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Leyton Orient boss Steve Davis was anxious not to dwell on last night's 3-0 defeat to Halifax at Brisbane Road, but admitted his side had been poor in both boxes as they fell to back-to-back defeats.

The O's had been unebaten on their own turf so far this season, but were behind from the fifth minute when Adam Morgan latched onto 6ft 7ins Tom Denton's flick to open the scoring.

Denton was a problem the young backline could not solve all night, later scoring himself and winning seemingly everything launched his way for the visitors.

Davis' reaction suggested he had been expecting a tough night for his young centre-back pairing of Jamie Sendles-White and Michael Clark, both starting because of injuries elsewhere, and said he could not blame the inexperienced duo for being bullied by the sheer size of the target man.

He said: "It was a tough night. Aged 19 and 23, in their first games, it was always going to be a tough test against the biggest striker in the league who’s scored goals already.

"These games are for them to learn from, the result doesn’t help but you could say we have had chances to score at the other end too. We can look at both ends, there’s no blame attached but it’s about accountability."

Clean sheets have been at a premium for the O's all season, but two games without a goal will be more of a worry for Davis at present.

However, the former Crewe boss is taking some comfort from the fact his side have continued to create chances, and missed a number of gilt-edged opportunities in the first half of tonight's game.

He said: "I’m sure Matt [Harrold] will’ve buried the header nine times out of 10, and the same for [Romuold] Boco when he blasted over. You’ve got to score those chances, and we could’ve been 2-1 up and then the whole game changes.

"I’m never happy to concede, and especially not score. We are making chances, but we have to show more composure. 

"Had that second goal gone our way, not theirs, I think we’d have been alright. We had two fantastic chances at 1-0 but they just didn’t go in. We had numerous chances but couldn’t quite get that breakthrough to get back into the game. It’s really about what you do in both boxes."