RUSSELL SLADE has warned his O’s side to beware a ‘dangerous animal’ when they head to AFC Bournemouth for their latest npower League 1 fixture on Saturday.
The big-spending Cherries were one of the pre-season promotion favourites, but have started the season poorly and currently find themselves in the division’s bottom four.
That led to the dismissal of boss Paul Groves during the week and former O’s man Dennis Rofe is in temporary charge at Dean Court.
Orient are unbeaten in three away games and Slade says the Londoners will need to be at their best to continue that run, despite the Cherries’ lack of form.
“We’ve certainly picked up away from home, but you have to understand we are going to a very dangerous animal in Bournemouth on Saturday,” he told Orient Player.
“By their own admission they’ll concede that they are underachieving and we don’t want to awaken a club that for me will possibly end up in the top six.
“We want to make sure we go there and do a job.
“Paul Groves going probably wipes the slade clean for one or two others to come into the caretaker manager’s plans.
“Dennis Rofe has taken temporary charge and we know all about Dennis. He’s free to change it around now until the next manager comes in.
“Their start has been surprising but it is only a start and it will come as no shock if they do climb up the table.”
Orient return to League action on the South Coast having tasted victory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in midweek.
Slade was happy with the impact his squad players made in that win over Barnet and was glad to see them pushing a claim for a place in his starting XI.
He added: “You learn a bit, particularly about your younger players and it’s pleasing to get through to the next round of the competition.
“Every time you put the red shirt on, you have somebody hoping to stake a claim. I’m not going to divulge who, but certainly there were some good performances.
“That’s done and dusted now and our focus is clearly on our next game now, which is against Bournemouth.”
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