RUSSELL SLADE believes his team can take plenty of encouragement from their performance in defeat to Hull City on Tuesday as they prepare for Saturday’s game against Doncaster Rovers.
The O’s were only beaten late in extra time by the Championship high-flyers and Slade says they need to match that level against Doncaster.
He said: “There’s plenty we can take from the last three games – we were particularly unfortunate not to get something out of the tie against Hull, but that’s gone now and we need to move on.
“We are creating chances, but it’s important that we win the game, even if it’s just by 1-0. We probably should have converted a few more of the chances we made on Tuesday, but as long as we keep doing that the goals will come.
“Going to extra time will have taken something out of us – it was probably the last thing both teams wanted. Recovery and preparation for the game is paramount.
“We’ll be waiting to the last minute again on the shape of our squad. We had four fitness tests before the Hull City game and I expect more fitness tests tomorrow.”
Doncaster approach the match having made a managerial change – former Swansea boss Brian Flynn replacing the Wolves-bound Dean Saunders in the hotseat – and Slade is anticipating one of the toughest tests of the season.
He added: “They are different – a foot taller than everyone else in the league for starters. Rob Jones and Jamie McCombe are massive at the back. They’re a big, strong side, with energy in there as well.
“They can play, they can mix it up, they can play out from the back, they can go long. They’ve got a little bit of everything and a decent squad.
“Brian’s inherited some quality there and they’ll be wanting to push on now.”