ORIENT manager Russell Slade came away disappointed that his side only managed a point at Meadow Lane on Tuesday.
On paper a draw would have seemed a decent result against a rejuvenated Notts County side unbeaten in five heading into the match, however much like at Sheffield United the week before, the O’s dominated long periods and on another day could have easily ventured home with all three points.
Slade said: “I think we are a bit disappointed. We felt there was three points there for the taking and we’ve not taken them. The amount of possession we’ve had is incredible and it’s not just that, the fact is we hit the crossbar, we had one goal marginally offside but we’ve worked hard second half to get ourselves back in it. I thought we were the one side looking to win it from start to finish.
“We still felt we could win the game after the equaliser and we kept pushing and pushing and if we hadn’t got at least a point it would have been a travesty.”
The injuries are starting to rack up for the O’s especially up front as David Mooney and Shaun Batt were not fit enough to travel, whilst Kevin Lisbie is still very short on match practice and Charlie MacDonald was forced off in the second half at Meadow Lane.
“Mooney has a thigh injury that’ll keep him out for a short period of time which is why he didn’t travel. The injuries are adding up at the minute, Charlie MacDonald took a bang to the head and we’ll have to see how he is. I got all I could out of Kevin Lisbie tonight too which was half an hour, so we’ll have to see where we are at the weekend,” said Slade.
The injury to MacDonald provided an opportunity to Afolabi Obafemi who looked lively in the last ten minutes and Slade wants the youngster to seize his opportunities when they come.
He said: “We have just got to get him so much fitter. He’s got something about him for definite we’ve just go to turn that into performances for him.”
Slade also believed his disappointment was an indicator of how much progress his side have made over the season.
“When it was called off over Christmas here (Notts County) you would have looked at it and said that a point up here would be a good result, but the fact we are disappointed shows how far we have come.”