Toothless O’s leave Kitch in a spin

Stevenage v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – The Lamex Stadium – Reaction

Stevenage 0-0 Leyton Orient

Just a blip or something a little more concerning? Peter Kitchen’s concerns over shot-shy Leyton Orient continue to mount after they played out a goalless Sky Bet League Two draw with struggling Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium.

In a hard-fought encounter, the East Londoners were forced to settle for their fourth draw in five winless matches, leaving them in ninth place, three points outside the play-off places.

Darren Pratley, Ruel Sotiriou, Tom James, Theo Archibald and Harry Smith all went close for the O’s: “Ultimately, we are not clinical enough in front of goal,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“I know the supporters will say that it’s painfully obvious, but that is the fact of the matter. We should have won at Port Vale and the four draws are all missed opportunities to close the gap.

“I do not doubt that Kenny Jackett’s top target in January will be another goalscorer, but I’m just hoping that isn’t too late. At the moment, the league is still quite compact. A couple of wins and you are right back in contention.

“But as it stands, we are not firing on all cylinders and that will ultimately prove costly unless it is addressed.”

The former O’s striker continued: “We have now dropped points to three of the bottom five teams. Hugely frustrating and certainly not promotion form. 

“I’m not sure if it’s the pressure getting to some of the players, bad luck or poor form – Maybe a combination of the three? We’ve had more of the ball, sixteen shots, seven of which were on target, but have failed to find the net in a game we would expect to be winning. 

“The stats suggest we are creating. somebody needs to take responsibility and start scoring goals.

“We now face a tough game against Hartlepool United next Saturday. A team, like ourselves, believing that they can achieve the top seven or better. We have missed glaring opportunities to put away some of the weaker sides in the division and now need to find a way of clawing those points back against sides around us in the top half.

“On a positive, it’s another clean sheet. Jackett will argue, correctly, that a good team is built upon a sound defence. But at the moment, flair and ruthlessness have gone missing. Unless we can retrieve those commodities quickly, then thoughts of playing at a higher level will have to remain on ice for a little longer.”

Stevenage: Smith, James-Wildin, Coker, Reeves, Cuthbert, Prosser, List (Andrade 82’), Taylor, Norris (Reid 82’), Lines, Barry Subs not used: Anang, Osborne, Vancooten, Melbourne, Marshall

Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, James, Mitchell, Beckles, Ogie, Archibald (Drinan 55’), PKyprianouyrpianou (Clay 55’), Kemp, Sotiriou, Smith

Subs not used: Byrne, Wood, Happe, Omotoye, Papadopoulos

Referee: James Bell

Assistants: Ryan Whitaker and Matthew Lee

Fourth Official: Garry Maskell

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