PREVIEW: Slade Pre-Colchester

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RUSSELL SLADE will be looking back to the visit of Hartlepool seven days ago as his Orient side attempt to bounce back from defeat in the right manner again.

The O’s responded to a 2-0 reverse at Bournemouth by taking all three points against Pools last week and Slade wants the same when Colchester United come to E10 on Tuesday night.

“It’s been one of the traits, being able to bounce back,” he said. “It’s a good group, we always get a response and again that’s what we’re craving tonight.

“We’ll all finding it a little bit frustrating at the moment, and until we can find that consistency all we can do is show a reaction in games.

“That’s what we’ve done so far, we need it again, and if we get it that sets us up for another home game on Saturday. So we think it’s a very, very important week for us.”

Slade is looking for more from his side going forward, and again that echoes what happened against Hartlepool.

He added: “The answer to that [where Orient need to improve] is very simple. We have to do exactly what we did against Hartlepool when we had 20-something shots, of which 10 or 11 were on target.

“Wherever we are we want to win football matches, but any club will always feel they have an advantage at home. We want to put that into use and make sure we get one over our local rivals.”

However, the O’s are facing a Colchester team rejuvenated under new boss Joe Dunne, who has led them to victory in four of their last five League games and Slade is wary of their threat.

He said: “We do seem to find a team in form don’t we? They’re playing well at the minute, have worked themselves out of that bottom four and now will be looking to press on.

“Fair play, Joe [Dunne] I’m sure will be pretty excited about coming here and trying to win another football match.

“I look at what they’ve got going forward, they’ve got Massey on one side, Sanchez Watt down the other and Jabo down the middle.

“They are scoring goals now in a 4-3-3 and we’re going to have to take care of those threats.”

And as for the O’s squad, Lee Cook could return from illness while Slade says he will monitor a few minor knocks ahead of kick off.

He revealed: “There were a few bumps and bruises and one or two we had to be careful with on Monday, so we’re going to give those as long as we possibly can before we decide what we’re going to go with.”