Port Vale 1-0 Leyton Orient – Reaction
PETER KITCHEN believes Leyton Orient are walking blindfolded into a Sky Bet League Two relegation battle and is not sure if they have the quality or stomach to avoid a swift drop back into the fifth tier of the English game.
Speaking after the O’s frustrating single-goal defeat at Port Vale, Kitchen offered some harsh but ultimately honest views after David Amoo’s second-half strike pushed the east Londoners within five points of the bottom club, Morecambe.
“It wasn’t just the result that has left us all disappointed and disgruntled, it was the manner of the performance,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“The display highlighted a worrying lack of quality, creativity and fresh ideas. And with limited activity in the transfer market, frustration is growing amongst the supporters.
“I have supported the appointment of Ross Embleton and urged everyone to get behind him and the team. However, this was a case of ‘more of the same’ tactically, in terms of formations employed. Orient sat back, hoping to snatch something on the break as opposed to imposing themselves on Port Vale and trying to win the game.
“Playing so deep and with one striker will not help Orient turn the corner. We have won once in fifteen games – we are in trouble, make no mistake of that!”
Kitchen continued: “The cautious approach and fear of losing are self-evident. There is a notable lack of confidence in the team and now we face another difficult test when promotion-chasing Northampton Town visit E10 on Tuesday evening.
“Northampton won 4-1 on Saturday, they will be rubbing their hands facing a team that hasn’t won at home since mid-October. But for Orient, the pressure is firmly on – this is now a ‘must-win’ match which can only be achieved by committing men forward and forcing the opponents back.
“Orient fans are not stupid. They will always forgive the team for a defeat if there is evidence that they are going for it and simply came up against a better side. But anything less than this type of approach from the manager and players will be greeted with a dim view and seen as totally unacceptable.”