Kitch unclear on where O’s go from here?

Leyton Orient v Tranmere Rovers – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview

Peter Kitchen’s disappointment and frustration was abundantly clear after Leyton Orient slipped to defeat at Bradford City – a result which saw their winless Sky Bet League Two sequence extended to six matches.

In truth, the O’s provided very little threat before they were undone by Callum Cooke’s late spot-kick: “The game epitomised what’s wrong with our current level of performances,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“It’s difficult to suggest we deserved any more because we lacked ambition, desire and attacking intent, producing only one shot on target.

“I believe the reason we play a deliberate square passing game is because we have no targets to hit and no one making forward runs in behind defenders.

“We could be playing with two central strikers – occupying and trouble defenders with movement. With more targets to hit in the final third, we can hold the ball, link the play up and allow the team to squeeze up.

“And at the risk of repeating myself, we need our most dangerous and creative player running at defenders in the final third, not on the halfway line and back towards our own goal.”

Kitch wasn’t confident of Orient ending their wretched run when promotion hopefuls, Tranmere Rovers head to E10 on Saturday.

“Tranmer come here off the back of a fabulous battling win at Carlisle United. Boss, Keith Hill, is an experienced campaigner who twice won promotion with Rochdale, playing attacking, attractive football. Undoubtedly, he will have done his homework.

“On our current form, he will relish playing an out of sorts O’s team who offer little attacking threat, are predictable and play with a lone striker and with no cutting edge.

“I’m afraid it’s hard to sympathise with Ross when he stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that the way he sets the team up just isn’t working. Consequently, we are underperforming in so many areas because of a fixation with playing a system, which even the players don’t look convinced with.

“We need to turn things around and badly need a win or we are in danger of going backwards. Ross has to learn that he can’t control games for ninety minutes. We have to earn the right to do that by winning the battles first. If we carry on in the current mindset and don’t show more attacking intent, I cant see where the next win will come from?”

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 0-2 Tranmere Rovers
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 0-1 Tranmere Rovers


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