Leyton Orient manager Ross Embleton has blamed his side’s lack of focus for their 2-1 defeat to Colchester United at the weekend.

Jevani Brown’s double meant that Conor Wilkinson’s fortuitous goal late on had little impact on the match and the boss said defending had to be better in the future.

“We felt like we came upon something that could suit us. and I think at times today there were moments where we looked a real threat,” said Embleton on the club website. “We looked as if we could hurt the opposition and take control of the game, but the ultimate moment comes down to what’s happened in our box and there’s been too many moments this year where we’ve given away goals.

“The second one is a little bit scruffy and we don’t get it away and clear our lines, but the first one is from our own corner, we all run back and it’s honest and people are trying, there’s no question about that, but we’ve got seven men in our final third and the guy runs through one-on-one with the goalie and scores and that’s poor defending. “

Embleton was also disappointed with the lack of creativity going the other way.

“We spoke a little bit at half-time about our opportunities to cross during the game because we Jordan Thomas got into some real threatening positions and we felt there’d be more opportunities to get balls into the box with players on their good foot,” he said. “But we didn’t test their goalie enough. We had a few shots from distance and blocked shots, but not enough really and I felt that we got to a point in the game where, obviously the second goal went in, and it was almost like we could relax and the pressure was off and we started to look a bit more of a threat in terms of the way we got up with pitch again. There needs to be a better focus about the way we go about our defensive areas and what we do to impose ourselves at the top end.”