RUSSELL SLADE praised the resilience of his players after they scrapped their way to three points against Preston North End on Saturday.
The O’s had to dig in to secure their fifth win in a row, given to them by a goal either side of the break from Mathieu Baudry and Kevin Lisbie.
Preston, unbeaten in six prior to their Brisbane Road trip, came back strongly at the O’s and Slade was happy with how they repelled their threat.
“It was a real battle, right to the death really, and we claimed all the spoils which was the most important thing,” the O’s boss said.
“The players dug deep for the entire game because we knew it was going to be a battle of a different nature and with the conditions today that gave it an extra messy feel really.
“They had their 15 minutes when they really came at us, and Ryan Allsop’s made two fantastic saves, they’ve hit the post too, but we kept defending, we kept putting our bodies on the line and were always a threat.”
Baudry took his chance in the team with both hands and Slade wasn’t surprised to see the defender on the scoresheet.
He continued: “It was a fantastic cross and Matty Baudry, when he’s in the opposing box he wants to head the ball. He’s aggressive in the air and it was no shock to see him score.
“We had some good approach play for the second too, they were keeping a high line and trying to hem us in. That’s what they do, get you deep in your own half, but it does leave space on the counter.
“We were aware of that, and we had the pace of Lis and Moons and that’s what’s happened.”
With five wins in succession under their belts, the O’s boss says the confidence in the dressing room is sky high.
He added: “All over there are players running in to form.
“When you get five six, seven players running into form then you’re giving yourself a marvellous chance of winning the game.
“We’ve done it without the captain today and it shows that when somebody goes out, somebody else can step up. The confidence is there, the players are enjoying going out there and battling.
“That’s a good side we’ve played today, make no mistake about that. They’ve invested in their squad, he’s [Graham Westley] got his own team now and they won’t be far away. You’ll see that they’ll be a tough nut to crack, particularly at home.”