ORIENT manager Russell Slade was left bitterly disappointed after his side let three points slip through their fingers after defeat at Hartlepool on Saturday.
The O’s got off to the perfect start through a Martin Rowlands penalty and despite looking comfortable with their lead for the vast majority of the match, they ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 score line thanks to late goals from Peter Hartley and Luke James for the home side.
Slade said: “I’ve got a really disappointed changing room, the game was in our hands, and to be honest there was no way we deserved to lose the game. We’ve created chance after chance and we probably paid for not taking some of those chances.
“We counter attacked well, we got into good areas and on another day we probably would have scored more goals. But even so, we were still 1-0 up, and probably if they were going to score it might have been from a set play. They put all their big players on, they’re a hugely physical side and we’ve not dealt with it from a corner.
“It was a very physical game, they are fighting for their lives so were fighting for every tackle, though to be honest I thought we matched that and it wasn’t a problem.”
Another disappointment was losing Gary Sawyer to injury in the second half and Slade is unsure of the extent of the left back’s problem.
“It’s too early to say at the minute but obviously he’s got a nasty injury.”