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Orient boss admits they haven’t been good enough over Easter

PUBLISHED: 19:32 28 March 2016 | UPDATED: 19:32 28 March 2016

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan looks towards the away fans at Accrington Stanley after their defeat (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan looks towards the away fans at Accrington Stanley after their defeat (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Brisbane Road outfit suffered second consecutive defeat this afternoon

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan conceded his team weren’t good enough against Hartlepool United this afternoon or over the Easter period.

The O’s fell to another defeat at Brisbane Road with Billy Paytner scoring the opener for the visitors after 49 minutes.

It was 2-0 midway through the second half when Nathan Thomas burst past substitute Frazer Shaw and fired into the net.

Nolan was frustrated with his team and admitted they need to take a long, hard look at themselves after suffering back-to-back losses against Accrington Stanley and Hartlepool in the space of four days.

He said: “I would say I have played ok. I can’t give you anymore, I don’t think anyone has been great or bad, I just think everyone has been ok over the last two games.

“Over the last two matches a lot of us could have a long, hard look at ourselves and that is what I said to the boys after. We are playing within ourselves and not to our standards.

“You work all week on how to beat the opposition and then you give the players the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition. I feel like over the last two games the strengths Accrington and Hartlepool have had, we haven’t combated them.

“The weakness of both those sides, we haven’t tried to use them and use it to our advantage. That is the most disappointing part for me because early on, previously, we were doing that quite regularly.”

Nolan admitted losing Jobi McAnuff to international duty was a big blow and resulted in them going with the diamond formation in midfield.

While they enjoyed a lot of the ball, they failed to create enough chances to beat Monkey Hangers goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

“Jobi is obviously a big player and I don’t want to moan about it, but it is a massive thing for us and we have missed him,” added Nolan.

“We had to change our shape today and try something different to what we have done since I’ve come in. I haven’t played a diamond since I’ve been here, but it was a formation that I thought could counter them.

“By playing the two lads up front with Jay Simpson off them and getting him to find space in the hole, but we did it in bits and parts and that was about it.”

Orient were frustrated not to be awarded a penalty with 14 minutes to go when Blair Turgott’s header was cleared off the line by Nicky Featherstone.

The Pools midfielder appeared to use his arm and Nolan was certain about the decision, adding: “It was handball, it was blatant and I have seen it on the video.

“The referee says a thousand per cent it wasn’t, I don’t know where he gets that from because it was wrong and I’m very disappointed he didn’t see it or the linesmen.”

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