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Dave Challinor: AFC Fylde didn’t deserve anything against Leyton Orient

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 February 2018

Leyton Orient forward Matt Harrold wins the ball in the air against an AFC Fylde opponent (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward Matt Harrold wins the ball in the air against an AFC Fylde opponent (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

The Coasters boss expressed his disappointment after Saturday’s home loss in the National League

Dave Challinor admitted his AFC Fylde team didn’t deserve to get anything from their National League game with Leyton Orient on Saturday.

The away side triumphed 1-0 at Mill Farm thanks to Macauley Bonne’s 18th goal of the campaign in all competitions.

Bonne netted from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute to hand the Coasters a first home defeat since September 23.

Fylde’s manager provided an honest assessment after the loss, conceding his players were not able to cope well enough with Bonne, Dan Holman, James Brophy and Josh Koroma.

Challinor told the official club website: “We didn’t deserve anything from the game. I was happy with how we started, I thought we started brightly, but then we didn’t do the basics well enough.

“We became impatient and because we made poor decisions we didn’t ask enough questions, but don’t get me wrong, they will see it as a good away performance.

“They got bodies in and were organised and you expect teams to be like that. They looked a threat on the break and we knew dealing with the front two and the wide players would be… not a challenge, but something we had to do.

“And ultimately we haven’t done that and so we’ve ended up losing the game, and the biggest frustration and disappointment is we were victims of our own downfall.

“We didn’t make good enough decision on the ball and our movement wasn’t good enough and we didn’t test them enough.”

Orient’s victory moved them up one place to 16th, but they remain six points above the bottom four after Solihull Moors’ 3-2 success over Dover Athletic on Saturday.

The O’s will aim to make it five games unbeaten later tonight when they travel to face lowly Chester, who stunned Eastleigh 3-1 last weekend.

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