Colchester United 2-1 Leyton Orient – Reaction
Peter Kitchen was baffled by Leyton Orient’s lack of intent at Colchester United.
The former frontman expressed his frustration after the east Londoners slipped to their fourth successive defeat in all competitions following a hard-working, but ultimately, toothless performance at the JobServe Community Stadium.
“I think quite a few eyebrows were raised when the team was announced,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“It left an awful lot of O’s fans bemused, bewildered and somewhat disappointed – and I was one of them!
“It seemed to me that we weren’t trying to win the game, rather intending to mount a rearguard action and just hoping to avoid defeat.
“I was surprised to see another round of changes, both to the starting eleven and the system. I think the manager thought this would allow the team to be solid, expansive and aggressive, but the omission of top scorer Danny Johnson and with no recognised striker upfront, that it didn’t look the case at all.
“Deploying unenforced rotation to the starting eleven causing a lack of cohesion during the last three games, I can’t help thinking that Ross is causing his own problems and these are the main attributable factors.”
Kitchen thought the outcome was largely predictable, adding: “Unfortunately, the lack of attacking purpose and intent from the O’s, allowed the home team to take advantage and they looked the most likely to score and within ten minutes they were ahead through their leading scorer Jevani Brown
“The O’s dominated possession throughout the game, but without a focal point up the top, we were limited. Possession won’t solely win games. Colchester always looked dangerous, and indeed, when Brown swept home his second that was largely that.
“Sam Ling’s goal gave the scoreline a bit of respectability from an Orient perspective, but ultimately, we were well beaten by a side looking far more adventurous and ambitious.
“Further momentum has been lost and we now find ourselves in the lower half of the table, trying to rekindle the season.”
The Former O’s frontman did offer a crumb of comfort: “It was encouraging to see young Hector Kyprianou making his third start But he was always likely to find it difficult in a side already struggling to find some consistency and with players around him not completely comfortable with their own jobs and concerned with their own performances.”