DESPITE the home defeat on Tuesday night, Orient manager Russell Slade still believes there is plenty to play for in the second leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final as his side continue their quest for Wembley.
He said: “It’s a really frustrating night for us, the conditions weren’t great but that was the same for both sides. We created enough on the evening to get ourselves a couple of goals, unfortunately we’ve not and we trail now and that’s made life very difficult for us. It didn’t go our way tonight but there’s a lot to play for, it’s still only half-time.
“We’re now the underdogs, they [Southend] have got an advantage, and they’re now at home, so I would think they probably think the job is mainly done. I think it’s far from over though and there is a lot of football still left.
“It was a great atmosphere and at times it was a good cup tie, both teams were having a real go and it wasn’t easy in those conditions out there and it wasn’t like we didn’t create the chances.
“We’ll have to go there, we are still well in the game, and even if we are still trailing by that one goal with 15 minutes to go, you’ve seen tonight we’ve still created chances right until the end and if you can stay in the game, anything can happen. We’ll try and take it to the wire for sure.”
The O’s return to E10 on Saturday in what is another big game in the midst of a hectic schedule as high-flying Tranmere Rovers are the visitors and Slade is hopeful of now continuing the climb up the League One table.
“It’s still a very, very big week for us and we’ve got the league leaders coming here on Saturday. We’ve got to recover right, get ourselves sorted out and get our minds set on that because if we win on Saturday we’re ten points behind the leaders.”