Newport County v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Rodney Parade – Reaction
Newport County 2-2 Leyton Orient
Peter Kitchen believed Leyton Orient boss, Kenny Jackett will be frustrated with his side following their entertaining 2-2 Sky Bet League Two draw with Newport County at Rodney Parade.
Despite claiming a share of the spoils on the road, Orient appeared the better side and dominated for long periods against a County side playing their first home league fixture of the campaign.
“A combination of poor finishing and great goalkeeping from Newport’s Joe Day denied us all three points,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Jacket’s approach to the game displayed the benefit of his experience and confidence in playing a different system to deal with enforced changes and the pace of the Exiles attack.
“I guessed the manager might do something similar earlier in the week. It was something I’d advocated the team do several times last season. He started with a 5-3-2 formation, including three central defenders -Shadrack Ogie keeping his place and a three-man midfield, while Craig Clay retained a place alongside skipper Darren Pratley and new signing from Millwall, Alex Mitchell.
“That along with Aaron Drinan back from injury, replacing Ruel Sotiriou who is on international duty and partnering big Harry Smith, saw us play at a high tempo, direct and with purpose and intensity. We also looked fairly solid at the back. Again, it was in stark contrast to the slow, predictable football served up last season.”
The former frontman continued: “We always looked dangerous, especially from crosses and set pieces. The aerial threat of 6’7″ Smith was the difference as he bagged both goals with headers either side of half-time. Unfortunately, momentary lapses of concentration twice allowed County back into the game. Clay hauling down Abraham for Matt Dolan to score from the spot, while Telford’s header ten minutes from time set up a tense finale.”
Kitchen insisted there was plenty to be positive about, adding: “We are now starting to gel and to look the real deal. The point keeps us in sixth place with struggling Oldham Athletic visiting E10 next Saturday. It’s a game that gives us a perfect opportunity to continue building momentum and is one I fully expect us to win. “