RUSSELL SLADE praised his side’s work rate as they overcame Shrewsbury at the New Meadow on Saturday.
The win makes the O’s unbeaten in four and has given them a glimmer of hope of making the play-offs, something Slade believes will be a massive ask but is not entirely out of the question.
He said: “Shrewsbury are a big side, we worked hard and felt that if we could stop crosses then we were bright enough to cut them open going forwards which we did do, so it was very pleasing.
“I’ve had a look at the Coxy [Dean Cox] penalty incident and I’ve seen them given and what is really disappointing is that [Kevin] Lisbie is a yard and a half onside for the disallowed goal, it wasn’t even close.”
One disappointment for Slade was the departure of skipper Nathan Clarke in the second half with a rib injury and the O’s manager admits that he is down to the bare bones.
“The squad is stretched but I’m hopeful that maybe Gary Sawyer and Shaun Batt could be in contention for Tuesday. Although we are a bit threadbare, we’ve got such a good group and attitude so whoever puts the shirt on at the minute will do well for us,” he said.
The win puts the O’s seven points off the play-offs and though it would require a massive effort, Slade is not ruling it out entirely.
He said: “If you’re a gambler then stick a few quid on us! I still think we need to win probably seven games to get in the shake-up but look, we are finishing the season in great style and we don’t want it to finish, we want to keep it going and see where it brings us.”