Peter Kitchen: It’s a step in the right direction

Leyton Orient 1-1 Northampton Town – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN offered credit where it was due after Leyton Orient battled their way to a precious Sky Bet League Two point against in-form Northampton Town at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Josh Wright netted from the spot five minutes from time to salvage a 1-1 draw for the O’s, this after Ryan Watson had handed the Cobblers the lead on the stroke of half-time.

The drama exploded immediately after Wright’s penalty after Northampton’s Wharton and Orient’s James Dayton became embroiled in a skirmish after the latter had attempted to swiftly retrieve the ball as Orient went in search of a winner. Both players were subsequently dismissed by referee, Alan Young, in a bad-tempered finale.

Nevertheless, this was an important point for Orient, who edged further away from the relegation zone as a result.

“The first half was a little nervy, although Orient and their manager appeared to have taken on board the recent criticism,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“Fair play to Ross for being braver and changing things after the break. We looked far more likely to get something with a bit of width, while Jordan Maguire-Drew made a difference after arriving as a second-half substitute.

“Indeed, I thought Orient looked more likely to win it in the final stages. I’ll offer what I believe to be constructive criticism, but I’m also happy to hold my hands up and give praise when the manager and players respond in the way they did.”

Kitchen continued: “A draw with Northampton Town isn’t a bad result in the great scheme of things, but we now have to start winning. It’s up to Ross Embleton and the team to remember what worked and what didn’t last night.

“It’s a small step but definitely one in the right direction. We now have to build on that, starting Saturday against another tough opponent, Newport County.”


Brian Jeeves

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