Peter Kitchen: A perfect time for Fletcher to take the reins

Grimsby Town 0-4 Leyton Orient – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN was purring over Leyton Orient’s latest Sky Bet League Tow performance as Grimsby Town were put to the sword at Blundell Park.

The O’s recorded their biggest victory since returning to the Football League as goals from Daniel Happe, Josh Coulson, James Alabi and
Josh Wright (penalty) confirmed a 4-0 success in Cleethorpes.

The result extended Orient’s unbeaten league sequence to five matches, leaving Kitchen thinking that incoming boss, Carl Fletcher, initially doesn’t need to change too much, if anything, about his new side.

“It was the ideal way for Ross Embleton to hand over the duties to Carl,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“The new manager was watching from the stands and can only have been impressed with what he witnessed as the O’s provided further evidence that they have fully adjusted to the Football League.

“Fletcher is coming into the job at the perfect time and can take the O’s forward. They completely controlled the game and have proved that they are capable of challenging for a play-off place with the momentum and form they have found over the past few weeks.

“The performance was thoroughly professional. Orient was ruthless but also did the dirty jobs well, standing strong when Grimsby rallied after half-time. The home side was left completely demoralised at full-time.”

Kitchen added: “The new man will be very pleased with what he saw and with what he has inherited. Plenty of goals, another clean sheet and two points off the play-off places.

“Carl will face his first challenge in the dugout on Tuesday at Plymouth – Undoubtably, he will be keen to put one over his former club. An added incentive for the O’s and Fletcher is that they can leapfrog Argyle with a win in the West Country on Tuesday night.”

Brian Jeeves

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