Peter Kitchen: O’s lack a cutting edge

Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Leyton Orient – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN was again left frustrated after Leyton Orient slipped to defeat at promotion-chasing Crewe Alexandra, despite dominating in several areas across the Gresty Road pitch.

Charlie Kirk took full advantage of a slip from Sam Sargeant to give Crewe a second-minute lead. However, in between that and Daniel Powell’s second for the hosts two minutes from time, Orient found themselves ahead on all of the match stats, except the important one.

“I’m not overly surprised that Orient have lost simply because Crewe are a good side,” Kitchen explained.

“However, we have had more possession, more shots, more shots on target and more corners, but haven’t managed to find the net. It’s frustrating, but hopefully, the signing of Danny Johnson will give us that extra impetus going forward.

“The fact Orient are creating chances is a big plus. But I said it before the Newport game – we have to be ruthless or else you end up getting picked off. That is what has happened at Gresty Road.”

Kitchen continued: “We now have a run of winnable matches. The shape of the team has improved, but we need to start making it count consistently. I don’t know if we’ll have another player in before Saturday, but largely, this is the group that will have the opportunity to put down a marker before the end of the season.

“The supporters can see that performances have improved. But fine margins can be costly. This has been the case at Crewe – a goalkeeping error and a lack of quality in front of goal have ensured that Orient travel home empty-handed.

“It’s not all doom and gloom, but you have to score goals to win football matches. Orient lack a consistent cutting edge – we need to find that killer instinct – it really is that simple.”


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