Richie Wellens, the head coach of Leyton Orient, expressed disappointment over ending their League One match against third-placed Barnsley with a 1-1 draw, believing his team deserved a win.
Despite Joe Pigott putting O’s ahead with a penalty, Herbie Kane equalized for Barnsley in the second half, resulting in a shared outcome at Brisbane Road. Wellens saw it as a competitive and well-played game between two strong teams.
He considered the goal Barnsley scored as remarkable but mentioned that they were aware of Barnsley’s tactics when counterattacking. Wellens believed his team deserved all three points, evident from the contrasting emotions at the end of the game – Barnsley content with a draw, while Leyton Orient felt disappointed with just a point. He emphasized the progress Leyton Orient has made and praised their performance in terms of tactics, athleticism, and overall quality, asserting that they outperformed their opponents at times.
Leyton Orient earned a penalty when Ruel Sotiriou’s shot was judged to have been handled by Jamie McCart. Pigott converted the penalty, although Wellens sympathized with the opposing team, believing the decision was somewhat harsh. He acknowledged that Leyton Orient had not received some penalties they deserved in the past.
Despite creating several opportunities, Leyton Orient couldn’t capitalize on them, and Kane’s long-range goal frustrated Wellens. He mentioned that they need to improve ball movement and positioning to capitalize on these opportunities and score more goals if they aim to compete at the top of their division.