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Davis admits Leyton Orient’s winless streak is frustrating and their defending cost them

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 October 2017

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis looks on from the touchline against AFC Fylde (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis looks on from the touchline against AFC Fylde (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis is frustrated his side let two leads slip as they drew 2-2 with Barrow.

Steve Davis’ team went into the contest without a National League win in six games and unfortunately saw that run extended.

Goals from David Mooney and Craig Clay was cancelled out by Bedsente Gomis and Jordan White at Holker Street on Saturday.

“It’s been a frustrating five or six weeks in many respects because previous games we’ve got ourselves in good positions and dominated games possession wise and not been able to force the goals.

“We went ahead twice, I thought the game was there for the taking for us, but we didn’t grab it by the scruff of the neck and win the game.

“It is frustrating, I don’t think the players are performing as well as they can at the moment.

“They’re lacking a bit of confident, I was hoping we could have nicked the win and that would have given us a bit more confidence going into the cup next win.”

The O’s played a 3-5-2 formation at Barrow with James Brophy and Jake Caprice acting as wing-backs and Davis admits they’ve been working on defending.

“We have yes, we actually put in an extra centre half and played five at the back, a 3-5-2, it was just something a bit different.

“We haven’t had a lot of time to work on the shape, but I think we have the players to be able to do it.

“I think when you go on a run like we’ve been on, performing well and not winning, you need to keep changing it around, trying different things, different players and different positions.

“As long as they can in those positions or are comfortable in them, there is no reason why we can’t swap it around.”

Davis admits his side need to tighten up defensively to turn their fortunes around.

“It’s just basic defending, goals from not getting tight enough, free headers.

“It’s just the basics of defending and we’ve got to get that right otherwise we’re going to keep conceding goals.”

He also revealed Charlie Grainger held strong despite being bashed around throughout the match.

“He got bashed around a little bit, a few clouts and that, but that’s the National League for you.”

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