REACTION: Hendon on Hartlepool defeat

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Leyton Orient Head Coach Ian Hendon admitted the O’s cannot continue to concede soft goals if they wish to remain in the League Two Play-Off places following today’s 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool United.

Orient sit in seventh spot following the result, but took the lead through Bradley Pritchard’s first goal of the season on the 13th minute.

Kudus Oyenuga was to level from the penalty spot however as the sides went in all square at the break, before Jake Gray scored twice in the second half to hand Ronnie Moore’s side all three points.

“I thought early in the game we were in control and moving the ball well. We did create some chances and went one up,” Hendon told

“Alan then made a poor decision to give a penalty away, but we continued to play well throughout the first half and Charlie Grainger never had a save to make.

“We came in at half time and we were still really confident. The second goal was a soft one to concede, we don’t seem to get any of those, so it’s something we have got to sort out as we can’t keep conceding soft goals. Goals change games.”

The O’s dominated large parts of the game but were unable to turn that into goals, and the Head Coach knows that has to change quickly.

“We are disappointed we haven’t taken our chances,” he added. “We can’t keep saying the performance are alright because at the end of the day we have lost and it is very disappointing from that aspect.

“The bottom line is we lost 3-1 and I get judged on results not performances, so results have to pick up and quickly. We have got a lot of disappointed players, and management staff in that dressing room.

“I’ve not looked at the table yet but obviously getting a win today would have helped. We are in and around it but we need to start winning games of football if we are going to keep challenging.

“The fans have been fantastic and rightly so they are not going to be happy with the result just like the players and myself. We get amazing support both home and away, and I am just sorry that they are going to have to travel back on a defeat.”

Hendon will continue his search for new loan additions to the squad this week, adding: “We lost ‘Coxy’ in the week and wasn’t able to fill the bench today so it is majorly important that we get some players in and add quality. This is not through a lack of trying.”