Cambridge United 2-3 Leyton Orient – Reaction
PETER KITCHEN predicted in his Yellow Sport column that Leyton Orient would head to Cambridge United and end their recent winless sequence, and the former O’s frontman was delighted to see that particular forecast bear fruit as the east Londoners survived a late fightback to snaffle all three points at the Abbey Stadium.
Jamie Turley, Josh Wright’s follow-up after his penalty was saved and a free-kick from Jordan Maguire-Drew saw the O’s lead 3-0 at the break. However, an eventful second period saw Jack Roles and Sam Smith – also from the spot – pull Cambridge back into the contest, while the U’s Reggie Lambe and Orient’s Myles Judd both saw red in a frantic finale.
“Wow, there was plenty going on out there,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“I just had that feeling that the O’s would do it – although I thought it would be a little more comfortable when we were three goals up. It was certainly a game of two halves.
“Orient were ruthless in the opening half. Everything came together, it was exactly where Ross Embleton would want them to be – perfect.
“I guess Cambridge got a rocket at half-time. They were never going to allow Orient to dominate like that, especially in front of their own crowd. It was an exciting finish for the neutral but the 1,200 O’s fans will have little left of their fingernails.”
Kitchen continued: “We had to navigate seven minutes of stoppage-time, but the final whistle brought about plenty of relief and lifted us nine points clear of the relegation places.
“It also sets us up nicely for a Boxing Day derby with in-form Colchester United. The U’s are unbeaten in seven and impressively saw off Carlisle United over the weekend. They will come to E10 cock-a-hoop.
“This one could be a right cracker – If Orient can see off one of the top sides it will set us up nicely heading towards the New Year.”