Played six, lost six, conceded 18. Well, at least there is consistency. That can be the only positive as Orient were thrashed 3-0 by Blackpool and to add insult to injury were reduced to ten men after Adam Tann was sent off for a professional foul. Having lost Captain John Mackie earlier through injury, Orient battled hard but with little quality in the final third and as a result slump to 23rd in League One.
The hosts won thanks to goals from Andy Morrell, Wes Hoolahan and Kiegan Parker as the O`s conceded three once again. Martin Ling will be scratching his head for any sort of idea that could see his side escape from this nightmarish run of results that has seen Orient unable to win since August 12th.
The O`s reverted to the 4-4-2 system that was employed so successfully during the miraculous comeback against Gillingham in midweek. Jabo Ibehre was handed a rare start alongside Gary Alexander and Wayne Corden came into the midfield.
The home side started brightly and with only seconds gone, Garner was forced into a smart save from Morrell after a flick on by Burgess. The O`s were soon into their stride too as both Gary Alexander and Wayne Corden went close.
However, Orient`s best chance of the afternoon would come after nine minutes as Alexander`s cross was sent back across goal by Lockwood but Ibehre`s effort could only hit the post. It was the closest Orient were to come and it was a miss they would eventually live to rue.
Orient were dealt a blow when Mackie was forced off with injury so Chambers reverted to right back with Tann shifting to central defence. Joe Keith entered the fray from the bench and no later had that happened than the O`s found themselves behind.
Burgess got in behind the O`s again and despite being held up by Garner, the ball found itself to Morrell who made no mistake to give the Tangerine`s the lead. It was another episode of amateurish defending from the team with the worst defensive record in the entire football league.
Morrell and Burgess were causing Orient all sorts of problems as Blackpool looked to double their advantage. Morrell twice went close with shots and on 29 minutes was only inches away to finding the back of the net.
The second half followed a similar pattern and the home side really should have wrapped up the points on 58 minutes. Another howler from Garner allowed Burgess the opportunity to charge down his clearance and with the goal gaping, the former Hull striker contrived to slip just as he was to apply the finishing touch.
It was an appalling miss and Orient sought to take advantage as they looked for a way back into the game. That chance came on 74 when Paul Connor`s through ball put Michael Simpson away but his effort was well saved by Evans in the Blackpool goal.
It was a fantastic chance and with it went Orient`s chances of salvaging anything from the match. With Orient playing 4-3-3 in an effort to get back into the game, the home side caught the O`s on the counter attack and Kiegan Parker was pulled down in the penalty area by Tann. Mr Atkinson promptly produced the red card as the O`s were reduced to ten men.
Wes Hoolahan stepped up and duly converted as the Seasider`s looked to have taken all three points. It was only to get worse however for the O`s as with four minutes remaining, Chambers was robbed by Burgess and the striker sent Parker away to seal victory with an easy finish.
We Told You So
What is there to say? Another defeat and another case of 3-0. Although Vital Orient did predict a 3-0 scoreline, there was hope that the O`s could make us look stupid. Unfortunately, that was never going to be the case.
Having conceded the customary three goals, the O`s have now let in a massive 28 goals in their opening twelve games. It`s a statistic that will give Martin Ling nightmares and it is something that needs to be rectified immediately.
Not Good Enough
Whilst it is still early enough in the campaign for the O`s to recover, the signs do not look good. An all too familiar look has already set in and those Orient fans that were around last time the O`s were in this position will remember the misery and embarrassment that was heaped upon the club.
The players and the management of Leyton Orient cannot let this go on, it is without doubt an utter disgrace. These players are the same players that took Orient to promotion and there is no doubt that they can perform. Yet, they are not doing it. The responsibility ultimately lies with the manager, but he will feel let down yet again by those wearing the Orient shirt.