ORIENT manager Russell Slade is keen for his side to put Tuesday’s performance behind them despite the result, as his side look to continue their quest to gate-crash the League One play-offs.
He said: “It was a bit of a forgettable performance on Tuesday really but a vital three points. We’ll move on very quickly to Carlisle.
“There’s nothing you can take for granted and it’s a very open league. It’s proved to be that most of the season and each team that you play throws up a new challenge.
“Carlisle will be no different, Greg [Abbott] always gets his team well organised. They’re just seeking a few more points to secure their position in this league where I’m sure they will be and then to push on and get as many points as they possibly can. That’s the same for most of us.”
Mathieu Baudry was the latest casualty on Tuesday as he limped off with a hip problem and Slade admits that he is a major doubt for the visit of the Cumbrians.
“It’s not good news. I don’t think he’s going to be available for the next game or two. We’ve got a lot of injuries; I couldn’t tell you the team for Saturday. We’ll have to train on Friday and see who’s available,” he said.
“Obviously I believe in the group that we’ve got, it’s not a big group but it’s a good group. No-one can get unhappy about not playing enough and everyone’s behind the 11 that are out there on the pitch. There’s a very good spirit here and hopefully that’ll see us through until the end of the season.
“Now it’s the final hurdle before the end of the season and we seem to be in decent form albeit it wasn’t a great performance the other night. We just need to keep that going. Nothing’s changed here and nothing will change. We just want to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season.”