Cambridge United 3-0 Leyton Orient - Reaction
By Brian Jeeves
LEGENDARY Leyton Orient striker, Peter Kitchen, once again found it very difficult to pick any positives out of the clubs current situation as the east Londoners slipped closer to dropping out of the Football League for the first time in 112-years.
Speaking to Yellow Sport after the O’s 3-0 Sky Bet League Two defeat at Cambridge United, Kitchen said: “With rumours rife that the players and staff have not been paid and are threatening to take strike action, coupled with the medical and ground staff leaving during the week, it seems to me that the situation is deteriorating ever more swiftly.
“Manager, Omer Riza, has very little in the way of experience in his squad. Only three of his starting line-up at the Abbey Stadium were over the age of twenty. It was inevitable that the O’s would crash to their seventh successive defeat, and so it proved as Cambridge United eased to a 3-0 success.
Kitchen accepted that Orient are unlikely to remain in the Football League, but once again pointed an accusing finger at the club’s owner, Francesco Becchetti, who continues to keep the supporters in the dark:
“Orient are now ten points adrift with just five matches remaining. Reports suggest that the owner has received offers from interested parties to buy the club, but he remains painfully silent about his future intentions.
“This only confounds and angers the fans, who are asking why he bought the club in the first place? However, It is certain that whilst he remains in control the situation will not improve and the future of the O’s will remain uncertain and in a state of limbo.”