After dominating the National League for most of the season, it’s all starting to slowly fall apart for Leyton Orient.
A last-gasp equaliser on the weekend against FC Halifax Town kept the O’s in with a chance of taking back top spot if they win their game in hand over Eastleigh this week, but the last result in a bad string of performances has led many to think what has gone wrong with Justin Edinburgh’s side.
Winter signing and returning hero Jay Simpson has failed to live up to the reputation a player of his quality has, and fellow striker Macauley Bonne has been lacklustre since the turn of the year, scoring just four times.
But what sticks out the most in the past few weeks is how poor the defence has been for Orient, and if the back line doesn’t sort out their act soon in the upcoming must-win games, the east London side might find themselves missing out on promotion to the Football League.
This is a team who has one of the best defences in the National League, conceding the least amount of goals all season in the division with 32 and the third best out of any team in the professional leagues in England only behind Manchester City and Liverpool, and for Orient to start showing cracks now heading into the final games of the season is playing with fire.
Their 2-2 draw against Halifax was one of Orient’s worst defensive displays all season and had it not been for late heroics from Matt Harrold the quest for the National League title would have been significantly harder.
Orient need to recover going into the final games of the season, and keeping clean sheets will be the bedrock of the club picking up wins in the remaining matches that could send the O’s back into the Football League.
Leyton Orient fans, can the O’s re-find their defensive stability? Let us know!
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