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Leyton Orient 3-1 Walsall – Reaction
LEYTON ORIENT is expected to name their new manager early this week. Nevertheless, Peter Kitchen insisted that interim boss, Ross Embleton, will hand over the reins with the club in a good place after they saw off Walsall in front of a packed Breyer Group Stadium crowd.
Stuart Sinclair handed the Saddlers a first-half advantage. However, Orient hit back after the break – Joe Widdowson capping his 100th appearance for the east Londoners with a stunning free-kick, then Matt Harrold and Conor Wilkinson confirming their success, lifting the O’s further clear of the dropzone.
Even the dismissal of Wilkinson couldn’t derail Orient as they recorded their fourth win of the campaign. Almost 7,000 attended the match, including a sizable following from the Black County, and Kitchen thought the home contingent have good cause to be buoyant.
“Whoever takes over will find a club and team in a healthy place,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Orient has found some form and are unbeaten in three League Two matches – that is down to Ross as much as the players. He has provided a valuable buffer since the sad events of the summer. The O’s are building momentum and have plenty to be encouraged by.”
But Kitchen was wary that the O’s had to fight for their latest success.
“I thought we looked a bit ponderous and predictable during the opening 45 minutes. Walsall had the lead and looked comfortable. However, whatever was said during the interval, worked. Widdowson’s goal lifted everyone and Orient started to play some fine flowing football.
“Matt Harrold found the net – his return to the starting XI has proved crucial. We now have two huge away games at Grimsby and Plymouth. I’m sure the new man will be in place by then – he faces a tough introduction, but one this team are perfectly capable of navigating.
“It’s going to be a big week at Brisbane Road – A defining moment for the remainder of the season and perhaps the future of this great football club.”
Leyton Orient: Brill, Widdowson, Gorman (Marsh 68’), Coulson (Capt), Clay, Wilkinson, Judd, Happe, Brophy (Dayton 90’), Harrold (Alabi 83), Wright Subs not used: Sargeant, Maguire-Drew, Dennis, Ogie
Walsall: Roberts, Clarke (Cap, Scarr, Sinclair, Kinsella, Holden (Adebayo 68’), Guthrie (Norman 64), McDonald (Gordon 68’), Liddle, Gaffney, Jules Subs not used: Rose, Sadler, Hardy, Bates
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: Conor Farrell and Louis Marks
Fourth Official: Nicholas Cooper
Attendance: 6,951 (852 from Walsall)