Leyton Orient 0-1 Forest Green Rovers – Reaction
Peter Kitchen was disappointed to see Leyton Orient’s Sky Bet League Two recent winning run concluded, but perhaps not overly surprised.
Promotion-chasing Forest Green Rovers ended their own five-match winless sequence thanks to Nicky Cadden’s first-half strike, while Dan Happe’s dismissal compounded a frustrating afternoon for the East Londoners.
“I’ve been happy to win ugly of late, but I think we got found out a bit today,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“The way a team plays generally reflects the personality of the manager. And for me, this game went very much that way with Forest Green, under Mark Cooper, showing the cynical and dogged application required to sustain a promotion push.
“Ross Embleton kept virtually the same team that has seen them do so well at home in recent weeks, continuing with the 4-3-3 system with James Brophy at left-back, and with the recent additions of Dan Kemp and Nick freeman on the bench. But with leading scorer Danny Johnson, still out injured, this was always going to be tough.
“From the start, the Forest Green looked the more lively and most likely. After the goal and subsequently the sending off, Orient never really looked like turning it around.”
Kitchen continued: “Again, the performance was ponderous, lacked creativity and penetration. Without the predatory instincts of our leading scorer, we were looking for someone to stand up and be counted. However, I think Ruel Sotiriou is too inexperienced and doesn’t possess the physical presence to play as a lone central striker.
“Tactically, we didn’t do enough in the final third, get enough men forward or balls into the danger areas to cause them problems. Subsequently, we were too predictable and were not aggressive or combative enough against a team who knew exactly what to expect.
“Orient tries to play neat, cultured football which is admirable. But in this league, without the additional commodities, we will be bullied and intimidated. The inconsistency which has defined our season so far will continue.
“The defeat certainly isn’t a major setback and we are still only one point outside the play-off places with games coming up against several of our nearest rivals. There’s still lots to play for.
“Ross now has a week to dissect the game, take what he can from it and work with the squad, integrating the new additions into the team ahead of a trip next Saturday to Bolton Wanderers.”