Toothless O’s continue to frustrate Kitch

Leyton Orient 0-0 Colchester United – Reaction

Peter Kitchen reflected upon similar failings as Leyton Orient huffed and puffed but ultimately were unable to breach struggling Colchester United on a frustrating afternoon at The Breyer Group Stadium.

The goalless encounter saw the O’s lose further ground on the play-off places as they flounder in midtable following a four-match winless sequence.

“We’ve had a lot of the ball but again failed to score following a predictable performance lacking creativity and attacking ideas,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“Ross Embleton started with all four of the players signed ahead of the transfer window closing and I was confident following the battling performance at Crawley Town during the week.

“But hopes and expectations that we could push on for a top-seven finish have again taken a hit as we failed to deliver in a game which highlighted the O’s lack of endeavour in the final third.

“It was frustrating and disappointing and for me, suggested something is not quite right with the system or perhaps the way the players are being deployed?

Kitchen continued: “There is a fixation with a 4-3-3 system, which is fine if it is working and suits the players we have. If we are going to continue with this, then we must play a high line, at a high tempo and with plenty of energy to put teams under pressure.

“But we seem to favour a slow, deliberate and methodical approach which is far easier for opponents to sit deep and defend against.

“This gives the impression that the team lacks commitment and passion which simply isn’t the case with this group.

“If it beats the weather, Tuesday game away at high flying Carlisle United, offers another opportunity for us to get back into contention. But realistically, they won’t get many more chances this season, especially as those at the top continue to pull away .”

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