RUSSELL SLADE felt Orient underperformed in the opening period as they were swept aside by a strong Everton team in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
Everton played a number of first teamers as they raced into a 4-0 lead by the break in their eventual five-goal victory, but O’s boss Slade felt his team could have done more to limit the damage.
He was happier with the second period as Orient showed more of themselves on the ball and will take the second 45 minutes as a positive before they resume the League campaign at Crawley on Saturday.
“I was disappointed with the first half and I think we could have done a little bit better [in that period],” he said. “It’s never nice and it’s never easy when you’re 4-0 down and it felt like that FA Cup replay at the Emirates.
“If you turn the ball over or make a wrong decision against a team like that you’re going to get punished, and that’s exactly what we did, particularly with the first two goals.
“We said at half time that the decisions needed to be better, and that I didn’t think that, other than two or three of them, we were playing to our full potential.
“Some of them were underachieving, but second half they showed a little bit more of what they were capable of, and that was important because that’s what you have to take away from the experience – you’ve got to be better, you’re playing against good players and in terms of concentration and the mental side of the game, that’s absolutely massive.
“In the second period we asked a few more questions of them. Yes, they made three subs and in the last 15 minutes they were down to 10 men with Phil Neville going off [injured] but I thought we were better because we kept the ball better in the second half, even when they had 11.”
Slade gave debuts to Martin Rowlands and Lee Cook from the bench after the break and he is looking forward to adding their experience to the team over the coming weeks.
He added: “They need pitch time so the decision was made to ensure they had some in the second half,” he continued. “I’d have liked to have given Cookie a little longer, but obviously we got an injury to Lloyd James immediately after half time.
“He rolled his ankle in the first half and we patched him up at half time and thought he’d be ok, but he was struggling and we had to make a substitution there.
“I probably wouldn’t have made that otherwise because I wanted to get Cookie on earlier and maybe give Kevin Lisbie a bit of break because he was up there on his own.
“I’m delighted that we’ve added Cook’s and Rowlands’ experience to the squad, they just want to play football and when we get them up to speed they’re going to be assets for us.”