Leyton Orient v Port Vale – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Reaction
Leyton Orient 0-0 Port Vale
At best, it was tentative. In truth, it was uneventful, tired and somewhat dull.
Leyton Orient started and finished the day in thirteenth place, although Peter Kitchen remained mindful of the circumstances which have left the O’s playing a game of Sky Bet League Two catch-up following several weeks of inactivity.
“It’s a case of as you were,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“It was a drab encounter, a non-event with few incidents of note. Neither side was able to provide the energy to snatch a decisive goal. Frustratingly, we have not been able to close the gap. Recent postponements have hurt us, with match fitness and momentum difficult to recover at the drop of a hat.
“Debutants, Dan Moss and Otis Khan featured for the O’s. But it was apparent that both sides were wary of surrendering three points to a potential play-off rival, consequently, neither side displayed ambition, tested each other or did enough to win the game.”
The former frontman continued: “Orient displayed a glaring lack of creativity across the midfield or from the flanks, highlighting how much they depend on and miss the service to Smith and Drinan from their wide men, Theo Archibald and Dan James. Their absence is the main reason why the goals have dried up in recent matches. Although we didn’t lose, it was another draw which unfortunately isn’t good enough when our promotion rivals are continuing to win and pull further away.
“Other results didn’t go our way, with Forest Green and Tranmere maintaining their amazing winning runs and starting to pull away from the rest. Meanwhile, Mansfield, who won their ninth game in ten outings, are still in seventh place but have increased the gap over us to nine points.
“Exeter, Newport and Harrogate all also won and are building confidence and momentum at a time when we are due to play many of these teams over the coming weeks.
Missing out on a victory over Port Vale has further ramped up the pressure on us to win the two games against Newport and Mansfield this week. We can ill-afford to slip up. Kenny Jacket knows the team needs to be at their very best if we are to come through this week with two wins, but that’s the size of the task facing us.”