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Leyton Orient 2-3 Grimsby Town – Reaction
A baffled Peter Kitchen aired his concerns following Leyton Orient’s stoppage-time defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town at the Breyer Group Stadium.
After taking an early lead through Conor Wilkinson, the O’s took their foot off the gas and trailed at the break thanks to goals from Luke Waterfall and Owen Williams.
A stylish equaliser from substitute, Jordan Maguire-Drew, should have provided the impetus for a late rally from the East Londoners. However, a late spot-kick from Montel Gibson sent the O’s spinning to their third Sky Bet League Two defeat of the season, leaving them floundering towards the wrong end of the table.
“Orient are looking more like relegation material at the moment,” Kitchen bemoaned.
“It was a real blow. Most concerningly, we don’t appear to be learning anything from these early games and continue to be perpetuating the same failings.
“The constant line up changes must be very unsettling for the players, making it difficult for them to know their respective roles and develop tactical cohesion.
“This is leaving them vulnerable to the same defensive frailties, whilst still persevering with a system that clearly doesn’t get them playing to their full potential.”
Kitchen admitted he was struggling to understand the O’s starting line-up, adding: “It’s very frustrating and hard to see the logic of not playing your best players from the start.
“Jobi McAnuff was only introduced midway through the second half, as was Jordan Maguire-Drew. For me, this limited the effectiveness of Ruel Sotiriou and Danny Johnson, both who thrive off their creativity.
“We now have a difficult trip to Birkenhead on Tuesday night to face Tranmere Rovers. Football always offers the chance to recover quickly, and with the season still at such an early stage the group will know that a few wins can quickly send them up the table.”