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Mauro Milanese seeks clinical touch after Preston loss

29 October 2014

Mauro Milanese has called for Leyton Orient to be more clinical after his first game in charge ended in a 2-0 home defeat to Preston North End.

The 43-year-old became the club's third manager of the season following Russell Slade and Kevin Nugent having been appointed on Sunday after a stint as Sporting Director.

However, the Italian was unable to arrest a disappointing run of home results which leaves the O's still seeking their first win of the season at Brisbane Road.

They fell behind against Preston after 19 minutes when Callum Robinson met a cross from the dangerous Chris Humphrey to net from close range.

Orient were thwarted in their efforts to find an equaliser by their former keeper Jamie Jones who pulled off a double save when he kept out close-range efforts from Jay Simpson and debutant Gianvito Plasmati just before the break.

Preston controlled the play in the second half and put the issue to bed when Paul Huntington applied the crucial touch in a crowded box after Orient had failed to deal with a free-kick after 75 minutes.

The victory give the visitors their seventh consecutive league win and cut the gap on leaders Bristol City to two points.

Milanese said: "I think we were a bit unlucky to be behind [at half-time] because we had been creating a number of good chances.

"In the second half the game changed and we tried to play more on the floor but we were unable to create too many chances. Preston were very clinical and showed why they are second in the table.

"It's not the first time we have missed chances in the first half and then have nothing to show at the end, it happened under Russell Slade, Kevin Nugent and me now.

"I cannot fault the guys, they gave everything but we need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal. I'm not satisfied to lose a game at home, I prefer to be lucky and to win but I am satisfied with the players, the spirit was good and I think they played very well at times.

"At times, I couldn't see too much difference between the two teams and so for the most part of the game, I was satisfied with what we were doing."

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