Cook criticises Pompey defensive display

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Paul Cook rounded on his Pompey side after watching defensive errors inflict a 3-2 defeat at Leyton Orient this afternoon.

The Blues took a fourth minute lead through Connor Essam’s own goal, but the match turned on its head following the sending off of Adam Webster on 23 minutes.

Gareth Evans was on target for Pompey but Paul Cook's side were unable to avoid a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient today    Picture: Joe Pepler

Gareth Evans was on target for Pompey but Paul Cook's side were unable to avoid a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient today Picture: Joe Pepler

Jay Simpson scored from the resulting penalty and then former Hawks striker Ollie Palmer netted twice at the far post through poor marking.

Moments before Palmer made it 3-1, Ian Hendon’s skipper Mathieu Baudry was given his marching orders for headbutting Michael Doyle.

Gareth Evans did pull one back on 66 minutes to make it 3-2, but there was no leveller for the visitors as Orient held on.

And afterwards an angry Cook criticised the vulnerabilities of his team.

He said: ‘The lads have got to learn we carry a bit of pedigree in this division and rightly so, the travelling support we have is amazing and we have a duty to do the right things properly.

‘We haven’t done the scruffy side of the game for a bit now, we concede far too many goals away from home, we allow teams a leg up in the game when they are showing signs of nothing at all.

‘Great credit to Orient, it’s a great win for Ian (Hendon) and his lads and fair play to them they have been on a bit of a patchy run.

‘But we have got to be better than that - a lot better than that.

‘The referee gives the red card, that’s football, whether it’s a red card or not we are not going to change it we are not going to change it.

‘We have not got that ruthless streak in us yet and we have got to be better.’