REACTION: 'We Gifted Them The Goals'

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RUSSELL SLADE admitted that he expected more than what he got from his team in defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.

The O’s failed to trouble Cherries keeper David James all game and were beaten by two sloppy goals in as many second half minutes.

Lewis Grabban and Marc Pugh were the beneficiaries of Orient’s genorosity and manager Slade was disappointed in the ease with which they scored.

“I don’t think it was a classic game,” he said. “Both teams gave a lot of ball away for the entire game and in the end it was settled by two gifts. We gifted them two goals.

“We created very little, neither did they. OK they had a little more pressure and a few more corners than us, but my keeper’s only made one save in the first half.

“When they did score it was from us turning the ball over and giving it away yet again.

“You don’t expect the mistake from Nathan for the second and the keeper shouldn’t have thrown it out at that stage. It wasn’t really on. He was told before the game not to do that and the centre half was told the same.

“If our players think they can start doing the wrong things, they’re mistaken. We will start nice and early in the mornings and we’ll go and put it right on the training ground.”

Orient lacked spark throughout and their lack of drive also frustrated the boss.

“We shouldn’t have been in the situation where we were waiting for something to happen,” he added.

“We should have been on the front foot a little bit more. I emphasised how much the focus on performance was today. I thought the first 25 minutes might be the hardest – we saw that out without much drama, we got to half time and I thought we should have pushed on in the second half but it wasn’t to be.

“We don’t have to wait long for the next game and I’ll be looking for a bit of bouncebackability. I have an open mind to changes – players have got to start taking responsbility in terms of making me want to pick them.”