Peter Kitchen: Quality is clearly an issue and needs addressing

Leyton Orient 0-2 Scunthorpe United – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN glanced back over another eventful week in E10, culminating in another Sky Bet League Two defeat for out of sorts Leyton Orient.

The O’s dismissed Carl Fletcher after just 29 days in the managerial hot seat – Ross Embleton returning in an interim role. However, the ease in which struggling Scunthorpe United gleened the points at the Breyer Group Stadium highlighted to Kitchen further issues surrounding the quality of the squad which urgently need addressing.

“Firstly, I think the owners should be applauded for their honesty and swift reaction after deciding the appointment of Carl Fletcher was a mistake,” the former O’s frontman told Yellow Sport.

“Indeed, we have a lot to be grateful for because, despite our recent struggles on the pitch, we have a healthy Leyton Orient that is at the hub of the community.

“But the feelgood factor highlighted by a crowd of more than 6,000 on Saturday, was quickly extinguished by another below-par performance which must highlight to the hierarchy that the squad needs an overhaul which might mean speculating to accumulate in terms of transfer funds.”

Scunthorpe United arrived at Brisbane Road sitting second from bottom in the table. However, goals from Alex Gilliead and Lee Novak condemned Orient to their eighth defeat of the season, leaving them floundering in seventeenth place and without a win in four outings.

“It seemed the stage was all set for a return to winning ways. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as expected,” Kitchen added.

“Orient provided plenty of endeavours, but there is a lack of quality. The O’s huffed and puffed – an equaliser wasn’t forthcoming and Scunthorpe ruthlessly killed them off with a second goal.

“There is a lack of creativity in midfield as well as precious few attacking ideas in the final third. We are currently lacking leadership on the pitch – it is a team collectively out of sorts – there is a lot of work to be done in the January transfer window, that’s for sure.”

Kitchen was also concerned over the appointment of a new manager, explaining: “The Fletcher episode has left the club in a conundrum and with a very difficult period to navigate.

“We now have to decide whether to make another appointment – which will not be easy and will take time – or stick with Ross and his coaching staff to see if they can bring some consistency and stability back.

“It’s a difficult decision. The next six weeks, including the Christmas and New year fixtures, will be a defining period. The games will not get any easier with promotion-chasing Forest Green Rovers next up at Brisbane Road.”

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