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Leyton Orient legend, Peter Kitchen, handed out an honest assessment of the O’s after the east Londoners slipped to defeat against Crawley Town at the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday.
The O’s faithful arrived in good spirits after their side had recovered a two-goal deficit to win at Mansfield Town during the week. However, the boot was very much on the other foot on this occasion as a dogged Crawley side twice fought back to plunder three Sky Bet League Two points.
“The O’s came crashing back to earth, it was a huge anticlimax for the fans after the euphoria of Mansfield,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
Josh Wright and Lee Angol twice handed Orient the lead, only for Nathan Ferguson and a brace from former O’s man, Ollie Palmer, sealing the deal for the Sussex side. And Kitchen believed everyone at the club will now realise how ruthless League Two can be if you are off the pace.
“Orient’s defending was naive. We still have a lot of work to do simply to establish ourselves in the division. It is once again a ‘work in progress’ for the management and players. This result is an indication of a step up in quality – something the O’s will be keen to match and eventually surpass.”
But the former frontman insisted it is far too early to hit the panic button: “We’ve only played five league matches. It will be another 8-10 before we have a true reflection of where we are and where the team needs strengthening.
“Orient have shown lots of promise in their opening matches back in the Football League, enjoying possession and creating chances. But the team miss Jobi McAnuff’s leadership qualities as well as filling the roles vacated by the likes of Macauley Bonne and Josh Koroma at the moment.
“I think there is a need for the fans to be patient as we adjust to life at a higher level.”