ORIENT manager Russell Slade was pleased with the way his side applied themselves against Bury on Monday as they battled to three points, though admitted it was not a performance that will live long in the memory.
He said: “It was one we had to grind out, I don’t think it was a classic but I don’t think the pitch or the conditions allowed it to be and to be fair Bury adjusted to those conditions a little bit better than we did and were unfortunate not to draw first blood. It was a crazy opening period and there were chances throughout for both sides.
“We managed to get the first goal though and we’re a difficult side to beat when we go in front.”
Slade continued his recent policy of rotating his side and it’s one that continues to pay dividends for the O’s.
“We brought six new faces into the side and I was really pleased Jimmy Smith got on the scoresheet. All the strikers have scored recently too which is only good news for us and it was nice for David Mooney to scramble one in too,” he said.
One negative for the O’s boss was losing both Mathieu Baudry and Elliot Omozusi to injury, meaning Slade finished the game with a makeshift defence that had Gary Sawyer filling in at centre-back.
“Mat Baudry looks like a reoccurrence of the hip injury whilst Elliot Omozusi looked a touch more serious so we’ll have to wait and see on that one. It’s not ideal but our job remains the same, we need to get as many points as we can,” said Slade.
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