Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis insists he is not panicking despite his side suffering their third consecutive defeat in the National League.

The O's were beaten 2-1 at home to Hartlepool United this afternoon to continue their losing run but Davis believes his injury-hit team will be fine when more first-team players return to fitness.

Davis said: “I’d be panicking more if we had everybody fit and putting out our best team and losing. We know we haven’t got our best team out and probably five of those players would have played today.

"I think when we’re full strength and have the squad together again we’ll be fine. It’s a long season and we’re going to need those young players to come in at times and perform well.

"It’s up to them. Dan Happe did it today. I haven’t seen the others do that yet but they’ve got to get out there, do the business and perform well."

Orient had seven players out injured for the match at Brisbane Road and another two are fitness doubts after David Mooney and Craig Clay were taken off during the defeat.

Davis said: “That’s the biggest thing with all the injuries that we’ve picked up that they’re muscular injuries because the bodies aren’t conditioned enough.

"They’re the main ones and we hope Josh Coulson, Matt Harrold and James Dayton will be back for the weekend.

"Craig Clay came off with a hamstring problem today and Mooney came off with a shoulder injury but we won’t know about them until Monday."