Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh: Our fans expect, rightly so, and we have to deliver
PUBLISHED: 09:35 14 March 2018
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The O’s fell to one of their worst results of the National League campaign as Torquay United earned a 1-0 win at Brisbane Road
Justin Edinburgh admitted Leyton Orient were not good enough during their 1-0 loss at home to National League strugglers Torquay United and called for his players to be brave in possession.
The O’s produced a limp display against the Gulls and fell behind in the 37th minute when Dagenham & Redbridge loanee Elliott Romain headed past Dean Brill.
Orient hardly troubled away custodian Vincent Dorel in the first half, but called him into action 10 minutes after the restart when George Elokobi’s header was tipped over.
It was one of only two saves the Torquay goalkeeper had to make on a dismal night for the O’s.
Edinburgh said: “It wasn’t good enough. I won’t hide behind it and I can’t accept that performance.
“We shouldn’t concede the goal and if we don’t concede, we don’t lose because Dean Brill hasn’t had to use his hands in the game.
“We haven’t done enough, but we’ve had more possession and we just didn’t have any intensity, cutting-edge or bravely. We have got to do better.”
The 48-year-old went on to bemoan a lack of creativity from his team despite them enjoying the lion’s share of the possession.
“It’s not happening at the moment and credit to Torquay they got a lot of men behind the ball, but we allowed that because we didn’t play in the right areas at the right times,” said Edinburgh.
“We didn’t have any purpose. I thought we kept the ball for the sake of it rather than having a purpose.”
It is well documented how poor the Brisbane Road pitch is, but Edinburgh refused to use it as an excuse.
Orient were booed off at full time and Edinburgh admitted his players have to use the expectancy as a positive.
He added: “We can’t keep making excuses. There is an expectation about us and we have to start delivering.
“We need to relish the expectation and that’s got to be our mindset. There will be more games like this towards the end of this season and next season and there is a demand. Our fans expect, rightly so, and we have to deliver.”