Colchester United 2-1 Leyton Orient – Reaction
PETER KITCHEN was as disappointed as any Leyton Orient supporter following the east Londoners 2-1 defeat at in-form Colchester United. However, the former O’s frontman once again called for patience from the clubs supporters as they continue to find their feet in Sky Bet League Two.
Goals from Colchester Kwame Poku and Ryan Jackson during the game’s infancy handed the north Essex side a two-goal advantage and although Connor Wilkinson reduced the arrears following an error from U’s goalkeeper, Dean Gerken, a full recovery never materialised for Ross Embleton and his men.
The result, Orient’s fifth defeat of the campaign, left them sitting 21st in the table, but Kitchen insisted the fans needed to get behind the interim boss and the players during this tricky stage of the season.
“We are all frustrated but we have to remember where we have come from,” KItchen told Yellow Sport.
“I know we can’t continue to use the past as an excuse, but the recovery of Leyton Orient Football Club has been little short of phenomenal. We were always going to hit the wall at some point. Like I said before the Colchester game, it’s fine margins – we are not going out getting hammered – it’s tweaking and adjusting at a higher level of football.”
Nevertheless, Kitchen recognised that Orient needed to recover swiftly: “It’s not an unrepairable situation. The players need to pull together, cut out the mistakes and dig a little bit deeper.
“Salford are only two points better off than Orient. They too haven’t found the going easy in League Two. It is a ruthless division. I’ve heard one or two calls for a change of manager, but whoever comes in will have the same group.
“Ross will be hurting as much as any of us because the results are not going the way we want them to.
“We have Port Vale coming on Saturday. A tough game but a winnable one. I urge the fans to turn up in big numbers, get behind the team and help us get through this tricky start. I know they will. They have guided and fought for Orient in far darker times than these. They are class and they will help get us through again.”