Kitch frustrated after O’s stalemate

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

Leyton Orient 0-0 Mansfield Town

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for Leyton Orient, the Brisbane Road faithful and former frontman, Peter Kitchen as the East Londoners were kept at bay by a stubborn Mansfield Town outfit.

Pre-match vibes suggested another three points for Kenny Jackett and his charges. However, the visitors – without a win in six Sky Bet League Two matches – remained compact and solid as Orient missed an opportunity to close the gap on leaders, Forest Green Rovers, who were also held by Tranmere Rovers.

“It was disappointing, particular as we have shown so much promise in recent weeks,” Kitch told Yellow Sport.

“Kenny made one change, bringing in Shadrack Ogie at the back in place of Dan Happe. But with the selection, once again, otherwise much the same, it would appear that the manager has a settled group and perhaps a favoured line-up.

Kitchen continued: “Having scored twelve times in the previous four matches and again dominating this one in terms of possession and shots on goal, we couldn’t find a way through.

“The manager made changes, with Kyprianou and Sotiriou replacing Craig Clay and Aaron Drinan but the cutting edge which has served us so well in recent weeks was missing.

“Mansfield were reduced to ten men in the latter stages when Tyrese Sinclair saw red for violent conduct after kicking out at Theo Archibald. But they regrouped and we couldn’t take advantage.

“Former O’s man, Danny Johnson, failed to make an impression for the visitors too, suggesting defences were on top all-round. He was substituted midway through the second half also struggling to make an impact.”

Kitchen added: “Of course, the manager will be disappointed with the result, but he’ll know from experience that we cant win every game and frustrating afternoons like this will crop up from time to time.

“Nevertheless, he’s able to take positives. We were solid at the back. The clean sheet and point keeps us in second place. Undoubtedly, his attention will now be fully focused on Port Vale. Another tough challenge, but another opportunity to send out a positive message against an in-form promotion rival.”

Brian Jeeves

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