HARRY Kewell has called for improvement in the final third following his side’s 1-0 opening day defeat to Leyton Orient.

The new Latics head coach experienced his first defeat in charge of the club as League Two football returned to Boundary Park for the first time since February.

The 41-year-old was left frustrated by a number of missed opportunities, particularly in the second half, as Orient forward Danny Johnson’s 89th-minute strike secured victory for the visitors.

“No disrespect to Leyton Orient, they came here and did a job,” said Kewell.

“They knew what they were good at, playing wide with two tall players trying to compete. The thing that we lacked was that quality in the final third.

“From the get-go, we looked slow, steady and it kind of felt lazy.

“The way that we wanted to play, when we did it, it worked, but to my amusement we didn’t do it enough.”

Despite watching his side start their new league campaign with a defeat, the Latics boss remained positive about their overall performance and stressed that they know exactly where they need to improve.

“If you look back on the game there wasn’t too much that we let ourselves down with and we’re disappointed but we just need to work on our finishing,” he added.

“It’s frustrating, the players know it but sometimes a team is set up to frustrate you in certain ways.

“I don’t think they were looking for the win, they were waiting for the opportunities and all you need is one chance.

“I think you can clearly see that this league is a fantastic league, yes some of the decisions don’t go your way, but you’ve got to deal with that.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up now, continue with what we are trying to achieve here and I’m sure it will happen.”

Oldham travel to face Morecambe in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.