IT WAS a familiar tale for O’s boss Russell Slade as his side lost out in a tightly-contested match at Crawley Town on Saturday.
For the second consecutive League match the O’s were defeated by a solitary goal and Slade thought there was more in the contest for the Londoners than they took from it.
Sporting a new-look midfield, Orient gave a promising first half before fading after the break and ultimately suffering a third straight League defeat.
“It started brightly for us and I felt we were in there for at least a point today, which would have been commendable on the back of a tough game on Wednesday night,” the manager said.
“In terms of our preparation we’ve had a day less, but that’s not an excuse as I felt we were well in truly in the game and arguably could have got ourselves a goal in the first period.
“We looked a little tired and leggy towards the end of the game, but that was understandable.
“There’s been nothing in the games – our last two League games have finished 1-0, both Stevenage and Crawley had one or two chances, but then we didn’t create enough ourselves.
“I think we need a bit more belief in and around the box, a little more quality to get a goal. It’s all about goals and a goal today would have been a fantastic lift.
“It was a typical League 1 game where there wasn’t much in it and you just need that little bit of belief, that little bit of guile to go and get a goal.”
Slade felt the visitors were denied a break early on when Martin Rowlands went to ground in the box – a little too easily for referee Phillip Gibbs.
The O’s manager insisted the official had got that decision wrong and that the O’s should have had a spot kick.
He added: “I think it was a penalty, the referee has missed a penalty.
“He decides to give a yellow card and a free kick, I didn’t see it like that I have to say. I’ve looked at the DVD and I still think it’s a penalty. He’s caught him.”