Leyton Orient 2-3 Carlisle United – Reaction
Peter Kitchen attempted to piece something together on an error-strewn encounter which saw Leyton Orient slip to their eighteenth Sky Bet League Two defeat of the season and asked more questions than provided answers surrounding interim boss, Jobi McAnuff and his underachieving squad.
Visitors Carlisle United twice came from behind to take the points. Conor Wilkinson’s third-minute goal was wiped out by Jon Mellish.
In between, Carlisle’s Offrande Zanzala and Orient’s Dan Kemp both missed from the spot before Kemp redeemed himself by restoring the East Londoners earlier lead in first-half stoppage-time.
But Orient was to be undone after the restart with Lewis Alessandra converting a spot-kick before George Tanner won it for the Cumbrians in added time.
“With little at stake, Jobi would have been looking for his team to finish strongly, whilst also hoping he has done enough himself for the club to make his appointment a permanent one,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“But in a game with 30 shots – 23 from Carlisle – I’m left wondering what is the next step?
“It was a frustrating defeat because we went out there to have a go at winning the game. But the result and the performance highlighted the limitations of the squad and the size of the task facing the popular captain if he is installed ahead of next season.
The former frontman added: “The omission of leading scorer Danny Johnson and the continuance of playing with a system which many fans do not feel gets the best out of the squad, continues to divide fans’ opinion as to whether Jobi is the right man to change the brand and style of football served up for most of the season.
“With lots of players out of contract – including three of the clubs most skilful and consistent performers and some, for me, passed their best or not in the clubs’ long-term plans – the task of the rebuilding is a huge one for whoever is in the hot seat.”
Kitchen insisted the O’s must still be professional with their approach ahead of next weekend’s game at Salford City. Particularly as the result could affect the situation involving the top-seven: “We have to go there and provide an honest performance.
“Despite only being involved from the fringes, the permutations are endless for the other clubs.
It promises to be an exciting and very important final day of the season. Although not one which will stick in the memory and that most O’s fans will be glad to see the back off”