RUSSELL SLADE felt the O’s could have made life easier for themselves after they edged a five-goal thriller at Portsmouth on Tuesday.
Orient prevailed by a 3-2 scoreline in the end, but twice led by a two-goal margin during the second period and the Londoners merited that cushion for large periods of their play.
They gave Portsmouth a sniff by failing to ram home their advantage, but that wasn’t to matter in the end as two goals from Kevin Lisbie and a Moses Odubajo strike were enough for the points.
“It’s another fabulous result away from home,” said the boss. “I just didn’t think that it should have been left for a nervy last 10 or 15 minutes.
“It was an entertaining game for sure, but we didn’t need for it to be so entertaining. We should have been home and dry.”
Referee Graham Scott awarded three penalties on the night – two for the hosts of which Ryan Allsop saved the first – but it was one that was not given, for an incident involving Dean Cox, that Slade felt could have made the game more comfortable.
He continued: “I’ll have to look at the one with Ryan, but it looks to me as though he probably got there.
“Certainly I’ve looked at the Cox one [in the first half] and it’s a stonewall penalty. Really, when Mo scores we should be 3-0 up and the game over.
“Ryan’s then made three really good saves today and their keeper also has made a lot of good saves and got Man of the Match, so that tells you a story as well.”
With so much attacking intent from the O’s, Slade was happy to see his team notch three more goals – although he believes there is still more to come.
He added: “We had chances galore to be honest. I just thought we needed to be that little bit more ruthless.
“When we were in that losing spell nobody felt sorry for us, people rammed it home and rammed it down our throats. We had to take it on the chin.
“That’s what I’ve asked for from my team, when we’ve got our foot on somebody’s throat we can’t let it go. And that’s how we were at Carlisle. In the scheme of things it’s a really good result, a great performance again from Lis up front, and all round to be honest I thought there were some quality performances.”