Leyton Orient 1-3 Swindon Town
PETER KITCHEN confessed that Leyton Orient had been handed a harsh footballing masterclass as in-form Swindon Town eased to a 3-1 Sky Bet League Two victory at the Breyer Group Stadium.
Goals from Keshi Anderson, Rob Hunt and Jerry Yates handed the Robins an unassailable three-goal advantage at the break and despite a spirited second-half showing, capped with a consolation from Jordan Maguire-Drew, there was little doubt that Orient had been beaten by the better side.
“We were given a footballing lesson by a slick Swindon side who came with an attacking philosophy which was to win the game right from the start,” KItchen told Yellow Sport.
“It was a ruthless first-half showing from Swindon. Make no mistake, this isn’t a poor Orient side. They just have a fair bit to learn to get amongst the challengers.
The second-half was spirited but it was far too late. The O’s supporters were frustrated and disappointed, but I’d expect Swindon to be amongst the promotion challengers come the end of the season.”
Kitchen continued: “I think the tactic was perhaps a little over-cautious and the team selection wrong – especially for a home game. We need to be braver.
“Ross Embleton reverted to the three central defenders – a system which didn’t work. Orient was ripped apart defensively, while didn’t get enough players into advanced positions in the attacking third.
“We needed to get behind Swindon in greater numbers to cause them more problems – that simply didn’t happen. Nevertheless, this will have served as a learning curve for the manager and his players.
“The O’s faithful will be patient because it is still early in the season – everyone is still finding their feet. But with a trip to league leaders Exeter next Saturday, they will need to be very well prepared for what will be a difficult and challenging game.”