Head Coach Justin Edinburgh was left to missed opportunities as the O’s lost 1-0 to Hartlepool United last night, despite a dominant display at Victoria Park.
The 48-year-old’s disappointing night was capped off as he was sent to the stands by referee Andrew Miller after hitting the dugout in frustration as the O’s fell to their first defeat in five games.
“I couldn’t hide my disappointment which eventually saw me removed from the dugout which I think was very harsh,” Edinburgh told leytonorient.com.
“I don’t think I’ve seen us play as well with the ball this season since I’ve been here, I thought the start we had to the game was the best we’ve had, we were extremely good on the night and dominated from start to finish but I think this is what we have to overcome if we’re going to get to where we want to get to next season.
“Perhaps we need to have little bit more creativity in that final third, for the periods that we spent in Hartlepool’s half throughout the 95 minutes, we just didn’t pick the right pass or the final ball that would open Hartlepool up”
Despite the result, Edinburgh was pleased with the efforts of the players who played excellent football throughout the night with little reward, “I thought the player’s attitude, application and approach to the game was very good but if we’re going to get to where we want to next year they’re the game we’ve certainly got to be coming out on top of’.
“There’s some really good passages of play and really good passing but there was perhaps just the fine details that were missing on a night where we needed to be on our best to go on and win the game, but I can’t fault the player’s efforts."
Following the removal of George Elokobi and James Brophy last night, the O’s were left with just four players over the age of 21 on the field at the end of the 90 minutes. “I spoke about that after the Macclesfield game last week, there’s some incredibly talented young players in the team and this will only stand them in good stead going forward for next season because they’re going to encounter this a lot.
“I say this, and I don’t say it tongue-in-cheek, a lot of teams play against us not to lose, they don’t come to try and beat us and we had that scenario once again last night and we’ve had that a lot since I’ve been here and we’ve got to find ways to overcome that.
“To finish the game with so many young and talented players on the pitch, and with more to come on from the bench bodes well for the future there’s no doubt about that and these experiences will help us move forward and try and reach our goal for next year,”
The O’s Head Coach was quick to praise the 84 supporters who made the trip to Victoria Park last night, “I feel slightly responsible that I wasn’t able to go and thank them for their support, but I wasn’t allowed to reappear on the field so apologies to those and once again I thank them all for coming.
“I know they’ll go away and be scratching their heads about how we haven’t won the game but I think everyone can see the strides and improvements we’re making on and off the pitch which will blossom going into the start of next season”