Peter Kitchen: This was a convincing performance from Orient

Stevenage 0-3 Leyton Orient

PETER KITCHEN is a whole lot happier with Leyton Orient after they all but secured their Football League place with a resounding 3-0 victory over bottom of the table Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium.

Cypriot Under-21 international, Ruel Sotiriou, bagged a brace, while Ouss Cisse – on loan from Gillingham – was also on target as the O’s displayed that ruthless edge which Kitch and the Brisbane Road faithful were hankering.

“This was a convincing performance from Orient,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“It was a game we had to win against a side below us. It was ruthless, has probably ensured our place in the league and has given Ross Embleton some breathing space as he looks to shape the team in what remains of the season.”

As a former striker himself, Kitchen heaped special praise on two-goal Sotiriou, adding: “He caught the eye again with a terrific performance. He clearly has the hunger and is keen to succeed. Ruel’s progress is a huge bonus to Ross and the Orient.”

Kitchen added: “It has been a good week for Orient what with Danny Johnson coming in, Cisse opening his account and another clean sheet. There is now a little competition for places. The new faces have freshened things up and created new impetus and ideas.

“There should certainly be plenty of opportunities now for Ross to experiment with his formation and tactics as he looks to build on the recent progress. It is now vital that Orient follow this result up with a win over Macclesfield Town next week. Ross will be aware that one swallow doesn’t make a summer. He must ensure the O’s push on into midtable, which will be seen as positive consolidation following promotion and the events of the close season.”

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Brian Jeeves

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