Leyton Orient cannot use the horrible conditions created by Storm Dennis as an excuse for their defeat to Cheltenham Town, says Josh Coulson.

Orient were handed a late defeat in Gloucestershire after Reuben Reid completed the comeback for the hosts with two minutes to go, and although that win asserted the Robins in a play-off position, Coulson felt his side still could have performed better.

Speaking to the club website after the game, Coulson said: “They’re up there for a reason. They’re good at what they do. I think the wind played a massive part in the game but it’s the same for both teams so we can’t use that as an excuse. I think in the first half we needed to find a way of putting more balls in the box and creating chances. In the second half we tried and weathered the storm really well.

“It was very tough out there. You didn’t know where the ball was going to go half the time but to be honest, I don’t think we really asserted ourselves well enough, especially in the first half with the wind, we didn’t use it well enough. It was really hard and we didn’t have that out-ball to get out and we got punished in the end."

The O's return home this weekend to face Oldham Athletic, and Coulson sees it as a good chance for them to bounce back from the defeat.

He said: "I think we’ve been quite good at home lately. We’ve got a good couple of points but we want to bounce back. We don’t like losing. We’ll be in next week preparing for that game and we want to win that game.”