Peter Kitchen: It feels like a defeat

Leyton Orient 1-1 Macclesfield Town – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN was left frustrated after inconsistent Leyton Orient were pegged back in stoppage-time by struggling Macclesfield Town at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Despite their lowly Sky Bet League Two position, the Silkmen, gave as good as they got. However, Orient appeared to have grabbed all three points when James Brophy superbly fired the O’s ahead fifteen minutes from time.

But the O’s were unable to see the contest out, and in time added on, Macclesfield substitute, Jacob Blyth, snatched an equaliser to ease his sides sizable relegation fears.

“Macclesfield have given us a game and deserved to take something from it, but I’m frustrated that we have not been able to see the game out,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“We need to be winning our home games and this was a perfect opportunity to build on last week’s result at Stevenage as well as showing we have jettisoned the soft underbelly.

“But we have allowed Macclesfield back into the game at a time when it should have been sewn up.”

Kitchen added: “I mentioned ahead of the game that we now have plenty of attacking options. However, we seem to have misfired and have been wasteful, particularly in the first half.

“We now have another home game on Tuesday night, when Mansfield Town are the visitors – an opportunity to put that late disappointment behind us. We need to be more ruthless, we need to concentrate defensively – particularly in the latter part of the game when minds are tired.

“I know it’s easy to sit here saying that this is what Orient needs to do, but these are basic requirements for any team that harbours ambitions of being successful or at least working towards success.”

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