Kitch left frustrated by lacklustre O’s

Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Leyton Orient – Reaction

Peter Kitchen was left perplexed by Leyton Orient after the East Londoners slipped to a damaging Sky Bet League Two defeat at Bolton Wanderers.

Following a goalless opening period, the home side took charge when James Brophy turned into his own-goal, then Eoin Doyle doubled the Trotter advantage two minutes later.

“It was a largely forgettable performance,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“Bolton hadn’t won in seven games and were thrashed at Brisbane Road earlier in the season.

“Ross Embleton made a couple of changes from Forest Green, with recent signing Dan Kemp starting in place of the injured Lee Angol and Hector Kyprianou replacing the out of form Ousse Cisse in midfield for a preferred 4-3-3 system. However, it was an ‘as you were’ performance which I thought was quite inept.

“Admittedly, O’s are missing Danny Johnson but I feel they could offset his absence by providing their forwards – Sotiriou and Wilkinson – with better service, giving them something to chase down, and positioning them more central as a pair, then putting the ball into the danger areas more often. We were largely in the game for so long due to Bolton’s poor finishing. But they were quite comfortable in the end.

Kitchen continued: “It was obvious that we needed to get more men into the final third and the ball into the box more often. Bolton has conceded quite a few goals this season, but we haven’t asked any questions. We’ve given their backline a day off.

“Orient are firm believers in statistics and as the away team dominated play with 58% of the possession. But it’s what we do with it that really counts. Bolton had eighteen shots to our ten, one on target – nine corners to our three. To me, this highlights that we are working hard in the wrong areas and not hard enough to create situations where it matters.

“These are fundamentals in football and we have to learn how to do this and consistently. We now have two games next week, away at Crawley on Tuesday and then at home to local rivals Colchester. We need some points from these games if we are to be taken seriously as promotion contenders.”

Brian Jeeves

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