Leyton Orient’s dismal run continued as they down to a 2-1 defeat at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night, extending their wait for a win to six games.

The O’s have taken just one point in that time and have slipped to within six points of the National League drop zone.

Rovers were the better side throughout, but still fell behind to a Matt Harrold’s first half strike before goals from Andy Cook and James Norwood condemned Orient to defeat.

The hosts felt they should have had an early penalty when new O’s man Mark Ellis tangled with Norwood in the box, but their appeals fell on deaf ears.

Charlie Grainger then clawed an effort away off the line from Andy Cook’s header and it proved pivotal as Orient went up the other end to score.

The 22nd minute breakthrough saw Jobi McAnuff’s shot deflect into the path of James Dayton and he drilled across goal for Harrold to turn in.

The Orient lead lasted only a matter of minutes and they were soon pegged back when Cook followed up Norwood’s saved effort to score.

Parity remained intact until the half-time break as both teams pushed for ago ahead goal – a theme which continued after the restart.

It was still the home side who were having the better of the game, however, and they wasted a number of chances.

Their pressure eventually told with 71 minutes on the clock when Dylan Mottley-Henry powered forward and clipped an inviting ball across the face of goal.

From a yard out Norwood couldn’t miss and he headed home to complete the turnaround and increase the pressure on O’s boss Steve Davis.

He will hope his side can lift themselves in time for a trip to Barrow on Saturday where they desperately need a win to halt a worrying run of form.