IT MAY have been a longer workout than he hoped for but O’s boss Russell Slade was nevertheless delighted to register a shock Capital One Cup win at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.
The O’s triumphed over the south Londoners 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw, meaning the O’s progressed past the first round of this competition for the fourth straight year.
Playing 120 minutes was a test for his players at this very early stage of the season, according to the boss, but he was delighted with how they came through it.
He said: “It’s really unusual to prepare for a first Cup game rather than a League game – that was a first for me.
“But if you get the result, I suppose it’s great. We got the result tonight, albeit on penalties, but we’ll take that.
“The first thing I asked at 90 minutes was what was happening in the Chesterfield-Tranmere game and fortunately I found out that they were going into extra time too!
“But you don’t want 120 minutes for your first game of the season. That’s hard work when games are going to come thick and fast.
“We had the major chance of the game to go in front [Mooney’s penalty] but it became very open and there were chances for both teams.
“But we stayed in it and I was really pleased with the attitude of the team. We kept grinding away, we were hoping we could do it in 90 minutes but we’ll settle for a win on penalties.”
All of Orient’s new signings played some part in the east Londoners’ victory and Slade believes they will continue to get better and better.
He added: “We had eight new players in the squad and it was going to be a test on that front because you need time for your new players to settle in.
“I started with six of them and two more got on the pitch as well. Young Ryan Allsop played his part and saved a penalty in the shootout.
“Maybe that was the sort of start that they needed mentally. It gives them a bit of momentum to go into the season and the first game.”