Peter Kitchen: O’s must put this season’s underachievements behind them

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Leyton Orient v Tranmere Rovers – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Reaction

Leyton Orient 0-1 Tranmere Rovers

A frustrating finish to a frustrating season. Sure, there’s plenty for Leyton Orient supporters to be positive about. But in the meantime, O’s boss, Richie Wellens will be looking to tinker and tweak a squad that underachieved during the last campaign.

Orient concluded their Sky Bet League Two season with a single-goal setback at the hands of Tranmere Rovers at the Breyer Group Stadium. Peter Kitchen focused on the positives.

“Wellens has taken us from third-bottom to thirteenth in six weeks. We need to recognise that,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.

“We were looking to finish a rollercoaster of a season on a positive and continue the momentum, but a close-range header from Kane Hemmings shortly before half-time handed the Birkenhead outfit all three points.

“A full house witnessed the game, full of expectance. However, it didn’t work out for either side. While Orient slipped to defeat, Tranmere’s victory was trumped elsewhere by Swindon Town and Sutton United. Their play-off hopes, up in smoke. The match, a damp squib.”

Kitchen continued: “The reality of it is that there is still work to do. We started the game brightly, taking the game to the visitors and hitting the post. But they defended well and we ran out of ideas.

“The expected onslaught after the break didn’t materialise. We lacked creativity and were unable to find a chink in Tranmere’s armour. The introduction of Smith and Sotiriou made little difference. We couldn’t find any penetration. The ball was too often played in front of the visitors’ back four and not in behind them or into the penalty area.

“Wellens will be very disappointed with both the performance of his team and the result. It’s not how he wanted the season to end. Nevertheless, this game will soon be forgotten. The manager will now be looking ahead to next season and already planning the process of overhauling his squad.”

Brian Jeeves