Peter Kitchen: Now that’s more like it, O’s!

Leyton Orient 2-1 Newport County – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN was delighted to see Leyton Orient return to winning ways and insisted they have now offered a glimpse of what they are capable of going forward.

On an emotional day when the Breyer Group Stadium’s West Stand was renamed after the late Justin Edinburgh, both Orient and another of his former clubs, Newport County, played out a hard-fought encounter which the former-defender would have fully approved of.

But it was the O’s who stepped up, ending a wait for a home Sky Bet League Two victory which stretched back to early October thanks to late goals from Marvin Ekpiteta, via a deflection and Ruel Sotiriou.

Newport pulled one back in the final moments through Jamie Matt but Kitchen was impressed with Orient’s toil, which lifted them nine points away from the dropzone.

“This was an altogether more positive approach and performance from Orient,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“They were facing a decent, well-organised Newport County side. I think the display suggested that as much of their problems have been psychological as they have technical. Nevertheless, on an emotional afternoon, Orient held their nerve and was patient for the breakthrough.”

Kitchen continued: “Unsurprisingly, with Justin in the hearts of both clubs, it was a tense affair with both wanting to win for their former boss who had historically led both to promotion from the National League.

“But Orient were bright and offered the sort of positivity going forward which we have all wanted to see. Coming off the back of the draw with Northampton, Ross Embleton’s men now have something concrete to build on.

“This could be a turning point for Orient. Ross now has to impose his own personality on the team and to maintain a winning mental attitude.

“We now have two tough games coming up against high-flying Crewe Alexandra and then against a Stevenage side fighting for their lives. Points from those games could all but dispel any relegation worries completely and set us up for an altogether more comfortable conclusion to the season.”

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Brian Jeeves

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