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