Orient defeat was poorest display of season

Paul Cook looks disappointed after Leyton Orient's winner on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook looks disappointed after Leyton Orient's winner on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
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Leyton Orient was the poorest we have played all season.

But full credit to Paul Cook and his staff for attending a charity function hours later.

Cook, Leam Richardson, Ian Foster, Mark Catlin and Iain McInnes all turned up at Waverley Bowls Club to raise money for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.

That must have been really tough after the 1-0 defeat against Orient, but the Blues boss was there and didn’t let anyone down.

I have been at enough events over the years when, following poor results, people have not turned up.

Obviously, there are fans having a little pop at Cook at present, but he showed his professionalism to be there for the event.

He was also involved in a question and answer with Tony Male when a lot of others would have squirmed at being asked to do so.

Still, it was a poor showing against Orient and I thought possibly down to a hangover from Morecambe.

That 1-1 draw and the manner it arrived in was a real blow – and on Saturday we never got going.

Pompey were flat, didn’t have that energy, and could have been beaten by a bigger scoreline. The players now have to regroup now and get a little bit of a siege mentality about the situation.

People will question one or two things and the only way you can answer those questions is by winning the next game.

Finally, all the best to Matt Tubbs on his move to Eastleigh for the remainder of the season.

Obviously, things are limited here for him and sometimes that is football, it’s how it goes.

Going to Eastleigh fits for him. Some people may scratch their heads that he is dropping down a league but it is local for Tubbsy, he has friends there and I think knows the manager as well

That also helps Eastleigh in their push to get promoted – and doesn’t leave him in our league to cause problems.

Tubbsy will score goals and if he fits into their system I am sure will help them go towards that.

There are always conspiracy theories and he has had an injury as well, so although fit for the last couple of weeks he hasn’t had any games. In those situations it is always hard to come back and hit the ground running if and when.

It has not worked out here at the moment, there are going to be people of the opinion he should be playing, but that’s football and everyone has thoughts on it.

I hope it works out for him and everyone can take stock again at the end of the season.