“Harry Smith and Aaron Drinan both have eleven goals to their name to date. Further proof that we have players capable of regularly finding the net.”

Kitch continued: “It’s baffling that we only seem capable of scoring goals in blocks and also that we struggle to win more away matches. We have a tag as draw specialists. Perhaps it is a psychological problem? Apart from the odd lapse, we are defensively sound.

“If we can get the balance right consistently then there is no reason why we can’t be in the promotion shake-up come next May.

“Jackett now needs his players to recreate this level of performance on Tuesday night when a dangerous Swindon Town are the visitors to E10.

“Swindon are in a rich vein of league form, having won three and drawn one of their last four matches, moving them up to fourth place in the process with a game in hand. The Robins are also in the third round draw after winning at Walsall by the odd goal in three.

“It’s a big game and one the O’s really must win if they harbour hopes of staying in touch with the divisions’ leading pack.”


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