Bradbury: Poor defending led to Hawks' defeat at Leyton OrientÂ

LEE Bradbury accepted the Hawks were second best to a powerful Leyton Orient in their 4-0 defeat at Brisbane Road.

The Hawks boss Lee Bradbury
The Hawks boss Lee Bradbury

However he felt his side shot themselves in the foot by conceding three poor goals in the first half.

Bradbury said: '˜We can't afford to give teams like Leyton Orient a leg up like we did.

'˜Their first two goals resulted from poor defending at set-pieces. Players have their jobs to do and players to mark and we just switched off. That isn't good enough.

'˜Once we went 2-0 down it allowed them to show what a good side they are. They are the best team we have played this season.

The O's remained in charge after the break adding a third goal from an excellent move.

But for a couple of good saves form Ben Dudzinski and some narrow misses the defeat could have been heavier.

Bradbury added: '˜For the third goal we were guilty of giving the ball away in a bad area. We can't get away with it as the level.

'˜I felt we improved and where a bit more competitive in the second half.

'˜Unlike last week I felt all the players tried hard and put the effort in.'