Peter Kitchen: The same old issues are hindering O’s

Cheltenham Town 2-1 Leyton Orient – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN was left with a familiar deflated feeling after Leyton Orient swiftly surrendered a lead, then lost late in the contest as play-off hopefuls, Cheltenham Town, plundered the Sky Bet League Two points at Whaddon Road.

The O’s – defending a three-match unbeaten sequence – snatched an early lead when Conor Wilkinson profited following an indecisive moment from Robins stopper, Owen Evans.

However, Cheltenham were level within a minute through Alfie May, then won it with a Ruben Reid header two minutes from time.

“I know this was always going to be tough, but to switch off immediately after taking the lead, and then again in the closing stages suggests a lack of concentration,” Kitchen bemoaned.

“Once again, it is the basics which have let us down. A point at Cheltenham would have been a reasonable reward, but we seem to be taking one step forward and two back.

“The players need to switch on and prove they are capable of competing at this level. At the moment, I think in several cases, that is questionable.

“I know the weather conditions were difficult – Cheltenham had the elements in their favour in the second half. But to be so close is frustrating.”

Kitchen continued: “I do not doubt that Ross knows who and where he changes need to be made. It is important the club continues to progress and doesn’t simply tread water.

“We now require a bit more quality, both in terms of footballing ability and mentality. As ever, I’m happy for this group to prove me wrong. But I think that time is running out for some of them if Leyton Orient wants to be challenging for promotion next season.”

Brian Jeeves

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