Kitch fearful that O’s season could fizzle out

Leyton Orient 1-2 Crawley Town – Reaction

Peter Kitchen is fearful that Leyton Orient’s bid for a Sky Bet League Two play-off place is already fizzling out after the East Londoners were beaten by Crawley Town at Breyer Group Stadium.

The O’s had won their previous four home league matches but they slipped to twelfth – three points outside the top-seven after an own-goal from Josh Coulson coupled with one from leading marksman, Max Watters, saw the visitors leapfrog them in the table.

This was the O’s second defeat in a week: “Overall, we were unconvincing throughout the game,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“Despite having most of the ball, we looked very predictable, played far too many square passes and lacked attacking ideas and creativity in the final third. This allowed Crawley to deal comfortably with what little attacking threat we had.

“Again, we’ve shown the inconsistency which is likely to dent any play-off aspirations. Orient failed to make an impression after the interval. It was another disappointing day at the office.”

Kitchen again questioned Orient’s flexibility, adding: “There appears to be a fixation with a 4-3-3 system and a reluctance to change or to mix things up and be more adventurous.

It wasn’t until the last quarter of an hour that Ross Embleton made any substitutions, but by then Crawley looked to have the game under control and they sewed it up with Watters late strike.

“It was hard to take any positives from this performance. However, the O’s situation is not beyond redemption and we all should be able to maintain an optimistic outlook.

“We remain three points from the top-seven with two winnable games remaining this month against out of sorts Cambridge United, followed by an eagerly anticipated encounter with bottom of the table, but rapidly improving Southend United.”

Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, Ling, Coulson, Happe, Widdowson (Sotiriou 81′), Clay, Cissé (Kyprianou 79′), McAnuff, Angol (Maguire-Drew 79′), Johnson, Brophy Subs not used: Dayton, Dennis, Akinola

Crawley Town: Morris, Davies (Sesay 57′) Tunnicliffe, Craig, Dallison-Lisbon, Matthews (Nadesan 65′), Powell, Hessenthaler, Allarakhia (Bulman 72′), Watters, Nichols Subs not used: McNerney, Ashford, Galach, Nelson

Brian Jeeves

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