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Exeter City 4-0 Leyton Orient – Reaction
Hardly a honeymoon period, but undoubtedly Jobi McAnuff will have learned more about the capabilities of Leyton Orient charges following this four-goal mauling at St James Park.
The contest was over inside the opening period as hosts, Exeter City raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to Joel Randall’s opener and a Matt Jay brace.
Jay completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after the restart to compound a miserable afternoon in the West Country for the East Londoners and leaving supporters, former frontman, Peter Kitchen amongst them, to mull over the damage and inquisitively ask ‘what’s next?’
“Kitchen remained philosophical over his assessment: “ It’s a disappointing result and highlighted the difference between the two teams,” he told Yellow Sport.
“We were second best all over the pitch. It has certainly given Jobi food for thought, particularly as we had only made one change from the side which won at Grimsby during the week.
“I think a result like this was coming before Jobi was appointed and will give him an idea of the task ahead of him. It will be a test of his character, dealing with issues within the squad and distancing himself, in a professional sense, now that he is a manger as opposed to one of the lads’ in the dressing room.
“I think one of the biggest issues amongst the group is complacency. It is a group that has appeared too comfortable for too long. That has to change, either through the player’s mentality or simply by changing the personnel because some of them seem to be going through the motions.
Kitchen continued: “I don’t for one minute think this is about ability. It’s about dirty jobs – we need to compete, show desire and win personal battles on the pitch.
“It’s not a time to panic. I said before, the play-offs have long gone. This is now all about planning for next season, changing the mindset and moving on those players unable to offer the professionalism and integrity required to mount a promotion challenge.
“As I said, the top-seven went several weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean the season is of no use. We have two games this week – Stevenage and Scunthorpe – Usually, I’d expect us to win them both, but this is an opportunity for Jobi to experiment, be bold and look to see who responds and who doesn’t.
“A defeat hurts as much now as it did last week, last month, last year and we know it won’t be the last. But with a new man at the helm, fresh ideas, and a clean slate, it is in the hands of individuals to shape up or prepare to be shipped out.”