RUSSELL SLADE could barely contain his joy at David Mooney’s late winner against Yeovil Town on Tuesday night.
The O’s boss went storming up the touchline in celebration at the Irishman’s 90th minute header as the O’s moved to within a round of a Wembley final.
Orient had to battle to victory with 10 men after Anthony Griffith was sent off and the boss was thrilled with the spirit shown against opponents who had beaten them in the League just a week ago.
He said: “It was a great way to win a football match.
“It wasn’t a classic in the first half in any means, but you have to match their enthusiasm in terms of their second balls and their direct play.
“It was hard work and we went down to 10 men, but we showed great character. That’s the great thing tonight.
“We rolled our sleeves up even higher and we got a goal – it was a fantastic header from Mooney.
“It was a magnificent moment. We’re a contest away from Wembley, to celebrate that winning with 10 men – you don’t get any better than that.”
It was a goal in direct contrast to the last minute heartbreak the Londoners suffered at Hull on Saturday and Slade felt Mooney’s strike – his 10th of the season – was merited.
“We got a goal late on and we deserved it, for me,” he continued.
“We were the better team with 10 players and with 11 players.”
One sour note was an injury suffered by Kevin Lisbie in the second period and the boss admitted he doesn’t yet know the severity of the problem.
he added: “I’ve no idea on Kevin yet, he’s got a hamstring problem but we don’t know how long that’s going to be or what the damage is at this stage.
“I’ll have to speak to Nick [Dawes, physio] to find out. For now we’ll just enjoy tonight.”