LEYTON Orient boss Ross Embleton admitted his side 'let themselves down' after they were beaten 2-1 by Colchester United.

The O's fell to a second successive league defeat and a fourth loss in all competitions, after Jevani Brown's double proved their downfall at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Sam Ling's late goal proved only a consolation for the O's, leaving Embleton disappointed.

Embleton said: "It's a downbeat atmosphere and a downbeat feel and perspective is important.

"We have to maintain a little bit of order and control - yes we're very disappointed and we've let ourselves down again today in very similar fashion to the way we did against Newport and Forest Green and that has to improve.

"We've got a week on the training ground to put that right."

Brown gave Colchester a tenth-minute lead and added to the hosts' advantage with 18 minutes remaining.

And although Ling scored with a deflected effort late on, it was not enough to salvage a point for the visitors.

Embleton said: “We felt after Tuesday’s game (against Charlton) that we came upon something that could suit us and I think at times today, there were moments where we looked a real threat.

“We looked as if we could hurt the opposition and get good control on the game but the moments came down to what happened in our box and there have been too many moments this year where we’ve given away goals.

“Their second goal was a little bit scruffy and we didn’t really get it away or clear our lines.

“The first one was from our own corner – we all ran back and it’s honest and people are trying but the guy runs through one on one to score against the goalie, so it was poor defending.

“We spoke before the game and at half-time about our opportunity to cross because we felt we could get into some threatening positions and get balls into the box but we didn’t test the goalie enough.

“We had a few shots from distance and a few blocked shots but not enough.

"We got to a point in the game where the second one went in and we almost relaxed and looked a bit more of a threat, getting up the pitch again.

"We get that focus on how we go about those defensive areas and what we do to impose ourselves at the top end."