Leyton Orient winger Calaum Jahraldo-Martin admitted the players need to take responsbility following their 3-1 home defeat to Exeter City.
The Hull loanee made his home debut as a half-time substitute, but despite being pleased with his own performance admitted the team were not good enough during the first half in which they conceded three goals.
“I was pleased with my own performance, but the main thing is the team and first half we weren’t up to it. We were making schoolboy mistakes,” said Jahraldo-Martin when speaking to leytonorient.com.
“We have got to look at ourselves from that point of view and we can’t always be pointing fingers at the manager. As players we have got to stand up ourselves and take the responsibility.”
Jahraldo-Martin came on along with defender Frazer Shaw during the interval and took up a position just behind strikers Jay Simpson and Ollie Palmer, and revealed that the message from the dressing room was to tighten up defensively as a team.
“The message at half time was just to cut out the silly mistakes and the rest will take care of itself. We are good footballers going forward it’s just sometimes defending we are making schoolboy decisions, but this is senior football and we need to be stepping up to the mark and defending as a team.
“Being just behind the two forwards I wanted to get on the ball and show what I can do. From that we went on to win two penalties so hopefully next game we will come back stronger.”
Despite being awarded two spot-kicks in the second half the O’s were unable to find a way back into the game with top scorer Simpson being denied on both occasions, though Jahraldo-Martin expects the striker to bounce back and continue his fine season in front of goal.
“Jay has been scoring all season for us and you can see that he is human now, but he will get more chances and I am sure he will bang them in.
“He was down afterwards because he wants to keep on scoring and doing well for the team and felt as though he had let us down but we will come back stronger. He wanted to prove that he can score by stepping up to take the second penalty but it wasn’t to be his day,” the 22-year-old added.
“It is key to bounce back now and show the fans and everybody that we are more than capable of doing so.”