Matt Harrold has dismissed talk of Steve Davis being shown the Brisbane Road exit door as rubbish.

A fifth game on the spin without a win as orient lost 2-1 to AFC Fylde was greeted by an angry response from the Brisbane Road crowd on Saturday.

Adapting to life in the National League was never going to be easy for Orient, and Harrold feels any talk of Davis being under pressure is misplaced.

“To say the manager is under pressure is, I think, pretty premature and rubbish,” Harrold said.

“Also to blame players is rubbish and I think it is just a group effort where we need to change the fine lines which are not going our way.

“There needs to be a little bit of perspective on things and people need to realise we are not coming here playing rubbish and getting battered.”

The mood at Brisbane Road could not be in starker contrast to that which Harrold enjoyed on his first O’s outing.

On that occasion, Harrold came from the bench to score a towering header and in a resounding 4-1 win over Guiseley.

Harrold insists that while results have gone against the O’s, the unity which he felt when first joining the club remains firmly in tact.

“It is genuinely a really good group of lads, but I want to be winning and I think everyone would say the same,” he said.

“I loved that first game where we won comfortably.

“Since then we have probably dominated three and a half of the games we have played, but only have one point to show for it.

“I think it brings more frustration. I am not saying we have been unbelievable but I do not think we have deserved the results we are getting.”

Harrold was brought to the club to bring a physical presence to the Orient attack and has done so to decent effect so far this season.

Injury and Davis’ preference to play David Mooney and Macauley Bonne in attack has limited Harrold’s appearances.

He has often had to make do with a role from the bench and was once again a sub in Saturday’s loss.

The 33-yea-old went closest to forcing an equaliser after seeing a header almost squirm out of the keeper’s hands and over the line.

Harrold admits a watching brief is tough to deal with at times, particularly on a day when he felt the O’s were worth more than the defeat they suffered.

“I didn’t really expect to start and I only started training in the middle of the week, but we did dominate the ball in the first half without creating too many chances,” he said.

“It is hard to watch from the bench but you have just got to be ready to come on and make an impact.

“I had one chance off the line and I thought I had a shout for a couple of penalties. I don’t think things went our way decision wise.”

Orient were culpable for the manner in which they conceded both goals against Fylde as they conceded cheaply in each half.

Jobi McAnuff made it 2-1 with a back post header, but Orient never really built up the pressure required to force an equaliser.

Harrold accepted the O’s were wasteful in front of goal.

“I thought at 2-1 we would go on and maybe get an equaliser. We have created a few chances and had a free-kick on the edge of the box,” he said.

“If you are brutally honest, we need to be a bit better and be a bit more ruthless.

“We won the first game of the month, but since then it hasn’t been great.

“It is just about getting that ruthlessness back, keeping it out of one net and sticking it in the other.”