Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade said his side were always going to struggle against Premier League club Blackburn following their 3-2 defeat.
Slade believed the npower League One club were facing an uphill task at Ewood Park given their poor league form and the number of injuries they had.
"We came here under difficult circumstances for a League One club striving to get their first win in the league and we had eight players injured, three of them goalkeepers," he said.
"The important thing was to stay in the game and I think we did for long periods.
"It made contest of it and there were moments when maybe it could have been our night but fair credit to Blackburn.
"The performance of Lee Butcher (Orient's goalkeeper) kept us in it."
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