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Leyton Orient striker Kevin Lisbie insists the O's will not feel sorry for themselves after Brentford defeat
Kevin Lisbie insists Orient will not feel sorry for themselves following their derby defeat to Brentford.
The O’s slipped down to third in League 1 after losing to their closest rivals but the veteran striker is adamant the team will put the disappointment behind them quickly ahead of this weekend’s trip to Walsall.
Lisbie said: “We won’t feel sorry for ourselves. All season we’ve been the same and I know it’s disappointing to lose to them but they’re a good team. They are there for a reason and we just have to go about our business now and continue to win games.”
He added: “Everyone’s down and it will take a couple of days but when we’re back in we will get ourselves together because there’s nine games left which is a lot of points, so we have to keep on going.”
Orient were backed by their biggest home crowd for three years with 8,335 supporters in attendance.
It was the first time Lisbie had played in front of a sold-out Matchroom Stadium and he appreciated the support.
“It was a good atmosphere,” he said. “It was the first time it’s been a full house since I’ve been here and the crowd kept right behind us until the end. I think they saw we gave everything and we just came up a bit short today.
“It was good apart from when it was their fans [making the noise]. It was a good day for the club. It’s just disappointing we couldn’t put on a bit more of a performance and get a result but we live to fight another day.”
Orient had enough chances to score in the first half and Lisbie felt the team could not give much more than they did in Saturday’s televised clash.
The 35-year-old said: “I think we pretty much did everything apart from score. The stats will show we were probably the better side even in the first half when they had 11 men. Sometimes, especially in this division, when you score first it changes the game and that’s what happened today.”
The hosts found it very difficult against ten-man Brentford during the second half and Lisbie feels the sending off did not do Orient any favours.
He said: “That’s something that happens over the years. If we could put our finger on why it’s so difficult against ten men then we would be millionaires. It happens in the Premier League and in Europe.
“It might have been different if they did not have the goal but it’s funny how it lifts people when they lose a player and go down to ten men. We’re just disappointed that we didn’t score.
“It was a sending off but it didn’t seem to change the game that much. Sometimes you’re probably better off leaving it 11 v 11 and they come out a bit more.
“They had that goal to hold onto and it made it hard for us. I think we had more chances in the first half than the second which was disappointing.”
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