Peter Kitchen: Orient’s workmanlike character shone through

Brian Jeeves

Leyton Orient 3-3 Port Vale – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN applauded Leyton Orient’s character after they twice came from behind to earn a share of the spoils following an entertaining six-goal thriller with Port Vale at the Breyer Group Stadium

Josh Wright handed the O’s an early lead. However, goals from Scott Burgess and Leon Legge turned the game on its head before the half-hour mark.

Connor Wilkinson brilliantly curled the O’s back on terms on the hour, but Vale looked like they’d snatched the points when Jake Taylor netted seven minutes from time.

Orient refused to throw in the towel. Wright’s superb header four minutes into stoppage-time salvaged the match, much to the delight of the majority amongst the 5,490 crowd.

“It was entertaining but nailbiting for the O’s fans – the team showed great character to come back twice,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“When Vale scored their third it looked like curtains for Orient. But the fighting spirit and attacking prowess were there for all to see – we do still appear to be fragile defensively though.”

The former O’s frontman was pleased to hear the supporters voice their appreciation for the job interim Manager Ross Embleton has done. Chanting his name and generally showing respect his decision to step back into his assistant coaching role when the club appoints a permanent boss.

“The fans were absolute class. It’s been a tough time, but the proof was there that Orient are not far away from where they want to be.

“I think it’s vital that a permanent appointment is made swiftly. The season doesn’t have to be written off as a lost cause if the new man in the hot seat can harness the positives and sort out the defensive errors.

“It’s still possible to turn the campaign around and consolidate their place in League Two.”

Leyton Orient: Brill, Ling, Widdowson, Ekpiteta (Harrold 46’), Coulson (Capt), Clay (Brophy 58’), Wilkinson, Happe, Dennis (Maguire-Drew 71’), Marsh, Wright Subs not used: Sargeant, Gorman, Ogie, Alabi

Port Vale: Brown (GK), Gibbons, Crookes, Joyce, Legge, Worrall, Oyeleke (Burgess 15’), Pope (Capt) (Bennett 73’), Smith, Taylor, Amoo (Lloyd 89’) Subs not used: Maddison, Kennedy, Lloyd, Brisley, Archer

Attendance: 5,490


Brian Jeeves