Peter Kitchen: There appears to be a lack of confidence and belief at O’s

Leyton Orient v Salford City – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Reaction

Leyton Orient 0-2 Salford City

It doesn’t just rain, it pours on poor old Leyton Orient just now. Another Sky Bet League Two defeat – Just seven points separating the East Londoners from the dropzone.

Former frontman, Peter Kitchen, remains a concerned fan: “Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse or that we might have turned the corner, the unthinkable happens and we find ourselves soundly beaten, this time by arch-rivals from our National League days, Salford City,” he told Yellow Sport.

“It’s now nine games without a win and only one goal scored during that run. It is, without doubt, a disastrous sequence of results and performances. 

“During an unprecedented eight weeks, we have slipped from serious promotion challengers to possible relegation contenders. We now find ourselves looking over our shoulders at how Oldham, Scunthorpe, Colchester and Carlisle are faring, instead of the results affecting Forest Green, Tranmere, Northampton and a host of other teams, who have all now moved well clear of us at the top end of the League Two table. 

“Kenny Jackett had to try something different yesterday in an attempt to turn the tide and try to stop our descent down the league table, whilst bringing some cohesion, creativity and confidence into his ailing side. 

“He made several changes to the lineup which unluckily lost to Exeter in midweek, looking to find some balance, synergy and hopefully a winning formula. 

“There was a first start for loanee George Ray, the return of Ethan Coleman and wide man Theo Archibald, who along with Otis Khan would be expected to provide the service and crosses for Drinan and Nouble in a 4-4-2 system. Harry Smith and Connor Wood had to make do with a place on the bench.”

Kitchen continued: “However, the game followed a familiar pattern of recent performances. The O’s worked hard to match their opponents. Aaron Drinan spurning good chances for that elusive goal and the lift and lead we needed. Meanwhile, O’s keeper, Lawrence Vigeroux kept us in it was a couple of excellent saves

“Unfortunately, second-half goals from Liam Shephard and Theo Vassal killed the contest. It was all over. We never had the spirit, craft and guile to get us back into the game.” 

A fans favourite during his time as a player at Brisbane Road, Kitch concluded: “It’s a very concerning time for Kenny and the players who appear to lack the confidence and belief to put us in to reverse. However, it’s a time for cool heads and reflection and with no midweek game, Kenny now has some respite from the pressure brought on by the postponements and quality time to work with the players. 

“He desperately needs to find the right combination ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Harrogate Town. It has become a ‘must-win’ for Orient, against a side that has fallen away in recent weeks. Indeed, the days ahead will be a crucial and momentous period in our season.”

Brian Jeeves

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