Peter Kitchen: Embleton has to address Orient’s issues quickly

Leyton Orient 1-1 Grimsby Town – Reaction

THERE’S NEVER A DULL MOMENT at Leyton Orient these days what with supporters concerns over the managerial appointment coupled with erratic Sky Bet League Two form.

Nevertheless, #YellowSport columnist and former O’s frontman, Peter Kitchen, offered an honest assessment after Ross Embleton’s first game in permanent charge ended in a 1-1 draw with in-form Grimsby Town.

The visitor’s recently appointed Ian Holloway in the Blundell Park hot seat – a move which has seen the Cleethorpes side win back-to-back league matches under the former Queen’s Park Rangers midfielders guidance. And they looked set to extend that sequence when Billy Clarke handed them the lead sixteen minutes from time.

However, the O’s gave their manager and supporter something to enthuse over. Craig Clay was felled, handing Lee Angol the opportunity to earn the east Londoners a share of the spoils with a stoppage-time spot-kick.

But despite the late merriment, Kitchen was quick to point out that the performance has highlighted similar issues for Embleton’s men.

“I think Orient showed plenty of endeavour and honesty, but there was a lack of creativity with very few clearcut opportunities,” he explained.

“The few decent chances we had were squandered, while I thought we were set up far too cautiously. Of course, that could be because of the players Ross currently has available. He has stated there will be changes to the squad over the next few weeks – interesting times ahead as he tries to shape a successful group.

Kitchen continued: “I thought Orient started the game well, but Grimsby weathered the opening salvo and gradually played themselves into the game. Holloway has organised them, ensuring they are difficult to break down. This is where a lack of flare from an Orient perspective was highlighted further.

“Orient deserved their point but the performance confirmed that this team needs strengthening in key positions.

“It’s ok playing the game at a high tempo, but it is impossible to keep that up for ninety minutes. You have to be ruthless when you are on top. Ross will be fully aware of this – We know Orient have been linked with one or two strikers. A penetrating midfielder could be on the horizon as well.

“With the transfer window open, the fans will expect to see plenty of transfer activity over the next few weeks. The team has to learn how to win again as they look to finish the season with a flourish and build for next term.”

Brian Jeeves

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