The O’s fell to their third late goal of the season mid-week, suffering a 2-1 defeat to Crewe.
Although only nine games into the season Orient have conceded four goals in the final five minutes of games this season, costing them points on the three occasions.
Orient currently sit 19th in League Two after just two wins in nine and had the O’s not conceded their late goals they would be sitting joint 6th in the table.
With an average squad age of 25, the team should have the mentality to play the game right till the end and manager Ross Embleton has admitted the defeats have hurt him.
Speaking after the game, Embleton said: “Yes, I do feel hurt but I feel like it’s another evening or another 90 minutes of hurt where we haven’t seen out a half or seen out a game. So yes, it hurts and I don’t think we deserved it but I’m fed up of people telling me that we didn’t deserve to get beat.”
The O’s have only managed two clean sheets in the League this season and seem to switch off as the game draws to a close.
Going forward Orient have the pace and the fire power but they must tighten up at the back especially in the dying moments of the game. Too often this season they have taken many unnecessary risks in defence that have cost them.
Embleton perhaps needs to look at the O’s game plan and move towards a more defensive approach in the closing stages by perhaps bringing on more defensive minded players, especially if they are already winning.
This season has glimpses of success for Orient if they manage to tighten up and maintain their form in front of goal.
It will be bitterly disappointing if they fail to reach the potential that this squad has in this League, they have the backing of the manager and together they truly can build on previous successes in order to reach promotion into League One.
Orient next travel to Colchester in which will be their toughest test of the season so far with the U’s also hoping to push for them promotion places.