Kitch frustrated with O’s slow progress

Leyton Orient 1-1 Scunthorpe United

Peter Kitchen was left frustrated with Leyton Orient after they produced another lacklustre performance allowing Scunthorpe United a share of the Sky Bet League Two spoils at the Breyer Group Stadium.

This was Jobi McAnuff’s fourth game as interim boss of the E10 outfit and he looked on as his side fell behind as Ryan Loft stabbed the visitors into an early lead. However, Ousse Cisse – often the target for criticism from O’s fans – headed home an equaliser just after the half-hour mark.

Scunthorpe looked the more likely after the restart, despite the O’s enjoying the greater percentage of possession: “We didn’t create too much and only had one shot on target, which isn’t good enough for the team playing at home,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“The fans were justifiably frustrated and disappointed to see fit-again top scorer, Danny Johnson on the subs bench, especially with the team crying out for goals. What followed was more of the same unproductive football, following on from the drab midweek draw with Stevenage.”

Kitchen continued: “With the club still harbouring faint play-off hopes and the manager acknowledging the need to find goals, it was a little baffling that he selected the same starting eleven.

“For me, the team have shown nothing during their three previous performances to justify the same selection and system which doesn’t give the team enough of a cutting edge. This has been highlighted with drab draws against sides in the bottom half of the table.

“To be fair to Jobi, he’s had little time since taking the role to work with the players on any new system or tactical changes.

“But with no game until next Saturday, he will have a full week to work with the team before they head to South Wales for a tricky clash with Newport County, a side that has won three on the bounce and is looking at a top-three finish.”

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Brian Jeeves

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