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Orient defender Cuthbert rues costly defensive errors at Port Vale

10:00 27 October 2014

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O's Darius Henderson is sent off for elbowing Richard Duffy in the face by ref Lee Collins. Pic: Simon O'Connor

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Leyton Orient defender Scott Cuthbert believed they gift-wrapped all three points for Port Vale with the sloppy goals they conceded on Saturday.

The O’s lost 3-0 at Vale Park having had striker Darius Henderson sent off for an elbow on Richard Duffy just after the half hour mark.

It all went downhill from there as a quickfire second half double from Adam Yates and Ben Williamson put them on course for victory, before Nathan Clarke’s late own goal sealed the three points for the hosts.

And although the O’s were down to 10 men, Cuthbert felt they handed Port Vale the victory on a plate with some of their defending.

“It was massively disappointing. To be beaten in the manner we have is not a nice feeling,” said Cuthbert.

“When you go that long without losing you pride yourself on doing things right as a team and we gave away some sloppy goals in the second half. Whether we were down to 10 men or not it’s still sloppy.

“It’s happened to us two times at home and they have made it hard for us and maybe we just didn’t make it hard enough for Port Vale and gave away a few goals far too easily.”

Henderson’s dismissal was the O’s third in four games and more could be expected of the experienced players at the club.

But the 27-year-old admitted the team, rather than individuals, should be to blame as the defeat at Vale Park resulted in Kevin Nugent returning to a coaching role, and sporting director Mauro Milanese appointed as manager.

“I wouldn’t say the individuals. I would say the team are probably letting the manager down with that performance anyway,” he added.

“He had a lot to be proud of on Tuesday night at Doncaster Rovers with the manner in which we played and there’s a lot of things we need to work on with the goals we conceded.”

Tension was clearly in evidence after the whistle with Dean Cox and Shaun Batt involved in a heated discussion during the post-match warm down.

However, Cuthbert insists the spirit in the camp is still good and they all want the O’s further up the League One table.

“Every game you get beat there is loads of little arguments,” he remarked. “There are always little questions getting asked and it’s the way you deal with that.

“It’s a great bunch of lads. Every single one of the players aim is to get us up the table and close to the promotion places as we can.”

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