ORIENT manager Russell Slade is refusing to get carried away with talk of the play-offs despite a run of four games unbeaten that has given his side a glimmer of hope of making the top six.
Heading into tonight’s game against Portsmouth, the O’s are seven points off the play-off positions but Slade is keeping his feet on the ground.
He said: “I’m not going to get excited one way or another, all I’ve asked for is for us to win as many games as we possibly can between now and the end of the season, because that’s all we can do. It’s not in our hands anyway, we’re too many points off that, but with two positive results in a week, who knows what could happen?”
Pompey find themselves deep in the relegation zone and of the remaining nine sides the O’s have to play, eight of them are against sides below them in the table. However Slade believes at this stage of the season, the league table has no bearing on results.
“It doesn’t matter where sides are in the league. All season there have been results that have turned the league upside down. Portsmouth have won their last two games so they’re a dangerous animal for starters,” he continued.
“They are in terrific form, it may be coming too late for them to get out of the situation they’re in. But they are playing as well as they have all season.”
Skipper Nathan Clarke was the latest player to pick up an injury on Saturday at Shrewsbury and remains a doubt for tonight but despite being down to the bare bones of a small squad, Slade praised the flexibility that his players have demonstrated in recent weeks.
“We’re going to give everybody as long as we possibly can to recover from the games that we’ve had recently. But whoever has gone into the side has done remarkably well and that’s the beauty of using this little group at the minute, whoever comes in seems to be performing to a high level. It’s all credit to the players that we can make changes and still get results,” he said.