Kitchen’s concern growing as O’s slip at Morecambe

Morecambe 1-0 Leyton Orient – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN was left concerned by Leyton Orient’s Sky Bet League Two defeat at rock-bottom Morecambe. However, the former O’s frontman again called for calm as supporters questioned the recent appointment of Carl Fletcher as the clubs manager.

Fletcher inherited a side which had picked up ten points from a possible twelve. But since taking the reins, Orient has failed to register a victory in three matches, conceding six goals in the process.

“As expected, there is already some disquiet from O’s fans as to whether we have made the right managerial choice,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“This was always going to be the case after Orient had hit a bit of form during the final weeks of Ross Embleton’s spell in charge. I still think it is far too early to adopt that line of thought although I agree that we desperately need a positive result to get the ball rolling under the new boss.

A-Jay Leitch-Smith settled the match with a superb goal midway through the second half. In truth, Morecambe deserved their victory – only their third of the season: “Orient didn’t play well and confidence must have taken a hit after this particular setback,” Kitchen continued.

“It looked as if we might get away with a point. But this was a toothless performance without much of a notable goal threat. It was toothless stuff from Orient.”

Kitchen continued: “It seems to me that there is a communication problem between the manager and the players. The team appears to be in limbo and are playing without any real conviction. This is usually a sign that they are not yet in tune with what the new man wants. 

“I was concerned with the selection of a single striker – particularly against a side at the bottom of the table. We didn’t appear to be going all out to win this game – we ‘parked the bus’ – which is very worrying considering the oppositions own position.

“I’m backing the manager because he deserves a bit of time. However, these tactics and the subsequent result is hardly likely to endear him to the O’s faithful who made the fruitless trip to the North West.” 

Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Old, Lavelle, Conlan, Brewitt, Tutte (Cranston 64′), Wildig (Kenyon 83′), O’Sullivan, Stockton (Leitch-Smith 72′), Alessandra Subs not used: Roche, Brownsword, Buxton, Miller

Leyton Orient: Brill, Ekpiteta (Gorman 59′), Coulson, Happe, Widdowson, Clay, Marsh, Wright, Dayton (Wilkinson 59′) (Maguire-Drew 75′), Brophy, Harrold Subs not used: Sargeant, Dennis, Turley, Alabi

Referee: Paul Marsden

Assistants: Anthony Moore and Richard Bartlett

Fourth Official: Simon Clayton

Attendance: 2,691

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Brian Jeeves

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