David Mooney says Leyton Orient’s players must get used to sides raising their game against them after Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Boreham Wood.

The O’s were second best against a dominant Wood outfit as goals from Dan Woodards and Kieran Murtagh gave the hosts a comfortable victory.

A record 1,920 strong crowd turned out for Orient’s visit to Meadow Park and Mooney believes teams are relishing the chance to claim a prized scalp.

“It wasn’t a great day for us, but we are not going to win every single game,” Mooney said.

“Every team we play, and when we go to someone else’s ground, it is their biggest game. Regardless of whether we want it to be, that is a fact.

“If we are not at it, we are going to get turned over because they will be. For us, that is a lesson learned and hopefully one we can take into games down the line.”

While the O’s display offered little to be positive about, their start to the campaign has, in general, been a positive one.

Steve Davis’ side remain a point off the top of the table after nine games which have been punctuated by below-par displays on the road.

Mooney insists the squad remains united after the latest loss and is coping with the pressure of a promotion chase.

“We are all together as a team and that is what we are trying to stress. A few words were said after the game but mostly about showing a reaction, putting today in the past and moving on,” he said.

“We said from the outset that we didn’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves about promotion.

“That pressure has increased because of the start we have had and we are a big club and everybody knows that. We are going to places where they are going to want to turn big clubs over.”

On a day in which many of Orient’s players struggled, Mooney’s own performance was poor and he bore the brunt of a disgruntled O’s support.

The 32-year-old striker accepted he failed to match the standards he sets himself on a day which saw most of the O’s number struggle.

“Jobi [McAnuff]was our best player today and everyone else had an off day,” he said.

“We are not going to win too many games with 10 players having an off day, but we will dust ourselves down.

“I just want to play and do well and today I was poor.”

Mooney’s position in the starting XI is by no means assured and the arrival of Matt Harrold has added further r competition to fill the attacking berth at Orient.

Harrold finished the game up front with Macauley Bonne, but Mooney insists options are a good thing.

“The two boys can play together and it doesn’t really effect me who plays,” he said.

“As long as we are winning and I can see we are making progress I will be happy.”