Peter Kitchen: It was a fighting performance which is very pleasing

Oldham Athletic 1-1 Leyton Orient – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN was disappointed that Leyton Orient were unable to claim all three Sky Bet League Two points from their trip to fellow-strugglers, Oldham Athletic. However, the former O’s frontman acknowledged an altogether more resolute performance from the east Londoners.

“We rode our luck at times, but it was a fighting performance which is very pleasing,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

Orient – without a win in six league outings – couldn’t have made a worse start – falling behind to a Jonny Smith goal in only the second minute. However, Jordan Maguire-Drew dragged the visitors level midway through the first half to earn a share of the spoils and keep the gap between themselves and the relegation place at six points.

Livewire Jones nearly won it for the Latics in the final stages. However, his dead-ball effort came back off an upright.

Kitchen continued: “Following on from the midweek Trophy match at Bristol Rovers, O’s showed a bit of character. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a committed, effective performance. Under recent circumstances, that is a plus.

“Avoiding defeat was hugely important because it is very tight in the bottom half of the table. Twelve clubs are still twitching nervously – every single point is now vital.

Kitchen praised Interim boss, Ross Embleton, who has again stepped in during a tough period: “Ross has done a terrific job in maintaining the team spirit under very difficult circumstances. I think in years to come, people who love Leyton Orient will see him as a very important figure in this particular stage of the clubs history. His efforts must not go unnoticed and should be recorded accordingly.

“However, the club does need to appoint an experienced manager, and soon. I don’t think the uncertainty is helping the players. There is a lack of cohesion, something which was a key feature last season. But I do understand that the owners will want to get this one spot-on.

“The busy Christmas period is almost upon us. Orient have to rediscover a way to win. Results are more important than performances at the moment. It is a time to dig deep, do the dirty jobs and battle our way up the table.”

Brian Jeeves

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