Peter Kitchen: ‘The spirit and character shown by the boys over the Easter period has breathed new life into their fight’ - Crewe Alexandra v Leyton Orient (Saturday 3pm) - Preview

By Brian Jeeves in Football

PETER KITCHEN has spoken about the incredible character displayed by Leyton Orient’s young side in the face of the extreme adversity and chaos that has engulfed the club as they face relegation from the Football League and possible extinction

The O’s travel to Crewe Alexandra knowing that defeat will spell the end of their 112-year stint in the Football League. However, following a spirited Easter performance that saw them draw at Luton Town, then beat Hartlepool United, the east Londoner’s gave themselves a stay of execution, perhaps albeit briefly.

Speaking to Yellow Sport ahead of the Sky Bet League Two trip to Gresty Road, Kitchen said: “Anything less than a win will see Orient relegated. They need to win all three of their remaining games, while Hartlepool and Newport will have to lose all of theirs. It’s virtually a case of mission impossible.

“Nevertheless, the spirit and character shown by the boys over the Easter period has breathed new life into their fight. After the draw at Kenilworth Road against a good Luton side, followed by that terrific display against Hartlepool, O’s fans will believe that anything is still possible.

Kitchen continued to heap praise on the Brisbane Road faithful, who have worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness to the club’s situation, as well as giving the team huge encouragement: “Once again, the supporters will be fully behind the team as well as continue with their fundraising initiatives to save the club.

“This particularly dark chapter of the club’s history has proved beyond doubt that Leyton Orient has a solid fan base who care deeply about the club.”

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