Kitch concerned over the O’s desperate situation

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

Leyton Orient 2-2 Stevenage

Despite a late Theo Archibald equaliser, Leyton Orient supporters trudged worriedly away from the Breyer Group Stadium feeling the icy spectre of relegation breathing heavily down their collective necks.

Who knows, the O’s Sky Bet League Two point against fellow strugglers, Stevenage could prove to be priceless. But with Carlisle and Colchester winning, the East Londoners are now hovering just four points above the dropzone and are without a win in thirteen matches.

Former frontman, Peter Kitchen, remains a concerned fan: “For much of the second half, it looked inconceivable, but the unthinkable seemed likely to happen and Stevenage was going to take all three points from this game and push us even closer to the trapdoor into the National League,” he told Yellow Sport.

Former Southend and Colchester defender, Luke Prosser gave Stevenage the lead. And although Ruel Sotiriou levelled on the half-hour, Luke Norris volleyed the visitors back in front swiftly after.

But for the second time in a week, Orient salvaged a point in stoppage time. Archibald – returning to the starting line-up after a one-match ban – relieving some of the pressure on interim boss, Matt Harrold and his beleaguered squad.

“With the margins so minimal, who knows how important those two points will be?” Kitchen added.

“A late goal by Carlisle’s Morgan Feeney dropped Oldham Athletic back to second from bottom, allowing us a four-point cushion over the relegation places. It was Oldham’s first defeat in eight, under John Sheridan. They were beginning to look like leapfrogging us. We’ll see if the result has burst the Latics bubble?

“Meanwhile, we are hanging on by our fingertips, whilst the fans wait to hear when an imminent managerial appointment will be made. Although questionably, will the better candidates be reluctant to join a club in such a precarious position and with the very real possibility of dropping into the National League? Leyton Orient has enormous potential, but it’s a difficult decision at a difficult time for those in charge.”

Kitchen continued: “Matt (Harrold) is doing a sterling job of holding the fort. He has instilled some fighting spirit into the team – as shown with these two late comebacks – as well as seeing the team score twice in two consecutive games, a major achievement considering what has gone before in the previous dozen games.

“It’s a big responsibility for him. However, we are papering over the cracks. We lack cohesion, direction and the players look out of sorts.

“The one positive is that we have one or two games in hand of some of our nearest rivals. These extra games could prove crucial, but only if we can take the points so we have to find a way to win from somewhere and give ourselves a cushion, especially as we also have to play both Barrow and Oldham in the run-in.

At this stage of the season, it is still in our hands and down to what we do. But this won’t last long without winning games of football. The reality of our situation is that we still haven’t won in thirteen. Any confidence gained from the two games this week will be, at best, very brittle.

At the moment, I can’t see where those points will come from, especially with our next two games away at Hartlepool and top of the table Forest Green. These fixtures will be very difficult games to navigate.”

Brian Jeeves

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