David Mooney: Too many of us didn’t turn up at Boreham Wood, but we will put it right!

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 September 2017

Leyton Orient goalkeeper Charlie Grainger and George Elokobi are unable to stop Danny Woodards from scoring for Boreham Wood (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient goalkeeper Charlie Grainger and George Elokobi are unable to stop Danny Woodards from scoring for Boreham Wood (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The 32-year-old expects O’s to bounce back from Meadow Park defeat and triumph at home to Halifax Town

Leyton Orient's Craig Clay shakes hands with Boreham Wood goalkeeper Grant Smith after the full time whistle at Meadow Park (pic: Simon O'Connor). Leyton Orient's Craig Clay shakes hands with Boreham Wood goalkeeper Grant Smith after the full time whistle at Meadow Park (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward David Mooney was disappointed with the manner of their 2-0 loss at Boreham Wood in the National League on Saturday.

Steve Davis’ team struggled for much of the contest at Meadow Park and returned to London pointless after goals from Danny Woodards and Kieran Murtagh.

The O’s only tested home goalkeeper Grant Smith once and even that was a routine save for the Wood custodian from a long-range curling effort by Jobi McAnuff.

After Orient took 1,264 fans to the Hertfordshire club, it ended up being a day to forget for everyone associated with the east Londoners.

Mooney said: “We will all miss chances and lose games, but it is the manner in which we do it. Jobi was probably our best player on Saturday, but everyone else had an off-day and when it is like that we are not going to win too many.

“We dust ourselves down now and we will recover and go again on Tuesday night against Halifax Town. We are lucky to have a match so quickly and one of the last times we lost we came back and won two home games, so hopefully we can do it again.”

Orient’s stand-in skipper was the first to hold his hands up after the game and admit he was way off the level he expects of himself.

Mooney actually described his performance as “terrible” and conceded the team failed to do the basics right.

Boreham Wood opened the scoring in the 35th minute when the impressive Bruno Andrade picked out Murtagh in the area and he saw a shot cleared off the line by George Elokobi.

The rebound only fell as far as former Hornchurch full-back Woodards though, and he drilled in from 12-yards to put the home side in front.

Macauley Bonne should have equalised for Orient a minute before the break, however, but fired over when Mooney had played him in.

It would prove a costly miss with Murtagh doubling the home teams lead in the 51st minute when Elokobi gave the ball away and Andrade teed up the Wood midfielder for a simple finish.

Mooney added: “Personally I was disappointed, but from a team point of view we didn’t do the basics and what we had been doing over the past few weeks, so that’s the most disappointing thing for us.

“We gave them two goals and they didn’t have to do a lot to score on reflection, but we dust ourselves down and hopefully we put it right against Halifax.”

After a third defeat on the road, Orient will be pleased to be back at home tomorrow where they are yet to lose.

But Mooney was quick to point out that O’s are still in a good position go up this season despite some poor away results.

The experienced forward conceded expectations levels have increased following their strong start, but is confident the squad won’t drop down the table now.

“We said from the outset that we didn’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves, but that has increased with the start we have had and the talk has been about us being a big club and wanting promotion,” Mooney remarked.

“Listen, everyone knows we are a big club, but we are going to places where they want to turn us over, so it is going to be difficult.

“As a club we are in a great position because our home form is good and fair enough we lost on Saturday, but that is our first defeat on grass.

“We know we didn’t turn up and we were poor, but we have two home games coming up now. If we can take four points or six then I am sure we will still be right in contention.”

After entertaining Halifax tomorrow, Orient welcome Hartlepool United to Brisbane Road on Saturday for a 12.30pm kick-off in front of the BT Sport cameras.

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