Date: 6th May 2007 at 10:45am
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Orient boss Martin Ling was left disappointed with his side`s dreadful first half performance during the 3-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town. The O`s were 3-0 down at the break, a scoreline which flattered Ling`s side as Town completely dominated the opening period.

Ling admitted that he was thoroughly embarrassed by the first half showing and told his players to buck up their ideas for the second half.

‘We went out with a whimper in the first half,’ the O’s boss said. ‘I laid into them at half time and said to them that they must have been embarrassed by what they put on for 45 minutes. ‘The only saving grace is that they went out there and rectified that to a small degree by winning the second half, but the first half wasn’t good enough.’

The O`s pulled a goal back just before the hour mark with Jason Demetriou netting his second goal of the season, a fabulous left footed curling effort from the 19-year-old.

Ling added: ‘The kid’s got goals wherever he’s played, whether that’s at youth, reserve or senior levels. He was one of the plus points from today – even in the first half he showed some energy and urgency. I thought some of the seniors were going through the motions though, and it’s another 45 minute display, which probably sums up our season.’

Ling also handed youth its chance with both Solomon Shields and Jack Page entering the action from the bench and the O`s boss was more than satisfied with their contribution.

Ling continued: ‘Sol pulled his hamstring in the reserves on Wednesday. He trained yesterday and looked fine, but after 15 minutes it tightened up and he had to go off. Both he and Jack Page acquitted themselves well, and Efe also did well when he came on. He was a thorn in their side and showed why we’ve offered him a contract for another year.’

That defeat means that the O`s finished the season in 20th position and Ling will be hoping for a far better season next year.

He said: ‘There’s plenty of room for improvement and we need to finish either in the top eight or middle eight next season to show progression. This season has been one of survival, but that’s not good enough in terms of where we’re aiming to go.’