Leyton Orient 1-1 Port Vale – Reaction
Peter Kitchen was left frustrated, disappointed and inquisitive following Leyton Orient’s 1-1 Sky Bet League Two draw with Port Vale at the Breyer Group Stadium.
Dan Kemp earned the O’s a share of the spoils after former Southend United man, David Worrall, had fired the Valiants ahead. However, the East Londoners continue to flounder in midtable, without a win in five and looking highly unlikely to book a play-off place come the end of the campaign.
“It’s difficult to view this any other way than two points dropped,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“It is another nail in the coffin of our play-off aspirations. The performance failed to raise expectations and was impotent, uninspiring and lacking passion.
“We enjoyed the lions share of the ball but possession is meaningless without purpose and an end product. We simply do not create anything in the final third, where it matters.”
Kitchen continued: “It’s even more frustrating because this squad is underachieving. I don’t believe it’s a lack of ability, but every game we come across the same issues which clearly are not getting addressed.
“We seem determined to stick with the same system and gameplan and are unwilling to change or adapt. But with the players appearing to lack energy and enthusiasm, it suggests that they are not fully onboard nor have belief in how they are being asked to play.
“At key times this season, we have not been brave enough nor shown enough ambition to go out to win, highlighted by our recent five-match winless sequence.
“We have dropped to eleventh in the table. As well as losing ground on the leading pack, several other teams above and below us are now on a par in terms of points.
“We have two difficult games this week against a much improved Bradford City away on Tuesday, followed by a real test at home against a resurgent Tranmere Rovers, now in the top seven.
“Although we have no fears of relegation, we are in danger of undoing any progress we appeared to have made earlier in the season.”