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7 January 2014

Gaffer frustrated with patchy performance in home loss to the O’s

Graham Turner was left discontented after his side lost a fifth consecutive home game after falling to a 2-0 reverse to Leyton Orient.

Town have also failed to register a single goal in the last four of those games, with the O’s striking either side of half-time to reside GT to this latest defeat.

“In patches it was ok and in patches we didn’t work hard enough,” said Turner.

“Goals change games. We had a really good chance earlier in the game, but with our home form recently and the state of confidence at home we needed to take it – and then they scored.

“We were reasonable until we conceded the goal. It’s a bad one to concede. We shouldn’t be losing possession in our own half and letting them get right through at our back lads. You could see the confidence drain from players after that.”

Reflecting on the run of form at former fortress Greenhous Meadow, GT remained unequivocal that his side can force their way out of the current vicious cycle.

“There’s been a long period where this has been a fortress for us. The one season we didn’t lose a game here, then last season we didn’t lose too many, but unfortunately these things happen from time to time. 

“They go in cycles, but obviously we’ve hit a real bad patch and scoring goals is a problem for us. It sounds simple, but sometimes it is just a fact of finishing off the chances and putting the ball in the back of the net.”

With the transfer window now open, Turner is hopeful of bringing reinforcements into the Club, but he is unsure whether Saturday’s trip to MK Dons may come too early for any new additions.

“What we’ve got to do is take stock. There’s been a lot of work, a lot of phone calls, a lot of efforts to bring people in. That doesn’t change, but I think the thing that we’ve got to concentrate on putting right at the moment is what we’ve got at the club and how we can improve that.

“If somebody comes in that will be very nice and it’s what we’re working towards, but at the moment we’ve got what we’ve got and we’ve got to prepare for MK Dons now in a professional manner and make sure that spirits are lifted, not dumbed down.

“The players are depressed enough, they don’t need me down their throats. What they need now is lifting in preparation for MK Dons so we can go down there with the belief. We’ve taken seven points out of nine from the last three away matches – can that run continue?”

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