Peter Kitchen: It’s an ‘as you were’ situation at Orient

Leyton Orient 2-2 Oldham Athletic – Reaction

Complacent, defensively frail, and lacking punch in attack – Peter Kitchen didn’t hold back with his criticism of Leyton Orient following their 2-2 Sky Bet League Two draw with out of sorts Oldham Athletic at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Ousseynou Cisse handed the O’s an early lead. However, a brace from Zak Dearnley turned the game on its head as the Latics seized control before the twenty-minute mark.

Orient salvaged a share of the spoils when Danny Johnson grabbed his first goal for the club shortly before the hour, but Kitchen insisted it was another water-treading display from the floundering east Londoners.

“It was an ‘as you were; performance from Orient,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.

“Oldham are a side we should be beating, but the performance simply provided more of the same frustrating traits, which for me is disappointing.

“Again, we’ve managed to allow a lead to evaporate in double-quick time. Admittedly, we are now six home games unbeaten at Brisbane Road. However, the team appear complacent, defensively frail and unable to turn possession into genuine chances.”

Kitchen continued: Ross Embleton will take the positives. He is in a unique position with Orient seemingly safe from relegation with a third of the season remaining. We are more or less in midtable, which is were we perhaps thought we would be.

“But although the team are playing for pride and maybe in some cases, their futures, it is vital that we see continued progress. Embleton must use this period wisely – not only to develop himself as a manager but learning how to get the best out of the squad by trialling different systems and formations, playing the players in their best positions and giving them more licence to go forward.

“It’s what the fans want to see. They will back Ross and the players wholeheartedly if they see them trying to do this.”

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Brian Jeeves

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