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SLADE: 'He Almost Didn't Play'

Posted: Sat 08 Dec 2012
Author: Leo Tyrie
Russell Slade

Russell Slade

Image by: Simon O'Connor

Manager's praise for two-goal striker Lisbie, who battled through illness at Bury

ORIENT boss Russell Slade admitted two-goal hero Kevin Lisbie almost didn't make it out onto the pitch for Saturday's game at Bury.

The 34-year-old striker notched his brace despite suffering with a stomach bug since Friday night.

Slade was delighted that the gamble paid off and was full of praise for the frontman.

He said: "He'd been sick all last night and this morning and we nearly didn't play him at all.

"He wanted to go out and have a go, and he scored two goals.

"You'll have seen from his performance that he's much more lively than that but his concentration in front of goal to score those two was fantastic and I've got all the praise in the world for him for what he's done.

"He's put himself on the line for 60-odd minutes."

Lisbie's seventh and eighth goals of the campaign came either side of the break to give the O's a 2-0 victory and Slade felt their three point haul owed a lot to doing their homework.

"I thought it was a really honest, professional performance," he continued. "We were ready for it, we knew it was going to be a difficult game, they close you down very quickly and put you under pressure,

"We warned the players about that and showed them some footage and I just thought we were so prepared for it and it was great the way it turned out.

"They've had chances, but both teams had chances. Lis had a great chance just after half time and they had a couple of headers that Ryan's done really well from those.

"The players know their jobs, that's for sure, and they know each other's jobs too. We're looking well oiled at the moment and we've just got to keep that going."

176 vocal O's fans were there to witness their side's eighth win in a row and Slade was delighted to reward their dedication.

He added: "The fans have been treated recently away from home and it'll be nice to get home for the game [against Scunthorpe] next week.

"I think it's six out of the last seven games that have been played away so those fans have done some travelling and at least they can go home with a smile on their face."