RUSSELL SLADE admitted that Hull City’s injury time equaliser was a sickener for his side after they looked set to claim an FA Cup with Budweiser scalp.
Nearly 40 league positions separate Championship high-flyers Hull from the O’s, but there was little evidence of that gulf in the 90 minutes at the KC Stadium.
David Mooney’s 78th minute header looked like it was going to be a winner, only for a last gasp Nick Proschwitz goal to force a Brisbane Road replay.
The O’s boss said: “I felt that perhaps we could have done a little more to stop the cross. It was only the second time in the game when we’ve given somebody a bit of a free header and it was disappointing to concede that because I thought we’d done enough to come through in the tie.
“We do feel a bit down and you need to be disappointed after conceding late on and having played so well.
“That’ll take a bit of getting over, but they’re professional, they have to do that. That’s what they’re paid to do, to bounce back and we need to bounce back on Tuesday in the right manner.”
Mooney’s header was his fourth goal in the O’s FA Cup run this term and Slade felt it came as reward for a good team performance.
He added: “We were probing, we were pushing, we were trying to get the goal and it was a great cross from Coxy. David finished it really well, he’s really confident at the minute and when he gets into those situations he’s putting them away which is nice.
“We were positive, but it was the manner in which we were organised and disciplined that pleased me most of all.
“You have to get your distances and your space right when you’re playing against good teams otherwise they’ll pop it around you.
“I was very pleased with how we were when we didn’t have the ball today, it was much better than in one or two recent performances.”
Orient are faced with another cup tie in midweek when Yeovil visit E10 for a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy semi-final, but Slade was handed an injury concern when Dean Cox was forced off late on.
He revealed: “Dean had a bit of a thigh strain and it was a toss up at one stage between him and Cookie, because he went down but he seemed to run off his calf injury.
“Dean’s thigh muscle was progressively getting worse so it was wise for us to take him off. Hopefully with rest he could be available for Tuesday.”