Stevenage 0-2 Leyton Orient – Reaction
Peter Kitchen was delighted to see Leyton Orient see off Stevenage by two unanswered goals – just as he predicted – to move within three points of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places.
A stunning strike from substitute Jordan Maguire-Drew swiftly followed by one from Conor Wilkinson earned the O’s their second victory on the road in a week, painting a far brighter picture following frustrating recent results against Walsall and Grimsby.
“It doesn’t get much better than that,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“The right result, a clean sheet and solid performance – particularly after half-time, when Orient got their noses in front.
“Both sides looked a little jaded during the early stages. However, Stevenage – a side that has lost their last three at home without scoring – rarely looked like breaking that sequence as Orient grew into the game and ended up worthy winners.”
The former frontman continued: “Ross Embleton seems to have taken some of the recent criticism levelled against him, regarding player rotation, on board. Only one change from the side that started at Tranmere and with Jobi McAnuff in from the off, Orient look a far more balanced side.
“We also appear to be playing on the front foot, while the defensive lapses, evident against Grimsby, have been eradicated.”
Kitchen now wants to see Orient turn their Breyer Group Stadium home into a fortress, adding: “All three of our league victories have come away from home. With no crowds at the moment, I don’t see playing at home as a mental thing or added pressure.
“I think we just need to play the same way. Start winning the home games as well and the table will start looking healthy pretty soon.
“We have a chance to do that with both Exeter City and Bolton wanderers visiting this week. Another two successes will put the troubled start behind us and allow us to think about challenging for a top-seven place.”