O’s boss Alberto Cavasin believed his side’s inability to capitalise on their first half chances proved costly in their 1-0 home loss to Portsmouth.
Christian Burgess’ second half header proved to be the difference between the two sides, and while pleased to have created some opportunities, Cavasin was disappointed with the manner of the goal the O’s conceded.
“It is definitely a match where we could have picked up a different result,” he told leytonorient.com.
“In the end it was decided from a set piece so all in all it was a tough day and a bad result. Portsmouth are definitely a good team, but we are unhappy and disappointed with result.
“We created some good opportunities but we haven’t been able to find the finish and we paid for that with the result and opponents managed to capitalise.”
At half time Cavasin opted to replace striker Paul McCallum with Alan Dunne as the Italian manager was keen to tighten up the midfield having lost skipper Liam Kelly to injury after just five minutes.
I wanted to enforce the midfield given the fact Kelly had come off with an injury,” he added.
“The team lost a lot of distances from different areas on the pitch, and the team wasn’t as compact as I would have liked so I wanted to enforce the midfield.
Cavasin is yet to find out how bad Kelly’s injury is, adding: “We do not know the full extent of Kelly’s injury. It is a muscular one, but we will find out the full extent over the next couple of days.”
The O’s boss now has a full week of preparation on the training pitch ahead of next weekend’s home match with promotion hopefuls Luton Town, and insists it will be a tough week of work for his side.
“Having a full week on the training ground will be important because the team needs to find its identity football wise and we need to work hard on that,” he said. “The only way we will improve is if we put it in the work on the training pitch.”