Salford City 1-1 Leyton Orient – Reaction
PETER KITCHEN acknowledged Leyton Orient’s battling Sky Bet League Two point picked up from a tricky trip to the north-west and admitted that he was pleased to have been proved wrong by the players.
Ahead of the match, Kitchn spoke about the team adapting to life back in the Football League but suggested bringing anything back from Salford could prove to be a tall order.
However, after falling behind to a superb Richie Towell strike, the O’s fought back strongly and were rewarded when James Brophy’s toil forced Chris Neal into turning the ball past his own goalkeeper, securing a 1-1 draw at the Peninsula Stadium.
“The manager largely kept faith with the players following the defeat against Crawley – only making one defensive change – and they repaid his trust with a battling performance,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“I don’t mind admitting, I thought this one could prove too tough for the O’s – I’m delighted to be proved wrong.
“Of course, even with a point in the bag, Orient are still finding their feet. Results will differ, although the desire and commitment from this group of players can’t be in question.
“Largely the team have proved they can mix it in League Two. Two wins and two draws from our opening six matches is a decent return. I know there is always an urge to run before we can walk, but I think what with everything O’s fans have been through, we want to reach out for the light at the end of the tunnel.
Kitchen continued: “But I now think we are out of that tunnel. The future is bright, the team are continuing to adapt and get stronger, even with the loss of several key players who moved on at the end of last season – we can all see that.
“The challenge remains to find consistency. I’m sure Ross Embleton will use Tuesday’s game with Southend to give some fringe players minutes. But looking ahead to next week, I think the players are in a good place and ready to test themselves further against a strong Swindon and side.
Leyton Orient now faces Southend United at the Breyer Group Stadium on Tuesday, September 3 in a leasing.com Trophy fixture (7:45pm). They return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday 7 when Swindon Town are the visitors (3pm).
Salford City: Neal, Wiseman, Touray, Piergianni, Maynard, Rooney (J. Jones 76′), Lloyd, Towell, Dieseruvwe, Pond (Threlkeld 50′), Beesley Subs not used: Letheren, Walker, Whitehead, D.Jones
Leyton Orient: Brill, Ling, Ekpiteta, Coulson (Maguire-Drew 63’), Clay, Widdowson, Happe, Brophy (Judd 90+2’), Dennis (Harrold 84’), Angol, Wright Subs not used: Sergeant, Gorman, Marsh, Alabi
Referee: Marc Edwards