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Leyton Orient 1-1 Carlisle United – Reaction
PETER KITCHEN has urged Leyton Orient supporters not to pre-judge new boss, Carl Fletcher, following a frustrating start to his tenure in the Brisbane Road hot seat.
The O’s were beaten 4-0 at Plymouth Argyle in Fletcher’s first game in charge during the week. However, the O’s appeared to be on the way to three Sky Bet League Two points after Josh Wright’s early penalty handed them the advantage against struggling Carlisle United in E10.
But Orient failed to put the game to bed and had to be content with a share of the spoils. Jack Iredale restored parity and the Cumbrians produced a lively second-half performance, more than meriting a valuable point.
“Carl will need time to get to know his players, their individual strengths and weaknesses and ultimately his best team,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“The fans need to be patient as they were with Ross Embleton at the start of the season while everyone adapts to the changes.
“It was a game of two halves. Orient was initially good but couldn’t find their rhythm after half time. It was a disappointing result, particularly as Carlisle had lost each of their last four league outings. Nevertheless, it should be remembered that Orient has been underperforming at home in most games this season. Now we must be patient while everyone adapts to the changes.”
Kitchen continued: “Before a ball was kicked most fans believed, that this season was one of consolidation after stepping back into the Football League. The standard is better and there has been a lot to deal with. The last thing we need now is frustration being directed at Carl.
“We have a game at bottom of the table Morecambe next week. The fans must continue to get behind the manager, the players. This match is more likely to be a key indicator of any progress.”