Kitch concerned over O’s slump

Peter Kitchen on Leyton Orient’s 2-1 Sky Bet League Two defeat at Cambridge United as well as his thoughts ahead of the derby with Southend United at the Breyer Group Stadium (Tuesday 7pm).

I think it’s fair to say, Peter Kitchen’s frustration has evolved into concern as Leyton Orient slipped to their fourth Sky Bet League Two defeat in five at Cambridge United.

With Head Coach, Ross Embleton self-isolating, Danny Senda took charge of the O’s. However, recent frailties were once again exposed as Danny Johnson’s sixteenth goal of the season was wiped out within two second-half minutes thanks to Wes Hoolahan and Paul Mullin.

“It was a case of more of the same from Orient,” Kitchen bemoaned.

“We took the lead but failed to build on the initiative. It might have been a game of two halves. But once we went behind, Orient couldn’t raise their game or muster an equaliser. It was very disappointing.

“The defeat highlights the frailty of our play-off aspirations. We don’t appear to be learning any lessons from previous performances and seem incapable of imposing ourselves and killing a game off when we are in the driving seat

“Their neat possession football might raise expectation but invariably we are naive, lack characters as well as the strength and aggression to dominate games.

And the former frontman’s concerns stretch towards Tuesday’s derby with Southend at the Breyer Group Stadium.

“I don’t think it matters who we are playing, it’s important we turn the corner as soon as possible – derby or otherwise. Fresh optimism is needed. If you look at Southend, they have recently found a system which is working and they have stuck to it.

“As a result, they are five unbeaten and will now fancy their chances of extending that run in E10. Indeed, currently, Southend are displaying the attributes of a side playing for their manager and might now be seen in some peoples eyes as the favourites going into the game?

“They are doing the dirty jobs, the basics. Getting in the faces of the opposition, closing down and putting their bodies on the line. As much as the O’s supporters might not want to hear it, the Southend resurgence has been highlighted by attributes currently missing amongst our own group.

“Desire must come from within. We have plenty of ability in the squad but must now match a team fighting for their lives with raw effort and honesty.”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-1 Southend United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-2 Southend United

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