Kitch concerned by toothless O’s

Leyton Orient v Walsall – Sky Bet League Two – The Breyer Group Stadium – Reaction

Leyton Orient 0-0 Walsall

Leyton Orient’s recent winless sequence was extended to four games, leaving former frontman, Peter Kitchen concerned that the East Londoners are losing ground on the automatic Sky Bet League Two promotion places.

Resolute Walsall claimed a share of the spoils from a goalless encounter in E10: “It was an unconvincing performance from the O’s,” Kitch told Yellow Sport.

“These are the games we need to be winning. Especially at home and especially when we are harbouring aspirations of promotion come the end of the season.

Kenny Jacket made two changes to his team, with Ruel Sotiriou replacing Aaron Drinan and Tom James back in place of Craig Clay – Paul Smyth – closer to full match fitness on the bench.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to find the finishing touch and lacked creativity until well into the second period, after Smyth had replaced Sotiriou at the break,” Kitch added.

“Indeed, the stats would indicate that we were chasing Walsall for much of the game, with seventeen fouls and only two corners against the visitors nine and seven respectively. We didn’t record a shot on target either.

“It’s a worrying sequence of results for the O’s. We’ve not won in four and have only taken three points from twelve on offer.

“I’m sure Kenny Jacket will take the positives from the game. His side is still in the play-off places and has an opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Forest Green Rovers when they visit the Breyer Group Stadium on Tuesday evening. It’s a massive game and one we can’t afford to lose.”

Kitchen continued: “Our early season promise and fluidity appears to have vanished in recent games. We were disjointed – it could be that the opposition has done their homework and sussed out our way of playing and can nullify the main attacking threats.

“There is no need for the fans to overly worry at this stage of the season, but it might be time for Kenny to try a different formation where he can get more players into the final third and offer more attacking options and creativity.

“With Port Vale, Tranmere, Northampton and new boys Sutton United all winning, while Swindon Bradford and Exeter drew the top half of the table is becoming ever more congested. We must get something from the Forest Green game on Tuesday night and get back on track.”

Brian Jeeves

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