RUSSELL SLADE felt Saturday’s win over Notts County was a reward for his team’s hard work.
Orient took the points thanks to a brace of goals scored in three second half minutes from David Mooney and Mathieu Baudry, meaning Jeff Hughes’ late reply counted for little.
Notts County were unbeaten in 22 away games prior to their visit to E10 so Slade was delighted with the outcome.
“We worked hard for the win against a good side,” he said. “Don’t forget that they played their part today – they came at us in the second period and it became a very open game, but fortunately we got the first goal.
“They changed their keeper and the young one that came on, he was inspired. We had 16 shots today, 11 on target and he’s kept most of them out.
“When we got the first it was a bit of a release. Goals settle you down and you wonder if it’s going to come, but we got it, and what was important was that we backed it up a few minutes later.”
Lee Cook provided the assists for both goals and Slade was delighted with his contribution.
He continued: “Cooky’s got good delivery and he’s done that today, and had a good shot which has come off the bar and allowed Moons to head it in.
“That’s what he’s got and that’s why he’s in the team, he’s a good player. Mo too, when we got the ball out wide today to them, we looked a real threat.”
The one negative was the goal conceded late on, but Slade didn’t late that cloud what was a positive day for his team.
He added: “Initially I thought we’ve not cleared that ball, but it took an horrendous ricochet and sometimes it falls to the wrong player.
“It did in that instance and there’s no blame attached to it.
“We’ve moved on from Brentford and we got a valuable three points today.”