REACTION: 'It's A Concern'

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ORIENT’S poor run in front of goal continued on Tuesday night when they went down to a 2-0 defeat to Colchester United.

Drawing a blank means the O’s have scored just one League goal in their last five matches and manager Russell Slade is aware they need to show more in the final third, although he insisted his team did have their chances against the U’s.

He said: “Of course it’s a concern [the lack of goals] and we want to be doing better. We will be doing better and we’ll work hard to do so. That’s what we’ve all agreed to do in the changing room.

“We’ve just got to work harder on making the right decisions particuarly in the final third. Our set plays again needed to be better, we needed to be a threat because we had a lot of corners and free kicks tonight.

“It was very open [early on], and as it very often is at this level it’s very much about the first goal.

“I thought we created three excellent chances tonight, Brunty ought to have finished, there’s the one that’s [given] offside and then there’s Moons’ header in the last minute.

“OK, there were times when they had good pockets of possession, but we dealt with that. We tried to stay in the game and tried to take the game to them that little bit more in the second period and we needed that goal for a lift.”

That goal should have come 16 minutes from the end when Scott Wagstaff was incorrectly flagged offside when he knocked home for a goal that would have reduced Colchester’s advantage to one and Slade wasn’t happy with the decision.

He added: “We were 2-0 down but still trying to do something, still trying to be positive. We got ourselves in a situation where we were getting on top just that little bit, and we scored a perfectly good goal which was disallowed.

“It’s small measurements that make the difference, but fair play we kept battling away despite that decision going against us.”