Scunthorpe United 2-0 Leyton Orient – Reaction
Peter Kitchen felt frustrated that wasteful Leyton Orient had relinquished their recent impressive Sky Bet League Two unbeaten sequence at rapidly improving Scunthorpe United.
The O’s enjoyed plenty of the ball and created a few chances but were undone by goals in each half from Ryan Loft and Alfie Beestin as the Iron recorded a victory by two unanswered goals.
Orient even passed up an early opportunity from the spot. Danny Johnson – usually so reliable in these situations – saw his effort rebuffed by Scunthorpe stopper, Mark Howard.
“The O’s were unable to maintain their winning run and crashed 2-0 to Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, a defeat which sees them drop out of the league 2 play off places.
“A disappointing day and a result we only have ourselves to blame for,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“The balance of play and chances was stacked in our favour. We should have won comfortably but have ended up empty-handed and slipping out of the play-off places.
Ross Embleton started with virtually the same team and as a result, I thought Orient looked very lively. But the penalty miss, followed by Scunthorpe taking the lead against the run of play left us with work to do. Although we continued to dominate, the Iron defended stoutly and delivered the killer blow twelve minutes from time having drawn the O’s sting.”
Kitchen continued: “It was a frustrating result, particularly as we needed something to keep up with the pack involved in the play-off places.
“Our football was reasonably good, neat and tidy. But we lacked a cutting edge and need to be far more ruthless in both boxes.
“I was surprised by the omission of Jordan Maguire-Drew. I think his flair might have offered a different attacking option when we were chasing the game had we been able to use him as an impact substitute.
“Ross and the team will have to put it down to a bad day at the office and look to bounce back very quickly. We face Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy during the week, with a small contingent of supporters allowed back inside Brisbane Road for the first time in nine months. Then we have another big challenge against high-flying Newport County in League Two. Opportunities to get back on track and show the fans we are moving in the right direction.”