Peter Kitchen: They’ll always be our heroes but O’s have to be ruthless

Walsall 1-0 Leyton Orient – Reaction

PETER KITCHEN thinks the January transfer window has opened at exactly the right time for inconsistent Leyton Orient.

Josh Gordon’s goal on the stroke of half-time proved decisive as Walsall overturned the east Londoners at the Bescot Stadium. However, the O’s failed to capitalise on a numerical advantage which saw them play almost half an hour against ten men after the Saddlers lost Cameron Pring to a second booking.

The result left the O’s in nineteenth place – nine points above the dropzone and Kitchen believed it was time to freshen, and perhaps to an extent move on, some of the promotion squad from the last campaign.

“The promotion team will always be heroes to us, but clearly, some of them are struggling to adapt in League Two.

“I know that sounds harsh – these boys got us back in the league – but football is ruthless, Orient have to be ruthless. The bottom line is that we need to strengthen in most areas.”

Kitchen continued: “I know we don’t have a bottomless money pit. Ross Embleton – or whoever is in charge – will have to be clever in the transfer market. But we might in one or two cases have to speculate to accumulate.

“I don’t think we will be pulled into a relegation battle, but similarly to when Justin initially took charge, we have to start building for next season and aiming towards the top seven.

“I think the owners know this as do the supporters. Of course, we must do things sensibly and professionally. But this is a tight division – two or three decent signings can be the difference between the bottom half or being play-off contenders.

“One thing is for certain, it’s going to be an interesting January now the transfer window has opened.”

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Brian Jeeves

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