Salford City 3-0 Leyton Orient – Reaction
Peter Kitchen reflected upon an eventful final day of the Sky Bet League Two season which saw Leyton Orient comfortably beaten at Salford City and ultimately left with a big decision to make following the announcement that Jobi McAnuff will not be considered in the managers’ role permanently.
Several other key issues were yet to be decided when Orient arrived in the North-West. The home side needed three points to stand any chance of making the play-offs, also reliant on results elsewhere going their way.
Heavy rain forced the kick-off back by an hour, adding further to the drama. However, despite goals from Robbie Gotts and a Brandon Thomas-Asante brace, the Ammies missed out thanks to Forest Green and Newport doing enough at Oldham and Southend.
“I thought we looked disinterested and were never at the races,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“It was a low key performance, our fourth consecutive defeat and rounded off what has been a pretty dismal season. Orient finished eleventh – probably where they deserved to be!
“Ahead of the game, rumours were circulating on social media that Jobi was no longer being considered for the manager’s position. I thought this was in poor taste – the timing inconsiderate. Nevertheless, what’s done is done, we now have a huge task in finding the right man and moving forward positively.”
Kitchen continued: “At times, we have promised so much more but ultimately failed to push on at key moments because of a lack of leadership, bravery and ambition on the field and persisting with a style of football which can only be described as pedantic and predictable, with lots of possession played between boxes rather than in them and with little creativity and enough strike power in the areas where it matters.
I also believe that a failure to be flexible and persisting with playing players out of position to fit into a system that proved to be consistently ineffective at this level was also a contributing factor.
However, as one season ends, O’s fans will immediately start to look forward positively to the next one and with the club in very good hands, there are a lot of positive things happening in E10.
“The next few weeks will be key as the retained and released lists of players will be announced, new contracts negotiated and hopefully some new players with the right attributes brought in.
Nevertheless, the right managerial appointment needs to be made quite quickly and will be crucial as we have a huge challenge and rebuilding job to do.”