Kitch bewildered by O’s late collapse

Port Vale v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Vale Park – Reaction

Port Vale 3-2 Leyton Orient

I think almost everyone connected with Leyton Orient Football Club was left scratching their head in bewilderment after those frantic final few minutes at Vale Park and Peter Kitchen was no exception.

When Tom James fired the O’s ahead four minutes from time, it looked like a case of ‘Goodnight Irene’ for their Burslem hosts. However, Orient, so often reliable and remorseful this season, slipped. Stoppage-time goals from Dennis Politic and Jamie Proctor turned the contest on its head – The O’s headed home frustrated and pointless.

“That old joke of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory was never more appropriate,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“It was a frenzied finale, but ultimately Orient threw away what appeared to be a certain win and three precious points.

“Manager Kenny Jacket will be both disappointed and furious with his team for allowing Port Vale back into this game when his team should have kept the ball and run down the clock. Instead, we provided them with the initiative and impetus they needed to come back.”

Orient dropped to fourth place, with both Vale and Harrogate town leapfrogging them in the Sky Bet League Two table: “It was a cruel ending to this game for us,” Kitch added.

“Without doubt, we are kicking ourselves not to have taken at least a point. I hope it doesn’t prove crucial later in the season. These things can come back to bite you on the backside.

“With League leaders, Forest Green and Harrogate both winning, it adds extra significance to our game next week away at seventh-placed Barrow.

“The Cumbrians won by a goal to nil at Mansfield Town at the weekend. The league is beginning to sort itself out after two months of the season. The leading team’s and contenders and beginning to emerge. Orient must ensure they remain amongst them.”


Brian Jeeves

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