Whatever the reason, the answers on the pitch has to be better for Kitch

Leyton Orient 0-2 Cheltenham Town

Peter Kitchen conceded that Leyton Orient was second best but questioned whether the effects of the recent positive COVID tests have taken their toll more than we might appreciate.

A Sam Ling own goal followed by a Finn Azaz header was sufficient to send visitors’ Cheltenham Town away with the points.

“With little or no information coming out of the club, it’s impossible to say whether some players were affected more than others or simply because of a change of system?” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“Whatever the reasons, it was a lacklustre performance from the O’s who looked off the pace for most of the game.

“In fairness, the Orient lads haven’t trained together for nearly two weeks. That’s always going to make things tough, particularly against a side I’d expect to see towards the top end of the table.”

Kitchen was concerned about a regular occurrence creeping into the team of late: “We found ourselves behind for a third consecutive game, but this time they couldn’t find the energy or creativity to break down a well-drilled Cheltenham team,” the former frontman added.

“We were punished for a slow start and lethargic performance. The team now need to regroup quickly and try to find some energy, as they have a midweek EFL trophy game against AFC Wimbledon, then back-to-back tricky away fixtures at Barrow and Walsall.

“The O’s don’t lack character, but they can’t keep having to chase games if they are to be serious promotion contenders. For me, we need to show more attacking intent from the start, try to get ahead and dictate the pace of games. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long and challenging season ahead.”

Brian Jeeves

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