Leyton Orient caretaker manager Kevin Nugent admitted his side did not deserve to hold on to their lead during Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Southend United.
James Walker netted a stoppage time equaliser for the Shrimpers at Brisbane Road to deny Nugent a winning start to his interim spell at the helm of the O's.
Adam Boyd had opened the scoring for the home side on 11 minutes.
"We were so close and it is disappointing to concede that late on," Nugent told the club's official website.
"I really feel for the lads because they put so much effort in. It wasn't to be but there are some positives to come out of the game.
"But if we're being honest, they put us under a bit of pressure and we dropped a little bit too deep - even in the first half.
"That invited pressure, but you get that after a losing streak. When you go in front it's almost as if you forget how to win games and you tend to sit back.
"The effort we put in was first-class, but there is still a lot of work to be done too."